Village Green. Chuckie-Boy CEO Michael Stein sez this.
Village Green was at its heart and core, two brothers. (Yup, one of those bands). Jeff and Trent Kelly grew up in the same small room and shared a love for all types of music, as well as a dream of one day possibly entering that world as music makers. Fame and fortune were never the quest though, only a chance to be a part of the magic of creating and performing. The fact that they lacked any apparent musical abilities growing up in no way dampened their dreams.
By the time they were in college, Punk rock had removed all their past inhibitions and, to a dangerous degree, also stoked all their ambitions: they actually thought they might be able to form a band. Once Trent’s first band, The Accident (with M. Stein on skins – td) broke up, he began writing songs for the post-wave, early ‘80’s era. Once Jeff assured him these were ‘actually good’, that was all they needed to finally take the plunge.
They named their group after a resort in Oregon where their family stayed on the way to visiting Disneyland in the mid-1960s. (The song ‘Tyee’ captures the feeling of growing up in America at the time.) If there is a common thread that runs through much of their compositions, it was the dreamy and romantic recollections of childhood, featuring its unique qualities of innocence and longing. Never angry, cocky, or even whimsical, Village Green’s songs were always marked with a somber and searching sentiment. When the band was finally poised to show the world their choicest creations, Grunge hit the Northwest like a tsunami and their self-produced debut album was wiped off the musical landscape, like a tender weed emerging from the cracks of a busy thoroughfare.
Perhaps their timing was off, but that’s ok, because it never lessened their earnest resolve to make sound art through imagination, in an effort to aurally paint ‘the other’ for those who shared their curiosity. Nor should the passage of time lesson your enjoyment, as you still have plenty of opportunity to meet the brothers Kelly at that place they created, called Village Green.
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM TD. Many of you regular followers of the monkey thang are aware there is a guy named Jeff Kelly, by whom we have put out a few million releases. This ain’t him. This is a whole ‘nother Jeff Kelly. This is the only Trent Kelly on our label however.