Band Box: Urban Heat Edition
We are thrilled to announce the launch of an ongoing YarnYAY! project to celebrate and support local music, the Band Box. Each box will cater to knitters and crocheters while featuring and benefiting (read more below) a different musical artist, beginning with Vickie's new favorite local band, Urban Heat!
The YarnYAY! Band Box is a bi-annual (debuting around Austin City Limits (ACL) and South by Southwest (SXSW) each year) limited edition box for music-enthusiast knitters and crocheters. The project respectively benefits a different featured local band with either a $1k cash grant, or $1k in merch support (to produce up to $3k in band revenue), funded in part, by box sales. The grant can be used for whatever the band wishes, including merch refresh, short-term tour per diem, equipment, photoshoot wardrobe, marketing, etc.
Based on the philosophy of creatives supporting creatives, the box's overall look, some contents, and project will be tailored to compliment the featured band.
We're thrilled to launch the very first edition of The Band Box, with Vickie's favorite Austin-based band, Urban Heat.
YarnYAY! is a proud KUTX Business Circle Supporter. Urban Heat is a KUTX Artist of the Month
"A lightning rod of dark electro/proto-punk/new wave/synth wave/part goth/part industrial sound that is all the things but… simultaneously transcending them into something fresher." - Laurie Gallardo, KUTX 98.9
Urban Heat are a 3-piece American post-punk band from Austin, TX. Their sound fuses dark 80's stylings with modern flourishes, with Jonathan Horstmann's throaty baritone delivering musings on existence and romanticism against an unrelenting industrial gothic pulse. Joined on stage by Kevin Naquin and Paxel Foley, Urban Heat’s live show is undeniably energetic and engaging, earning them slots at Austin's Levitation and Seattle’s Freakout Fest in 2021. They released 6 singles between 2019 and 2022 and while the pandemic saw their SXSW 2020 performance canceled, they returned in 2022 as official artists.
This year has brought exponential growth to the band. Atomic Music Group took Urban Heat on for North American booking and their first national tour is planned for the fall. They were selected as Black Fret grant recipients and are featured as KUTX 98.9's Artist of the Month for July. The band will be playing the Austin City Limits festival in October. The Wellness EP was released on Spaceflight Records on July 26, 2022.
Listen and learn more about the Urban Heat tour HERE.
- 1 hank Forbidden Fiber Pride DK (70% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 10% Stellina; 250 yds; 113 gr) in Band Box custom color: City Lights
- Booklet including the With the Band knit beanie pattern, plus info on our featured band
- Icons of Synth Rock Tote Bag
- Mixed Tape Gauge Ruler
- School of Rock Pick Stitch Marker
- Urban Heat Patch
- MissElaneous Art Knit Punk Sticker
- 3, 1" buttons (KNIT, Creatives Supporting Creatives, and Urban Heat)
- KUTX (Austin's NPR station) Window Cling
- (Optional) Size US 5/3.75 mm, 16" black and chrome, Knitter's Pride Karbonz circular needle
*Due to the fast turnaround of this first box, there is only a knit pattern included. However, if crocheters choose the option without knitting needles, everything else in the box will work great for crocheters, too! We recommend this free beanie pattern.