The Veils are a London-based indie-alternative band fronted by lead singer and songwriter Finn Andrews. They are known for their chaotic and highly cathartic live performances and Finn's often scarily possessed stage presence. Head of Rough Trade Records Geoff Travis has referred to Finn as "a young but maturing real artist in the vein of Nick Cave and David Bowie".
Hot on the heels of the release of their blistering fifth album, Total Depravity, The Veils announce their first tour of New Zealand since 2013. With a powerful set of new songs and a hand-picked collection of support acts from NZ’s finest (including Dunedin luminaries The Chills; Christchurch troubadour & Noir Protagonist Delaney Davidson; and Napier noise-merchants Queens Of Beauty School), The Veils are set to return South in a blaze of glory.
Since the band premiered Axolotl, the first track from the album, with Pitchfork back in June, anticipation has built steadily for the record co-produced by El-P (Run The Jewels) and Atom Greenspan, and since its release, Total Depravity has received unanimous and glorious praise worldwide.
Their latest single Low Lays The Devil was premiered by both NME and Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show, and was championed by Steve Lamacq heading straight on to the prestigious BBC 6 Music’s Playlist.
“Being based in London we don’t get to tour NZ nearly enough, but that only makes this all the more special. These shows are going to be insane, I can feel it. It’s a homecoming - there’s nothing else quite like it.” says lead singer Finn Andrews.
“Lurid, intense & poetic… Total Depravity is a stunning, utterly individual listen.” - Clash
“Like savage collisions of Bowie, Nick Cave and Nine Inch Nails." - Uncut
“The Veils most complete and satisfying work to date.” - Record Collector
“Total Depravity offers an incredibly cohesive yet twisted and decaying ride through the dusty aberrant Bible belt of Americana.” - NZ Herald
With support from The Mermaidens, this trio are a cool, mesmerising dip into realms of post-punk, grunge and gothic blues, the entangled riff-based melodies of Larkin and West driven by Hollingsworth's fluid and dynamic percussion.
“Imagine if Sleater-Kinney were a pagan Goth band”, Noisey wrote of album single Seed. “Dream-like layers of vocals and guitars accompanied by thundering drums… conjure up an otherworldly soundscape”, said Under The Radar of Under The Mountain II.
*Presales available at undertheradar.co.nz more on the door if not sold out prior.