The Veils – Tickets – The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA – November 7th, 2016

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The Veils

The Veils

Anthonie Tonnon

Monday November 7

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$16.00

This event is all ages

The Veils
The Veils
Total Depravity is the fifth studio album from THE VEILS and marks the beginning of a new era for the band and frontman Finn Andrews. With its extreme sonic contrasts, mutilated loops, bold lyricism and evangelical fervor, Total Depravity is an unpredictable journey, helmed by the exceptional production work of El-P (Run the Jewels), and Adam “Atom” Greenspan. The sinister beauty of Total Depravity represents THE VEILS’ largest stylistic shift to date and exhibits a band at the peak of their creative powers.

Andrews has lived a life of constant musical immersion. His father, Barry Andrews, was one of the founding members of new wave pioneers XTC and longtime collaborator with Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. But it wasn’t until Finn Andrews moved from his father in the UK to New Zealand with his mother at age 12 that he started writing songs of his own, many of which would form 2004’s debut album, The Runaway Found. It was in high school there that Andrews met bass player Sophia Burn, eventually forming THE VEILS and being joined later by drummer Henning Dietz, guitarist Dan Raishbrook and keyboardist Uberto Rapisardi. THE VEILS have now released five records and one EP —The Runaway Found (2004), Nux Vomica (2006), Sun Gangs (2009), The Troubles of the Brain EP (2011) Time Stays, We Go (2014) and now Total Depravity (2016).

Perhaps it is due to Andrews’ exceptionally early start in music (he wrote their debut at 14 years old) that THE VEILS have never been a band that enjoyed staying in one place for too long. From the melancholy pop of Runaway Found to the existential howling of Nux Vomica, to the fractured and folk-tinged Sun Gangs and the majestic, grand arrangements of Time Stays, We Go, THE VEILS’ sound has never been an easy thing to pin down for long. Having relocated to Los Angeles during the recording of Time Stays, the seeds of the new album were planted when Andrews met El-P, outside a bar in downtown Los Angeles.

“A very crucial part of the album has obviously been the involvement of El-P,” says Andrews. “He introduced himself firstly as just a sincere fan of our band, and we got to talking about music and all the good stuff. The very next day we ended up at his friend Wilder Zoby's house in Eagle Rock, and we all wrote and produced the song ‘Axolotl’ with El-P leading the way.’”

“THE VEILS have been one of my favorite bands since I first heard Nux Vomica,” El-P says. “I am delighted to be a part of this record. I think the goal of our collaboration was to honor the spirit of THE VEILS’ sound and to bring it somewhere it hasn’t been before.”

Inspired by their friendship and instant results, the pair used the song “Axolotl” as a jumping-off point for both their collaborating as well as the album. “‘Axolotl’ came out straight away and I think we were both just really intrigued by it and wanted to make more,” Andrews says. “The way El-P treats the low frequencies is so visceral and exciting—I immediately loved the way it paired with my voice. The vocal was sung directly into the keyboard of a laptop and was all completed very quickly. I think the fact he’d been a fan of the band for many years really made the whole experience flow very easily. There is a deep mutual respect of what we both do and it shows on the record I think."

Next, Andrews returned home to London to work with his band, writing and recording songs with collaborator Adam “Atom” Greenspan. Andrews would then take tracks sporadically to El-P during breaks in his hefty Run the Jewels touring schedule, where they would then "mess with them further,” as Andrews says. From there, the vision for Total Depravity began to manifest, with recording taking place between Konk Studios in London, Estúdios Sá da Bandeira in Portugal and in El-P’s studio in Upstate New York.

“The record began with the band recording live with Atom in London, then I would work on parts of the songs with El-P,” Andrews says. “Basically whenever Run the Jewels and The Veils both had a day or two off from touring, El and I would meet up and work on ideas for the record. It was great having these two people with very different backgrounds working on the album in their own ways and then bringing them slowly together until the songs started to fit."

“Over a period of roughly two years an album began to take shape,” he continues. “There is a large cast of characters on this record; L. Ron Hubbard, Axolotls, kind-natured crocodiles, a psychotic truck driver, The Pope, and Ingrid Bergman all get a look-in. The songs are all stories of various kinds; some experienced firsthand, others fabricated for my own amusement. It’s the first time I’ve ever written songs using mutilated loops and sounds as a starting point, though some of the songs also began on piano or guitar and were messed with later.”

Though a record of sonic contrasts, the songs all clearly come from the same, peculiar universe. With its bluesy melodies, “Low Lays The Devil” delivers a heavy bass-drum lurch goading Andrews’ voice forward. Exemplified by the raucous howling of “King Of Chrome” being followed by the sweet and buzzy guitar lingering on “Swimming With Crocodiles,” the album is always hovering on the edge between beauty and brutality.

Religion has always loomed large in THE VEILS’ back catalogue, and Andrews clearly savors lines like “A ceaseless fire and an endless rain / Are gonna flush us apes back down the drain” on the revelatory “Here Come the Dead.”
The band was also fortunate to work with frequent David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley on the song “In The Nightfall,” which was recorded at Lynch’s house in LA. It was this meeting which eventually led to an invitation for THE VEILS to appear in the new series of Twin Peaks, which will air in early 2017.

As well as David Lynch, visionary directors Tim Burton and Paolo Sorrentino have professed their love of the band and have used THE VEILS’ music on their soundtracks. It is testament to THE VEILS’ beauty and versatility that these 3 directors have all chosen them to accompany their utterly unique visions.

Elusive Italian artist Nicola Samorí, known for his figurative work and dedication to the preservation of classical styles and themes, provides the album’s striking cover. It is the perfect pairing, both Andrews & Samorí are young masters of raw, violent, and romantic deconstruction.

Relative strangers to mainstream success, Andrews and company have happily carved out a unique and highly admired corner of the musical landscape from which to go about their work, making acclaimed albums, experimenting, and amassing an intensely dedicated worldwide following. Total Depravity is a portrait of a band expanding their sonic horizons and relishing the freedom of their art - Lord knows where it will lead them next.

Track List:

1. Axolotl
2. A Bit on the Side
3. Low Lays the Devil
4. King of Chrome
5. Swimming with the Crocodiles
6. Here Come the Dead
7. In the Blood
8. Iodine & Iron
9. House of Spirits
10. Do Your Bones Glow At Night?
11. In the Nightfall
12. Total Depravity

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http://www.theveils.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/theveils | https://twitter.com/theveils https://instagram.com/finn_andrews/ | https://www.youtube.com/user/TheVeilsOfficial

“’Total Depravity’ is a masterwork of raw, violent, and romantic deconstruction - lurching consistently between beauty and brutality, it is a portrait of a band expanding their sonic horizons and relishing the freedom of their art.”


Total Depravity is the fifth studio album from THE VEILS and marks the beginning of a new era for the band and frontman Finn Andrews. With its extreme sonic contrasts, mutilated loops, bold lyricism and evangelical fervor, Total Depravity is an unpredictable journey, helmed by the exceptional production work of El-P (Run the Jewels), and Adam “Atom” Greenspan. The sinister beauty of Total Depravity represents THE VEILS’ largest stylistic shift to date and exhibits a band at the peak of their creative powers.

Andrews has lived a life of constant musical immersion. His father, Barry Andrews, was one of the founding members of new wave pioneers XTC and longtime collaborator with Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Brian Eno and Robert Fripp. But it wasn’t until Finn Andrews moved from his father in the UK to New Zealand with his mother at age 12 that he started writing songs of his own, many of which would form 2004’s debut album, The Runaway Found. It was in high school there that Andrews met bass player Sophia Burn, eventually forming THE VEILS and being joined later by drummer Henning Dietz, guitarist Dan Raishbrook and keyboardist Uberto Rapisardi. THE VEILS have now released five records and one EP —The Runaway Found (2004), Nux Vomica (2006), Sun Gangs (2009), The Troubles of the Brain EP (2011) Time Stays, We Go (2014) and now Total Depravity (2016).

Perhaps it is due to Andrews’ exceptionally early start in music (he wrote their debut at 14 years old) that THE VEILS have never been a band that enjoyed staying in one place for too long. From the melancholy pop of Runaway Found to the existential howling of Nux Vomica, to the fractured and folk-tinged Sun Gangs and the majestic, grand arrangements of Time Stays, We Go, THE VEILS’ sound has never been an easy thing to pin down for long. Having relocated to Los Angeles during the recording of Time Stays, the seeds of the new album were planted when Andrews met El-P, outside a bar in downtown Los Angeles.

“A very crucial part of the album has obviously been the involvement of El-P,” says Andrews. “He introduced himself firstly as just a sincere fan of our band, and we got to talking about music and all the good stuff. The very next day we ended up at his friend Wilder Zoby's house in Eagle Rock, and we all wrote and produced the song ‘Axolotl’ with El-P leading the way.’”

“THE VEILS have been one of my favorite bands since I first heard Nux Vomica,” El-P says. “I am delighted to be a part of this record. I think the goal of our collaboration was to honor the spirit of THE VEILS’ sound and to bring it somewhere it hasn’t been before.”

Inspired by their friendship and instant results, the pair used the song “Axolotl” as a jumping-off point for both their collaborating as well as the album. “‘Axolotl’ came out straight away and I think we were both just really intrigued by it and wanted to make more,” Andrews says. “The way El-P treats the low frequencies is so visceral and exciting—I immediately loved the way it paired with my voice. The vocal was sung directly into the keyboard of a laptop and was all completed very quickly. I think the fact he’d been a fan of the band for many years really made the whole experience flow very easily. There is a deep mutual respect of what we both do and it shows on the record I think."

Next, Andrews returned home to London to work with his band, writing and recording songs with collaborator Adam “Atom” Greenspan. Andrews would then take tracks sporadically to El-P during breaks in his hefty Run the Jewels touring schedule, where they would then "mess with them further,” as Andrews says. From there, the vision for Total Depravity began to manifest, with recording taking place between Konk Studios in London, Estúdios Sá da Bandeira in Portugal and in El-P’s studio in Upstate New York.

“The record began with the band recording live with Atom in London, then I would work on parts of the songs with El-P,” Andrews says. “Basically whenever Run the Jewels and The Veils both had a day or two off from touring, El and I would meet up and work on ideas for the record. It was great having these two people with very different backgrounds working on the album in their own ways and then bringing them slowly together until the songs started to fit."

“Over a period of roughly two years an album began to take shape,” he continues. “There is a large cast of characters on this record; L. Ron Hubbard, Axolotls, kind-natured crocodiles, a psychotic truck driver, The Pope, and Ingrid Bergman all get a look-in. The songs are all stories of various kinds; some experienced firsthand, others fabricated for my own amusement. It’s the first time I’ve ever written songs using mutilated loops and sounds as a starting point, though some of the songs also began on piano or guitar and were messed with later.”

Though a record of sonic contrasts, the songs all clearly come from the same, peculiar universe. With its bluesy melodies, “Low Lays The Devil” delivers a heavy bass-drum lurch goading Andrews’ voice forward. Exemplified by the raucous howling of “King Of Chrome” being followed by the sweet and buzzy guitar lingering on “Swimming With Crocodiles,” the album is always hovering on the edge between beauty and brutality.

Religion has always loomed large in THE VEILS’ back catalogue, and Andrews clearly savors lines like “A ceaseless fire and an endless rain / Are gonna flush us apes back down the drain” on the revelatory “Here Come the Dead.”
The band was also fortunate to work with frequent David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley on the song “In The Nightfall,” which was recorded at Lynch’s house in LA. It was this meeting which eventually led to an invitation for THE VEILS to appear in the new series of Twin Peaks, which will air in early 2017.

As well as David Lynch, visionary directors Tim Burton and Paolo Sorrentino have professed their love of the band and have used THE VEILS’ music on their soundtracks. It is testament to THE VEILS’ beauty and versatility that these 3 directors have all chosen them to accompany their utterly unique visions.

Elusive Italian artist Nicola Samorí, known for his figurative work and dedication to the preservation of classical styles and themes, provides the album’s striking cover. It is the perfect pairing, both Andrews & Samorí are young masters of raw, violent, and romantic deconstruction.

Relative strangers to mainstream success, Andrews and company have happily carved out a unique and highly admired corner of the musical landscape from which to go about their work, making acclaimed albums, experimenting, and amassing an intensely dedicated worldwide following. Total Depravity is a portrait of a band expanding their sonic horizons and relishing the freedom of their art - Lord knows where it will lead them next.

Track List:

1. Axolotl
2. A Bit on the Side
3. Low Lays the Devil
4. King of Chrome
5. Swimming with the Crocodiles
6. Here Come the Dead
7. In the Blood
8. Iodine & Iron
9. House of Spirits
10. Do Your Bones Glow At Night?
11. In the Nightfall
12. Total Depravity

###

http://www.theveils.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/theveils | https://twitter.com/theveils https://instagram.com/finn_andrews/ | https://www.youtube.com/user/TheVeilsOfficial
Anthonie Tonnon