“At the time I was really into ‘60s bands, and thought ‘Velveteins’ kinda sounded like one,” explains lead singer/guitarist Spencer Morphy. He and drummer Addison Hiller met around six years ago “most likely at the venue Wunderbar” in their native Edmonton, Canada. True to their name, they create easy, groovy which Spencer classifies as “very chill indie rock”. It’s earned them millions of streams and an ever-growing global fan base.
Inspired by touring, and feeling “kinda crazy and overtired”, Spencer created a home studio in his bedroom, flipping the bed against the wall to accommodate Addison’s drum kit. “I had this old 4 track TEAC tape machine with a matching board from an old friend and went into experimentation mode,” he says. “Addison would then come over and we’d sift through all the ideas.”
“’Make It Through’ is about losing people in your life,” Spencer explains, of their latest single. “When I wrote it, I had just found out a friend had passed from suicide, and I kinda needed a song like “Make It Through” to make me feel better. The chords were warm sounding like a hug, and the poetry is kind of just about our lives at the time, but in a way still acknowledging that there’s a vast world out there with other people suffering.”
Here’s a day in the life of Spencer of The Velveteins.
Date December 1, 2021
Time I woke up 7:30 a.m.
Every day starts with Some super strong coffee.
Breakfast consists of A nice pint of yogurt and hemp hearts.
To get going I always Need to gather my courage.
I don’t feel dressed without A toque or hat.
Before I start working I must Eat food, and be in a place with a lot of natural light.
Currently working on Various creative projects.
But I’d really love to be Somewhere within walking distance to a beach I can surf.
Book I’m reading Homer’s The Odyssey.
I don’t know how anyone ever Does spin class everyday.
If I had to play one album on repeat, it would be The Kinks’ Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.
The perfect midday consists of A tiny cappuccino and a nice view.
To help get through the day I need To do some exercise.
Not a day goes by without speaking to My brother and sister.
My daydreams consist of Europe.
In a perfect day, in a perfect world My VW bus would be totally not rusty, and I would be driving down Pacific Rim Highway in Tofino with a tiny cappuccino and some fried chicken listening to Harvest.
I’ll always fight for My friends.
Currently in love with My friends.
Hoping to make time to watch The new Beatles Get Back sessions.
By my bedside I always have Some water.
To help get through the night I Close my blinds and eyes.
Bed time 11:00 p.m.
When I think about tomorrow, it’s always What’s on the menu?