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Poignant and exceptional.

When I was thirteen, I managed to convince my parents that I was mature enough to watch the thriller, “Mr. Brooks”, a film about a serial killer with an alter-ego and an obnoxious thorn in his side who wishes to learn how to murder people. Needless to say, it was sort of a bust of epic proportions, with my head barely leaving the safety of the crook of my father’s shoulder the entire night, but in that failure, I also found success, for that was the first time I ever heard The Veils. Their song, “Vicious Traditions”, was used as atmospheric music throughout the movie, and I was enraptured. Early the next morning, I searched up the song on iTunes, and immediately downloaded it. I adored the song, and gave it many listens over the next few weeks, but I never thought to seek out the rest of the album, assuming they had one marvelous track, and much, much filler, the remaining music serving only to waste time and satisfy the record company’s contract while they lived off the single, like many other bands today. However, after months of putting off what was sure to be disappointment, I finally gave in to my growing curiosity and sampled the rest of the tracks on “The Runaway Found”. I was blown away, and proceeded to buy the CD. Later, I discovered that they had released another album, this one entitled “Nux Vomica”. I bought the CD entirely out of faith, and was not disappointed in the least. In fact, “Nux Vomica” was probably the best album I had ever heard. With overwhelming passion and brutal honesty, it was absolutely enthralling how the band had evolved so greatly in only two years, and I deemed it my absolute favorite. I eagerly awaited the next release with equal doses of fear and excitement. Now that “Sun Gangs” is here, I must say that all my worries have been put to rest, because every song here is an absolute gem. A strange mix of the softness of ‘The Runaway Found”, the terrifying fervor of “Nux Vomica”, and something else, something new, this album is not only a strong contender in my mind for the best Veils album, it’s a strong contender for my favorite album. Wow. Um, I’m sorry for raping your eyes here with this incredibly and rather needlessly long intro. I guess I'm trying to do The Veils justice, not to mention make up for two sub-par reviews I've done for this band in the past. I’ll just continue now, and do a track by track review, as seems to be the fashion on iTunes. Sit Down By the Fire- Both theatrical and intimate, this sings with a knowing tremor about the baleful glory of an end, of being powerless to do nothing but to sit, rest your feet, and watch the collapse. Majestic, and quite, quite beautiful. “My father’s singing in the fallen leaves, about the complicated beauty of a river run dry.” Sun Gangs- With trembling vocals and ghostly piano, this song holds an ominous beauty in its heart. “Where I am going you can’t save me.” The Letter- This describes the painful process of drifting away from a loved one, and yet it does so in such a fashion it trips over all the facets of your mind for days afterward. Brilliantly consuming in a dizzying clash of guitar and drums. “Go wash your heart in the river ‘til the water runs clear.” Killed By the Boom- The tale of a nameless vagabond, with the “dull eyes of a steer and a lion’s mane”, and the social injustice that surrounds his death. Charred and snarling, this song sounds vaguely like a mortally-wounded animal that’s thrashing out and desperately trying to dismember its final attacker before blacking out. “He weren’t no drug dealer, Momma, he was a dancer.” It Hits Deep- A haunting song that lingers long after the final notes have been played. It’s soft and sparse, but you can feel the emotions throbbing beneath the surface, you can feel the tension in the voice. Like muscles tightening underneath the skin. “Hope there’s someone, ‘cause I’ve been down for so long.” Three Sisters- Full of passion, grotesque imagery, mandolins and fevered baritone howls. A fleeting glimpse into madness. “Saw tonight three sisters burning and bloodied by the riverside, I led my love to that burning building, three sisters were my mother’s pride.” The House She Lived In- The spirit of the 60’s burns brightly within this song, with a light doowop melody featured alongside mournful lyrics. Although the contrast is a little confounding, it’s definitely very satisfying. “Ain’t no calling you back, I just want you to know, I’ve your voice in my head and your frame on the wall.” Scarecrow- Strongly spiritual and poetic, it’s evident that frontman Finn Andrews is laying himself completely bare on this track, from both an emotional and vocal standpoint. Heartwrenching. “He wouldn’t know he still dreams of a bird of a terrifying size.” Larkspur- Otherworldly. Begin Again- The reflective closer that embodies the record’s themes of hopeful sorrow perfectly, and is strangely reassuring, not because it has any answers, but because it gently reminds us that no one does. A bittersweet ballad that puts salve on your wounds and gathers you close. “We’re all just following the light of long-dead stars.”

It's a MUST!

I listened and listened again and again...every songs are perfectly done and it's probably the best group I heard since a long time ago! They manage to put their own style and it's worth it...all the way. Love Larkspur!!!

Just more greatness from The Veils

With each successive album Finn and the gang continue to grow and show a diversity both sonically and emotionally that makes them unique amongst artists. I am proud to continue to call The Veils my favorite band in the world. Indeed the ONLY band that I wait impatiently to release new music and get genuinely excited as the release date approaches. Why? Because they haven't made a bad record yet.. Or even a mediocre record for that matter. If you don't know The Veils, buy this record. Then do yourself a favour and buy all the rest..


Formed: 2001 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As the son of keyboardist Barry Andrews (XTC, Shriekback), the Veils' Finn Andrews knew nothing else except a world full of music and art. He had plans to become a painter as a young lad; however, a move to his grandmother's abode in Devonport, New Zealand (near Auckland) with his mother pointed Andrews in a different direction during his teenage years. He frequented the local folk scene to escape the ho-hum of country living. Once consumed with his father's electronic work from the 1980s, Andrews...
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