KEEP YER EYES PEELED: You Blew It!
Safe to say that emo never had an infectious smile until these Florida boys brought it back into pop culture relevance. Orlando collective You Blew It! has been garnering serious buzz after the release (and, kind of strangely, accompanying documentary) of their sophomore album Keep Doing What You’re Doing. They’ve perfected the Sunny Day Real Estate-meets-The Get Up Kids vibe: weird chords, bizarrely calming dissonance, and of course, uber-sincerity. Their latest video for “You & Me & Me” (I mean just look at the friggin’ song title, it’s like they’re emo machines here to save the genre) is utterly, perfectly 90s, down to the local access TV filter and baggy sweatshirts. Get your angst on.
Sunburn record release show in Orlando was sooooo sick. Thanks to everyone for ripping the knob off.
Sneaky Fuckin’ Russian // 5.27.2010
Roughly 3 months before The Past In Present was released, we threw an acoustic show at our house in Orlando. This is probably the first time this song had been recorded after finishing the record.
Shortly after the release of their sophomore album, Keep Doing What You’re Doing, I conducted an interview with You Blew It! frontman/guitarist Tanner Jones. We talked about tour, the new record and the bands plans for the rest of the year…
Hey Tanner! How’s it going?
Great! Very great.
Firstly, I have to ask something I’ve always wondered about… who are the guys on the album cover of Grow Up, Dude? The photo reflects the title really well.
Thanks! We thought the same thing. It’s an old picture of my grandpa and my dad. We were kind of at a loss for what the cover should be until that photo popped up last-minute.
That record was released about 2 years ago now and was a great debut. How does it feel looking back on it and the reception that it received?
I still have trouble wrapping my head around it. My highest expectations for this band fell somewhere in the arena of “regional weekend tours” and “beer money.” Once we sold out our favorite venue in Orlando, we knew we had something special. I’ll always be fond of that record and everything it helped us accomplish.
And of course you’ve just released its fantastic follow up Keep Doing What You’re Doing, did you find it tougher to write your sophomore album?
I don’t know if “tougher” is the right word. The sophomore slump was always looming in the back of my mind, but really we’re doing this for fun. We write music because it’s fun. We play shows because it’s fun. None of that changed when we started writing for KDWYD.
I imagine working alongside Evan Weiss was a great help, what was it like working on songs with him? His production work sounds amazing.
Nothing short of fantastic. Evan is credited as the sole producer, but I think…
You Blew It!’s new video imagines the Orlando emo powerhouse playing a low-budget TV show hosted by a clueless white-haired codger who somehow ends up sitting
We made something!