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The Veils

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(2002 – 2004, 2005 – present)

The Veils (formed in 2002) are a New Zealand band based in London, fronted by Finn Andrews. Their sound has been compared to artists as diverse as Jeff Buckley, The Birthday Party, The Smiths, and Joy Division. Their live shows have become famed for their emotional intensity and Finn’s often scarily possessed stage presence.

They released their debut album, The Runaway Found, in Spain late in 2003. The first single from the album, Lavinia, was released through Rough Trade on November 24, 2003. They released the album globally in January 2004 with a different track listing. It went gold worldwide the following year.

The original lineup of The Veils (which included Oli Drake, Ben Woollacott and Adam Kinsella) disbanded in late 2004, and Andrews returned to New Zealand in order to find a new lineup. He spent the New Zealand summer rehearsing with high school classmates Liam Gerrard (keyboards) and Sophia Burn (bass), and the trio returned to London early 2005. There they got connected to Dan Raishbrook (Guitar) and Henning Dietz (drums). However Liam Gerrard left the band half way into their American tour in 2007.

The group recorded their second album Nux Vomica at Underbelly Studios in Los Angeles, with producer Nick Launay, and the album was released September 18, 2006. The album features string arrangements by ex-Lounge Lizard and long time Lou Reed collaborator Jane Scarpontoni. Nux Vomica featured on 9 critics’ Best Of The Year lists in 2006.

In the 16 months following the release of Nux Vomica The Veils played over 250 shows across 15 countries and during the U.S. leg of the tour it was announced that keyboardist Liam Gerrard would leave the band to return home to New Zealand due to personal reasons.

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  • Sasha95sss

    magical voice

    3 Jun 8:22pm Reply
  • aneasthesia

    Now I go cry in a corner because I didn't discover them sooner.

    15 Apr 11:29am Reply
  • de-enigma

    Thanks for Brussels!!! You were magnificent!

    15 Mar 1:53pm Reply
  • meolnir

    "talk down the girl" <3

    20 Jan 10:20pm Reply
  • timmyc1983

    I think their chart is broken :/

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    What a great band.

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • retrodreamer13

    You guys were great last night. So very beautiful; made my birthday night unforgettable. Thank you! God bless. <3

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Headlesswarlord

    Saw them last night. Absolutely brilliant! I'm still amping from it.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Reindas

    http://www.cardinalsessions.com/sessions/band/the-veils

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • melodymann

    it hits deeper <3

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • thaneel25

    hello fellow wild sons and daughters :) does somebody care to share a few pictures from last night in berlin?

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Nordschein

    @rirriri, I think the same. the new album is MORE like "Runaway Found"!!! very cool. so glad they've finally found their way again after a few very average records. excellent. (2)

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • thornykins

    @joeldg, I think the same. His voice definitely is different. It's glaringly apparent if you listen to the old version of "Turn From the Rain".

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • rirriri

    wow....the new album is MORE like "Runaway Found"!!! very cool. so glad they've finally found their way again after a few very average records. excellent.

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • alternapop

    maybe if he had an ironic beard or mustache it would be ok?

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Parasitical

    Take off the hat. Argh.

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • joeldg

    What happened with this new album? it's like they lost the soul, or the intensity or something. Can't put my finger on it, but Finn is not using his voice they way he has in the past, which is sort of why everyone likes this band.

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Our neighbours the Kiwis are kick ass :)

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Bdums

    Good album.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • _labyrinthe

    no, it's not.

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
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