From the depths of Malta comes The Velts, a quartet that have been stirring things up musically for quite some time. Formerly known as The Kid Knees, Sean Borg, Matthew Cardona, Alistair Abela and Stimpy’s recent return has brought something new and interesting to the indie-rock game. With a sound akin to Sex Pistols and other notable punk-rock legends, their energy is both fervent and infectious. Currently working on their debut album, The Velts found some time away from their guitar thrashing to answer a few questions.
Indie Current: Before you made the change to The Velts, you were first called The Kid Knees. What prompted you to change your name?
The Velts: The reason behind the name change was due to the fact that we felt The Kid Knees—although it was written this way (not kidneys)—was over used by other foreign acts. We also felt that, as we progressed musically, the name felt a bit childish. Thus, we changed the name to The Velts.
IC: You also started out as a trio, but recently added a fourth member. Why so?
TV: After around a year or so, our music demanded a bigger sound, which the three of us couldn’t produce on our own. At first we had a fourth member, Daniel Borg, who had synth and guitar duties. Afterwards, a fifth member, Alistair Abela, took Daniel’s guitar roles (allowing Daniel to focus on synth duties). Daniel had to leave Malta, therefore, Alistair took synth as well, retaining his guitar duties.
IC: Sean, you are Maltese, however, you sing in a British dialect. Do you think this choice of dialect helps you reach a larger audience?
TV: Sean isn’t present for this interview, so we cannot fully answer on his behalf. We like his haircut, though.
IC: Is getting signed to a label high on the agenda for the band? And, if so, why?
TV: We think that it’s every acts goal to eventually get signed and recognized by a label. The reason is that, it is the most traditional way for a band to grow and get recognized worldwide by having records and festival bookings abroad.
IC: What are you doing in order to gather attention for yourselves from foreign listeners?
TV: We are doing something that we think is a bit unique to our shows and material. We are also trying to promote as much as we can online in order to gather some form of recognition overseas.
IC: Do you feel restraint within the music circuit of Malta?
TV: No shit! [Laughs].
IC: Are their thoughts of leaving Malta?
TV: Actually, we are planning something of the sort, but it’s a bit early to elaborate 😉
IC: I feel that you are still looking for a definitive sound. Are you? And, if so, how will you know when you have found it?
TV: We actually lost our sound somewhere between Rabat and Buskett. We thought we found it, but it was a dead cat.