The Veils at Mercury Lounge, NYC 6/7/07
photo by Maryanne Ventrice
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Not Yet by The Veils from the 2007 album Nux Vomica on Rough Trade.
The Veils – Not Yet (MP3)
Finn Andrews, son of XTC’s Barry Andrews, is the only familiar face remaining from The Veil’s 2004 debut Runaway Found. Following the debut release, Andrews quickly realized the band’s sound was in need of a change. The heart-on-sleeve balladry has been traded in for a moodier modern rock sound. Drawing from the likes of the Verve, Pulp, and Suede, The Veils create their own terrifying and exciting dose of brooding Brit-pop, while adding American gothic influences. Each song is packed as tight as it can be without overwhelming, demanding multiple listens for full appreciation. Andrews, as you’ve probably noticed, garners the majority of critics’ attention, often being compared to Jeff Buckley with his vocal range and stage persona. While still in his mid-20’s, keep Andrews and company on your radar for years to come.
The Veils in the KEXP studio 6/26
with Cheryl Waters and DJ Shannon
The Veils are currently finishing up their US tour, with stops primarily in California and Texas. Check out their website and MySpace page for all the latest. Here’s a video for
Calliope, another great track off the new album: