New Driving Pop From The Veils

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It’s been way too long since we’ve heard from indie pop band The Veils, so I was excited today to hear that they’re coming back with a new album this year.  Below you can find the first new single from the band in several years entitled “Through the Deep Dark Wood”.  It’s certainly a driving pop number that’s got me excited to hear even more new music from the band in the coming months.  Welcome back gents.

You can pick up The Veils new album Time Stays, We Go Out on April 23rd.

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Download: The Veils – Through the Deep Dark Wood [MP3]

The Veils – Troubles of the Brain

Rating: ★★★ · ·

The last time we heard from The Veils on a recording was in 2009 with Sun Gangs.  But, we’re sure to get more from the band soon, as their latest Troubles in the Brain EP indicates. 

You’ll find traditional touchstones of the group throughout this 7 song collection.  “The Wishbone” uses singer Finn Andrews voice to carry the song, whilst the rest of the group uses intricate touches of production and layering to flesh out the rest of the track.  It’s odd, but for some reason I hear a lot of Jason Spacemen in this track. 

Personally, “Grey Lynn Park” is my favorite track on this EP.  Andrews has a bit of a heavier tone to his voice, but it’s the way the strong was constructed that really gets at me.  It’s as if every little piece of instrumentation serves the perfect purpose, making this one of my favorite tracks from the band’s career. 

Of course, these stronger tracks all live at the back end, as the first half of Troubles of the Brain are a little bit bouncier.  It’s not necessarily a bad way to approach the songwriting, but “Don’t Let the Same Bee Sting You Twice” and “The Stars Came Out Once the Lights Went Out” are very similar, perhaps just because of the rhythm.  The latter has a bit of Arcade Fire construction to it, even in the way that the lyrics are composed.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just a bit of commentary. 

It seems clear throughout that The Veils are listening to their peers, as a lot of this EP has touches of current products out in the indie world.  From guitar sounds to the various layers being used, it all has some sort of link.  But, their bread and butter lives in their quiet place, or rather those moments like “Iodine and Iron” when Finn sounds fragile.  These are the moments when Andrews as a songwriter is clearly above so many, and creates the kind of work you wish there was more of in the world.  Troubles of the Mind clearly has indicators as to where the band goes from here.  Either way the band goes, it seems grounded in continual growth, which is never a bad thing.

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Download: The Veils – The Wishbone [MP3]

New Music from The Veils

Finn Andrews and Co. have opted to bail on Rough Trade, pursuing their own adventure into the DIY realm, and their first test will be the release of their new Troubles of the Brain EP. The new label for The Veils is now going to be called Pitch Beast Records, with some allusion to animals used in promotional campaigns. Anyways, the last record the band put out was underrated in my opinion, and I’ve been really enjoying what I’ve heard from the EP so far (you can sample 3 tracks HERE).  I really hope this works out for the band, as Finn has this incredible voice that never ceases to hit my musical heart.

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Download: The Veils – The Wishbone [MP3]

7/19 – Foreign Born/The Veils @ Mohawk

og_v_fb_06Sunday night wrapped up a rather moderate week of live music in Austin, but let’s not forget that we’ve had a pretty awesome summer of live music. Fortunately for us at ATH, we were able to catch Foreign Born, The Veils and Other Girls at The Mohawk on Sunday night, just after we did our best to pretend to be entertained by the Anarchy Wrestling Tour outside of the Mohawk. You can’t argue with $1 Pabst or good tunes. Follow the jump for our take on the show and a few snapshots.

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The Veils – Sun Gangs

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Rating: ★★★ · ·

Let it be said; this album is full of amazing songs.  Sure, that’s a weird way to start off a review, but one would have to listen to this album to understand why it receives a less than stellar rating.  Sun Gangs, the new album from London’s The Veils, is a vibrant affair, switching at every change of song. It drags influences from all across the globe; it does this without sounding overtly banal. Yet, something is amiss here.

On opening number “Sit Down by the Fire” singer Finn Andrews comes off like a cross between the hallowed voices of Win Butler and Will Scheff, though the music definitely lends itself to a more Arcade Fire styling as pounding piano work is maxed out with accompanying percussion and guitar strumming. You’re ready for an album full of such tunes, such great tunes, but then they put a bag over your head; you’ve awoken in a completely different place.

Title track “Sun Gangs” is a wonderful tune. It is the second track on the album, but it doesn’t have a lot of relation to the place where your journey began. Melancholy moments like this make one remember the sweetness of Spirtualized, and Spaceman’s ability to pull at your heartstrings with his voice alone; Andrews does the same, even with his lyrics. So maybe we’re in for a solemn album, and the opener was just a bit off.  Wrong again.

All of a sudden we’re thrust into a space-rocker of sorts with “The Letter”, in a somewhat Muse meets Clap Your Hands Say Yeah sort of way.  Sure, it sounds like quite an awkward affair, but it’s a striking song nonetheless, one worth listening to on repeat, at least a couple of times through.  The next song is sort of a rocker, with definite leanings toward Muse. Then we’re back again to the mellower moments as the band goes into “It Hits Deep.” Once again, this song tugs at you emotionally, and that really has a lot to do with the spectacular voice of Andrews.

Still, this is the variety of songs that you are presented with in the first moments of this album, and you still have another half of the album to go, which follows the same pattern more or less. This is precisely the issue that many listeners will find when listening to the album from start to finish.  The songs do not seem to connect to one another there is not a fluid movement from one place to the very next.  The schizophrenic nature of the album detracts from the overall quality; this record needs some cohesiveness. Individually, there are some ridiculously good songs, but they don’t work together as a whole.  Otherwise, The Veils constructed a solid effort of tunes worthy for any mix tape.

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Download: The Veils – The House She Lived In [MP3]