Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Original Recording Session
On the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground’s original “Candy Says” recording session, San Francisco’s FINE POINTS released a cover of the classic track. This single follows the band’s acclaimed sophomore LP, Take Shape (2018), which was produced by Grammy Award-winning Jason Carmer (Third Eye Blind, Billy Idol, Merle Haggard).
“Candy Says” is an ode to a band that changed FINE POINTS vocalist Evan Reiss’ perspective on music:
“As an aspiring 16 year-old drummer living in the suburbs, The VU changed everything. On a whim, I bought the CD version of “White Light/White Heat” at Valley Fair Mall in San Jose. As soon as I popped it in the stereo of my Mom’s red 92’ Taurus, I knew something was different. It made me uncomfortable. I felt…scared. The music sounded gnarled and broken but maintained pop sensibilities. It was rooted in blues but was somehow more ‘punk’ than any of the teenage punk rock bands that I played in. It was insanely cool and everything I never knew I needed in a band. ‘Candy Says’ is a devastatingly beautiful ballad about looking in the mirror and wishing that you were someone else. It’s a feeling that most of us have experienced at some point. I have always loved the Velvet Underground; not because they were amazing songwriters and musicians (they were)…but because they were so good at being themselves- something that can’t be faked.” – Evan Reiss
Since releasing their debut album, Hover, in 2015, FINE POINTS have continued to lay the brickwork of their narco-pop stylings. After landing tours with hazy contemporaries such as White Fence, The Warlocks, and The Fresh & Onlys, the band returned to California to work on their recently released sophomore offering. Now, FINE POINTS is continuing to grow by paying homage to a band that inspires them to be themselves.