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Interview: Jeremy Neale of Velociraptor

You’ve got to have a lot energy to be in a band with 11 other people. Velociraptor’s lead singer, Jeremy Neale, has that energy, even offering to speak 25 per cent faster to get the most out of twenty minute interview.

With its origins in Brisbane as a three-piece band with the boys from DZ Deathrays, Jeremy says that Velociraptor accumulated more members over “a combination of a lot of extremely long and drunken nights out.”

The numbers grew and were finally capped at twelve, which, as Jeremy points out, is also the number of letters in the band’s name. He admits that it “was just kind of out of control, so twelve is the magic number.”

The band is now ready to embark on a national tour, squashing on to stages, and spilling into a crowd near you.

With the need for space on stage for everyone and their instruments, mobility is key. “It’s handy if the stage isn’t too high, and then everybody can kind of come and go freely,” Jeremy explains.

The comings and goings from stage suit the high energy that the band gives off in their performances. With twelve people belting it out on stage, it’s hard to imagine that their sets wouldn’t be full of gusto.

“Regardless of what happens in the style of music, having twelve people play in the band means that every set is going to be high energy,” Jeremy says.

Yet Velociraptor’s energy is almost detrimental. Trying to secure support slots has occasionally been difficult once the number of people in the band is revealed.

Nevertheless, in the first six months of their existence, Velociraptor have taken every opportunity that they could get. Now that they’ve garnered some support of their own, they have far more freedom.

As Jeremy explains, after six months of hard work “you can kind of reel it back in; if people like your music then they’ll start to come and see you and at that point you can put on your own shows, which is always nice.”

That’s not to say that Velociraptor are taking it easy on the back of their successes. Jeremy stresses that if it were left to him, his inability to say no would have them playing four times a week.

With a propensity to say yes, bundles of energy and a desire to create as much music as possible, it’s no wonder the band is so big.

Pia Salvatore

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