Photo: Sam Milianta
Years ago, traveling to Provo to see a touring band would have seemed unthinkable. When Corey Fox opened Velour, however, that all began to change. Fox began the all-ages venue almost five years ago with little more than a dream and some elbow grease. Fox’s hard work has paid huge dividends for Provo’s surprisingly diverse musical community by providing a cultural hub deep in the heart of Utah County, as well as helping to launch the careers of Isaac Russell and Neon Trees. Velour has slowly begun reaching premiere status, siphoning off established SLC and national acts from Salt Lake’s usual haunts to play in Velour’s lush interior.
SLUG: Tell us about your first experience with SLUG Magazine.
Fox: I think my first experience with SLUG was probably in the very early ‘90s, when I was so hungry for music and vintage clothing that I would often take the trip up to SLC from Provo to pick up whichever zine would notify me of the next DV8 concert or cool new store. My first official interaction with SLUG came in the mid-’90s when I was managing the SLC band Clover. They really took off and were receiving a lot of press at the time,
and SLUG was always very cool and supportive of the band.
SLUG: How have you seen the magazine change since then?
Fox: I think the biggest change I’ve noticed is the visual quality. It obviously started as a small, simple black-and-white zine and has grown into a full-color, legitimate publication with continually great cover art.
SLUG: What is one of the most memorable SLUG articles that you have read?
Fox: My most memorable SLUG article was probably the July 2008 story about Utah ska. I was heavily involved with the ‘90s Utah Valley ska scene when it exploded into the national spotlight, and have fond memories of that time. I was happy to read an article that revisited and educated people about that exciting time in Utah music history.
SLUG: What is your favorite SLUG cover?
Fox: This was a tough question. I can appreciate a cover for a lot of different reasons. Content-wise, I obviously like the July 2008 Utah ska cover (#235). I work with local bands and always love to see them receive the recognition they deserve, so I was happy to see the May 2008 cover (#233) featuring my friends Band of Annuals. Artistically, the Sep. 2008 cover (#237) was my favorite with The Vile Blue Shades’ Blue Devil. If I can only pick one though, I would have to choose issue #9 from 1989. This actually came out about five years before I met my friend Patrick Young, but I was happy to see him front and center on the cover with his legendary local band The Stench. The article inside talks about him recently joining the band, and there is also a great old ad from Grunts & Postures, one of my favorite stores at that time.
SLUG: Tell us about the most memorable SLUG event that you’ve attended.
Fox: I know this isn’t an exclusive SLUG event, but I am a huge fan of the Twilight [Concert] series each year. People that know me know that I am a workaholic and rarely escape Provo and Velour ... except for Thursdays each July and August.
SLUG: How has SLUG affected your life?
Fox: I fell in love with the Utah music and art world 20 years ago and it is still the driving force of my life. I appreciate any publication that obviously has that same love for this strange culture and strives to enhance it.
SLUG: Why do you think SLUG has continued to be relevant in Utah for the last 22 years?
Fox: I think where you find a very conservative culture you also often find a thriving subculture. I think that will always be the case here in Utah, and why SLUG is still relevant as a voice for that ever-growing underground culture.