The Veils have announced their first UK tour since releasing the album ‘Total Depravity’ in August 2016.
The live dates include a show at Islington Assembly Hall on 19 September. Tickets are available here.
“We’re very excited to be touring the UK again, and playing Festival Number 6 in Portmerion is obviously incredible,” says frontman Finn Andrews.
Coinciding with the announcement, the band have released an EP, ‘Acoustic Session at Roundhead’, featuring acoustic versions of three ‘Total Depravity’ tracks recorded at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios during the band’s recent New Zealand tour.
“It’s been exciting recording this little live EP and stripping back the songs from the record, I think you can really hear something different in the songs this way.”
That record, ‘Total Depravity’, was recorded over a two-year period in Portugal, London, Los Angeles, and New York with producers Adam ‘Atom’ Greenspan and Run The Jewels’ El-P.
“A crucial aspect of this album has been the involvement El-P who I met outside a bar in downtown LA, and to whom I have fast become very good friends,” revealed Andrews last year. “He introduced himself firstly as 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’s house in Eagle Rock and we wrote and produced the song ‘Axolotl’. The vocal was sung directly into the keyboard of a laptop and was all completed very quickly. I then began to work with the band back in London and recording songs with Atom Greenspan, some of which were then taken to El-P during breaks in Run the Jewels’ hefty touring schedule and then messed with them further,” he continues.
“There is a large cast of characters on this record. L. Ron Hubbard, Axolotls of course, 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 and were messed with later.”
Before hitting UK venues in September, Andrews is appearing in the new series of David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’
“I was very excited to do it. There’s only a few people I’ve been in awe of my whole adult life; Tom Waits is one, and David Lynch is another. I’ve loved everything David has made, so it was amazing being close to him while he worked,” he reveals.