Monday, April 23


My second favorite album of 2006 was NUX VOMICA by THE VEILS. I'm happy to report that it will finally be released in the U.S. tomorrow.

Here's what I had to say about it previously:

"THE VEILS are singer/songwriter FINN ANDREWS's baby, especially after he fired all of his bandmates after their 2004 debut, THE RUNAWAY FOUND. As he was barely 20 at the time, that deed no doubt seemed premature and precipitous -- the act of an emotionally unsteady enfant terrible.

Be that as it may, if the guy continues to produce thrillingly schizophrenic albums like 2006's NUX VOMICA, I say let him lay as many sacrificial heads on the chopping-block as his cold, dark heart desires.

Andrews's music has a shape-shifting, chameleon-quality to it (as does his voice, which is one that some listeners will have to grow to love). Just when you've got the record pegged as a well-executed exercise in breezy indie-pop and bright, joyous choruses ("Calliope!," "Advice for Young Mothers to Be"), the guy hauls out his hairshirt and starts going to town ("Jesus for the Jugular," "Pan"). But once that's done, he'll find the time and inclination to lighten up and do the BRUCE/E STREET BAND thing ("A Birthday Present"), or put his own stamp on the whole FRANZ FERDINAND/EDITORS/etc. trend ("One Night on Earth"). Through it all, that aforementioned voice of his rises and falls; sags and soars. At times, it's highly evocative of STARSAILOR's JAMES WALSH. But on the slow-burn-to-explosive title track, he could just as well be JEFF BUCKLEY's bitter big brother, angrily lurching his way through a DOORS/LED ZEPPELIN bender.

The musical journey NUX VOMICA will take you on isn't the easiest you'll ever experience; there are a number of detours you'll have to endure. But, sometimes, getting lost and having to find your way back by unexpected means can make for the most exhilerating and worthwhile journey of all."

Overwritten, per usual. But I stand by the general gist.


THE VEILS on the trail >>>

Apr 25 2007 8:00P/Glasswerk-Xfm Outbreak 3 Festival/Islington Academy/London
May 2 2007 9:00P/Mezz/Breda
May 3 2007 8:00P/Doornroosje/Nijmegen
May 4 2007 8:00P/Melkweg/Amsterdam
May 5 2007 6:45P/Bevrijdingsfestival/Groningen
May 6 2007 9:00P/Rotown/Rotterdam
May 14 2007 8:00P/Ancienne Belgique/Brussels
Jun 7 2007 8:00P/Mercury Lounge/NYC
Jun 8 2007 8:00P/Union Hall/Brooklyn, New York
Jun 9 2007 8:00P/Great Scott/Boston, Massachusetts

[MP3] "One Night on Earth"
[MP3] "Under the Folding Branches"
[VID] "Advice for Young Mothers to Be"


Nick Fulton said...

I can't believe I just found this blog. I love it. You'll have to check out mine.
The Veils released Nux Vomica in NZ last year and it got awsome reviews.

Anonymous said...

this blog is indeed the shizzle!

Anonymous said...

the veils have been on my radar and in my ears for a while now, great post.
an interview with finn was posted at Six Eyes not too long ago: