Nashville-based synthpop band VEAUX revealed their single “Heart Right” on June 21st.
Growing up in church, the band talks about their struggles with their faith and saying goodbye to the faith of their childhood in their latest single.
"'Heart Right' is a song that we needed to write for many reasons. A few of the songs we put out in our first year of being in a band didn't quite capture the three of us in the way we needed it to, although I think we learned a lot. This track captures our wrestle with God and other mysteries of the universe. We grew up in church all of our lives and always felt like the black sheep in the flock. We had questions. We had thoughts. We had issues,” explains the band.
Originally from Colorado, VEAUX was known as Medic in a past life— an indie rock-focused group.
Aaron Wagner, Andrew Black, and Dominic Wagner will be releasing their new single “You Make My Heart Go” on July 12th.
“Heart Right” is now available on major streaming platforms.
Introduce the band. Where are you from?
My name is Aaron. I sing and play guitar and piano; my brother, Dominick, plays the drums; and my best friend, Andrew, plays the bass. We live in Nashville, TN.
What's the band's story?
We’re just church kids that fell in love with rock music at an early age. After years of being in bands and kinda treating music as a hobby, the three of us decided to move to Nashville and really make a go of it. We all lived in a house together with all of our wives for the first year we were in Nashville. Best time ever. The goal for us is to sing songs that make people feel seen, just like a few bands have done for us.
When did realize you wanted to form the band?
VEAUX started in January 2018. The three of us had been together in a different band with a different lineup before then. I think we just love making music together. It’s a very natural and fun thing for the three of us. VEAUX was just a very obvious decision in the months leading up to announcing it as a project. We just have too much fun hanging out together.
How has your sound evolved since your very first release as a band?
Definitely. We love pop music a lot. Our first year of releases, we really tried to fall in line and give really pristine recordings, which I think is a season for many recording artists. Now, I think we are in a phase where we are going for interesting over pristine: putting things through tape machines, sampling things around our houses, trying to lean into real instruments over digital ones. I think we realized we wanted to put as much of our own personality into the music we make together instead of just trying fall in line with the trends. Now it’s, “how do we use this trend and flip it on its head to feel like us?”
When did you realize the music you are making right now was the right fit for the band?
I write and produce a lot for other artists, so I pride myself on have ideas at the ready at all times. I really just let Dominick and Andrew say yes or no to stuff that is on my computer. "Heart Right" and "You Make My Heart Go" were both just very stream of conscious early morning sessions. I woke up for a week at 5 AM and made stuff with no agenda. When the guys got to the studio at 9 AM, I had these rough ideas and they loved them so much that we finished them and played them at a show that night. They just felt so fun to listen to.
How would you define VEAUX the band?
Maybe this sounds cheesy, but it’s a family. The three of us, our wives, our manager and his family, our photographer, the producers and mix engineers we work with— it’s all people we’ve been friends with for ages and plan on keeping it that way. I think great art comes from great relationships. You can push each other to go farther than if it was just a collection of hired guns.
"Heart Right" is your new single. What's the story behind this song?
I grew up in church… we all did. I eventually became the worship pastor of a mega church. I was really good at it, but internally I was crumbling. I still identify as a Christian, but American Christianity is a very hard pill for me to swallow. It’s a very niche reference, but kids who ground up in church will have at some point had someone tell them to "get their heart right."
Growing up, I had so many doubts, questions, opinions and different thoughts than people in my church, and I felt like I was always in trouble. Their fix for me was to tell me to get my heart right. The song is a tongue-in-cheek way of saying, “who are you to even measure the rightness of my heart?”
When did you start working on "Heart Right"?
January 2019. We made a resolution to start writing extremely personal songs.
What do you like the most about this particular song?
It sounds like a band! It feels like our truest selves sonically and lyrically. I’m really proud of the way we didn’t try to over-produce it and just let it be a band playing a song and supporting the melody.
What made you want to release "Heart Right" as a single?
We intended to release a bunch of EPs this year, but I just don’t think I was in an emotionally healthy enough place to handle that workload. We self-produce as much as possible and have to really pace ourselves to not overextend our capabilities. When "Heart Right" was finished, we just wanted it in people’s ears as soon as possible, and that’s kind of the only thing we are worried about: finishing songs and getting them out as soon as we can.
What is your goal for this new song?
I think it’s one of the first songs that I didn’t hide behind poetry or production. I want people to know us. I want to find our people out there in the world.
As a band, what do you want to accomplish?
Tour with Coldplay is the big one. Otherwise, I think it’s to be on the road as much as possible, put out as much painfully honest music as we can handle, stay married, and eventually sign a deal with Atlantic Records.
What advice would you give to anyone who'd like to start a band?
Say yes to process. It’s okay to be bad. It’s okay to fail. It’s okay to feel directionless, but it’s not okay to stop because of those things. If you can be okay with making missteps and feeling rejected every once in awhile, anything is possible. We are just now learning all this. A fan is someone who wants to see and engage with the process, so let them see and engage with it—the good, bad and ugly.
What message do you want to give to younger generations?
Social media is a tool. Let it serve you, don’t serve it. In today’s day and age, I think the ones who master that will be the most successful. Also, take care of the earth.
In your opinion, what would make the world a better place?
Extending grace and compassion to each other. We are loving “cancel culture” a bit too much. I think people should be accountable for their actions, but we don’t even accept apologies anymore if they don’t say it how we think they should. That’s gross to me. I’m personally just trying to extend the feeling I would want someone to give me at my lowest.
What are the biggest life lessons have you learned so far?
Nothing is permanent. And that’s beautiful. It used to scare me so much and now it excites me that we have the ability to change and grow and learn. A guy I met when I was 16 said something that changed my life forever: “the greatest superpower of all is the ability to change your mind.” I loved that. I want to stay a student and hold things with open hands instead of a clinched fist.
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