More than two months ago PropertyOfZack, Lame-O Records, and Big Footprints began piecing together The BIG Comp. When we were finally finished we looked at our 75-band charity compilation and thought “how the hell did we do that?” Every band and label we contacted, not only supplied us with songs, but let us know how excited they were to be a part of something so unique. We knew that every band who submitted a song had their own story.
For our second Behind The BIG Comp segment we spoke with Florida’s You Blew It! With a funky name, and even funkier tunings, You Blew It! have established themselves as a front runner in the resurgence of 90’s emo. The Topshelf Records heavyweights have been receiving quite some attention since releasing their LP “Grow Up, Dude,” and they have no plans on stopping anytime soon. With a full US with Mixtapes and Light Years planned this summer, YBI will have the opportunity to play in places they have never have before-and with nothing but positive reactions coming from fans, we believe that this tour will not only create new opportunities for the band but also open up the eyes of any people who might be sleeping on You Blew It! just because of their funky name.
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Hey guys! Thanks for talking to us; before we go on can we get a list of everyone in YBI and their role in the band?
I am Tanner and I sing and play guitar. Andy plays guitar and tells the sound guy that his mic is too loud. Nick plays bass guitar, and Tim plays drums. Trevor plays guitar while we’re at home sometimes but I don’t know if you wanted to know about that or not.
You guys have a really interesting name, how did you come up with “You Blew It!”? Did you have any other names in mind when you first started?
We’ve gotten this same Tumblr question like a million times. It’s nudged in between someone asking what tunings we play in and some anon telling us that he just farted or something. We have this answer rehearsed. Kind of like when someone asks you why you’re a vegetarian or why you have that one tattoo. It’s just a dumb pop culture reference/inside joke that just stuck. It’s a boring story.
On the subject of names, your track and album titles are always very unique – Is there any specific way you guys go about naming your material? Also, is “I’m A Kid, That’s My Job” an Uncle Buck reference? ……I hope it is.
Admittedly we’re the worst at naming things. I mean, you’ve heard the name of our first LP, right? It has “dude” at the end of it. Honestly we just make awful working titles, and by the time they release, the names stick. Also yes, “I’m a Kid” is an Uncle Buck reference. We thought about naming the first song on that split “Why Do You Ask So Many Questions?” but “Batavia, NY” was more fun.
You guys recently released a split with, the always wonderful, Fake Problems; how did you guys first hook up? What was it like working with Derek Perry again?
Perpetually wonderful! Fake Problems lives in the town that I grew up in. We went to a lot of the same shows together when I was in high school, and it wasn’t long after YBI formed that our paths just naturally crossed. I mean it when I say that we wouldn’t even be close to the place we are without Fake Problems or Derek Perry. Grow Up, Dude is basically just a Derek Perry & the You Blew Its record. We owe him big time.
With 3 pressings of “Grow Up, Dude” now sold out, you guys must be overwhelmed with how the record has been received by fans- what has been your reaction to this incredibly positive response?
We’ve been absolutely floored by the reaction, to be honest. We were always confident in the record we had, but none of us ever expected how well it would be received. It just felt like one day we were playing new songs, and then the next, people were singing them while standing on top of other people. I’ve never been so happy to chip my teeth.
Have you guys started writing any new material? Any releases we can look forward to this year from YBI?
Yes. We are writing. I’m going to keep quiet about that for right now though. ;)