Today’s Song: Glasgow’s Velvet Shake, Rattle, Rock N’ Roll on Electrifying 3rd Single “I Prefer You (In My Head)”

Velvet © 2022
Velvet © 2022
An undeniable eruption of raw emotion and energy, Glasgow band Velvet’s third single “I Prefer You (In My Head)” is the kind of anthem that will wake you up, shake you up, and get you ready to face all of life’s obstacles head-on.
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There’s an unapologetic charge about Glasgow band Velvet’s third single: A rippling current that courses through the song’s churning drums, its roaring guitars, and feverish vocals, all of which combine into a frenzy of passionate, high-octane indie rock. An undeniable eruption of raw emotion and energy, “I Prefer You (In My Head)” is the kind of anthem that will wake you up, shake you up, and get you ready to face all of life’s obstacles head-on.

I Prefer You (In My Head) - Velvet
I Prefer You (In My Head) – Velvet
Ever the optimist; I keep holding out for you
Past life experience with nothing left to lose
A heavy conscience is breaking me You look dreary dear
Take this burden off of me
There’s nothing left to see

Released February 18, 2022 via Affection Records, “I Prefer You (In My Head)” is simply undeniable. The third release from Glasgow’s Velvet sees the Scottish five-piece coming to life in an explosive upheaval of heavy beats, tempered melodies, and visceral lyrics. Following the band’s first two singles “Sex & Suicide References” (2019) and “Black and Blue” (2020), “I Prefer You (In My Head)” is dynamic, tight, and searing: A controlled chaos that feels true to the spirit of the “indie rock” genre. Consisting of members Aidan Glass (lead vocals, guitar, keys), Scott McIntee (lead vocals, guitar), Kieran Scott (guitar, keys), Christopher Walls (bass), and Sean Johnstone (drums), Velvet are a promising bright spot in Scotland’s rock scene.

Velvet © 2022
Velvet © 2022

The band make an especially bold stand on their new chorus, blazing a trail forward with a cinematic release of intimate, honest emotion:

Who would’ve thought it’d come to this?
You just keep me hanging on ’til the end
I’ll remain if you insist
But I much prefer the “you” in my head

“’I Prefer You (In My Head)’ was written in 2019, after I had recently finished seeing someone,” Velvet’s Aidan Glass tells Atwood Magazine. “I had fallen pretty badly for them but also severely lacked confidence in their presence, though I spent most of my time fantasizing about what our lives would be like together. Eventually I was ghosted and became really frustrated at how the person I wanted to be with was essentially not a real person; I preferred the version of them I had made up.”

“Musically, I wanted to draw directly from my influences by combining different textures I liked at the time. For example, I wanted the lead guitar to be a combination of both Johnny Marr and Graham Coxon. We intentionally kept the structure and chord progression very simple, so we could experiment with the vocals a little more. The song is also the only release we have so far with Scott doing lead vocals but generally we do both split the singing responsibilities.”

Your eyes are sunken, calling out for bed
Is this your life all the time?
You’ve had too much again
Stop haunting me (Stop haunting me)
Stop haunting every little thing I do
I wake up and all I do is lie in bed and
Think of you
And who would’ve thought it’d come to this?
You just keep me hanging on ’til the end
I’ll remain if you insist
But I much prefer the “you” in my head
Velvet © 2022
Velvet © 2022



We’ve all experienced that imbalance between fantasy and reality, the love we want versus the person we’ve “got.” Velvet’s new single shines an important light on the truth, and while it may not be the news we wanted, sometimes the person you’re with isn’t (and will never quite be) who you want them to be. “I Prefer You (In My Head)” is painfully honest in that respect, and though it means our narrator is back at it alone again, it’s probably for the best.

Of course, this song doesn’t dwell – not that much. Bold and boisterous, Velvet ensure we’re left with a twinkling in the eyes and a pounding in our chest. Get lost in the throes of “I Prefer You (In My Head),” out now.

I prefer you, in my head
I prefer you, in my head
Who would’ve thought it’d come to this?
You just keep me hanging on ’til the end
I’ll remain if you insist
But I much prefer the “you” in my head

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