BAND DETAIL: Velvet Love Box
Forget almost everything you know about live bands. For Velvet Love Box
more closely resembles a three-ring circus than a band. Velvet Love Box,
sometimes described as "acoustic anarchy", features three veteran
musicians from the north Texas area: guitarist/vocalist Scot Cloud,
percussionist/vocalist Brandon Bumpas, and vocalist/bassist Neil
Schnell. By taking away the screaming amps, the racks of electronic
gear, and the same old tired song list; the trio seeks to break from the
traditional confines of most bands to forge something new and unique
using only the barest of essentials- acoustic guitars, bass, percussion,
and a bag of musical tricks big enough to choke Felix.
Velvet Love Box formed at Broncos Sports Bar in 1997 as a weekly
acoustic jam session. As the weeks passed it soon became clear that a
cohesive group had emerged and a phenomenon had been born. The three
soon found themselves holding court to throngs of fans, admirers and
well wishers. Offers, proposals, and TV movies abounded, but the bright
lights of fame and fortune were not the desire of the troupe, and it was
decided that the purity of the Box demanded that the music remain for
the people. Hollywood would have to wait.
In early 2002, to spread the music farther, VLB signed with Texas indie
label Aaron Ave. Records. Recognizing their potential, Aaron Ave.
immediately put the Love Box to work in the studio. The release of their
first EP "Pilot" ushers in a new phase of progression for the band. The
disc offers four crowd favorites from their live show, as well as four
unreleased original songs. Velvet Love Box now looks to the future.
Touring in support of their EP and upcoming LP, adding to their already
extensive playlist and continuing their full assault on the "average"
And so, like musical guerillas, the Love Box carries on. Utilizing the
instruments at their disposal to take the music back to the citizenry,
bringing their eclectic mix of music and comedy to whatever situation
they find themselves in. Wherever there's a kid who wants something
besides Creed, VLB will be there. Wherever there's a club, a sports
event (Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers, etc.), a corporate party, or a
backyard barbeque, the Love Box will be there. And whenever you find
yourself in need of that something special, well my friend, Velvet Love
Box will be there too.
Ever unpredictable, always entertaining, priced to move and named for a
TV covered in fur...! give you Velvet Love Box.