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The Velvet Teen

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Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA (USA)


Since its inception in late 1999, The Velvet Teen have traveled the world and challenged the very concept of genre with its eclectic and at times schizophrenic appeal. From the early EPs which showed prowess in the pop realm, to the dynamic indie jangle of its Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie)-produced debut, Out of the Fierce Parade, to the romantic strings and quietly political lyrics of Elysium, to the sexually charged whip-it beats of Cum Laude! and No Star EP, The Velvet Teen truly has a talent for seducing the masses into a cult-like state, before promptly leaving the faithless with nothing but a Kool-Aid aftertaste. The believers, however, will vouch that the experience is well worth the risk.

The Velvet Teen officially made its debut in a brief Icelandic tour in the debatedly millennial new year, finding founding member Judah Nagler accompanied by electronic arrangements programmed on a portable sequencer. After returning home, Nagler teamed up with former bandmate Logan Whitehurst, and together they recorded the first EP under the moniker. Josh Staples soon joined the group, and the trio recorded a wealth of material while touring North America, Canada and Japan until late 2004 when Whitehurst was diagnosed with brain cancer. Whitehurst would sadly pass from the disease in 2006. Casey Deitz filled in for Whitehurst and later joined the group permanently to help extend the band's reach to Europe and record Cum Laude! (2006).

The present day finds The Velvet Teen signed to the San Diego, CA-based powerhouse independent label Topshelf Records (Braid, The Jazz June) and preparing for the release of All Is Illusory, its newest material that is a culmination of its history and a body of work that represents where its members currently are, creatively. With the forthcoming album slated for release, The Velvet Teen will be touring North America in support of it throughout 2015.

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The Velvet Teen Cum Laude!

The Velvet Teen

Cum Laude! (2006)


Minus the Bear / P.O.S. / the Velvet Teen live in New York

Minus the Bear / P.O.S. / the Velvet Teen

live in New York (2006)

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Minus the Bear / P.O.S. / the Velvet Teen live in Washington, D.C.

Minus the Bear / P.O.S. / the Velvet Teen

live in Washington, D.C. (2006)

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The Velvet Teen Elysium

The Velvet Teen

Elysium (2004)


Cursive / The Velvet Teen / Race for Titles live in Seattle

Cursive / The Velvet Teen / Race for Titles

live in Seattle (2003)

live show

The Velvet Teen Out Of The Fierce Parade

The Velvet Teen

Out Of The Fierce Parade (2002)


The Velvet Teen Plus, Minus, Equals

The Velvet Teen

Plus, Minus, Equals (2002)


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Current Releases

The Velvet TeenAll Is Illusory

The Velvet Teen

All Is Illusory

June 30, 2015


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The Velvet Teen

Monday, February 23, 2004 at 9:27 PM (EST)

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