Monday, February 21, 2011


When talking about London-based group The Veils, no one ever forgets to mention that frontman Finn Andrews comes from a musical family. His dad, Barry Andrews, was a founding member of seminal new-wave outfit XTC. As far as I’m concerned, Finn has his old man beat. After a total revamp of the lineup in ’04 and some more band-member switching recently, I think it’s safe to say that the young Andrews is the only thing needed to keep The Veils float. The band’s latest release, Troubles of the Brain, is an EP put out a few weeks ago by Pitch Beast Records, The Veils’ own label. It’s the first song that’s got me buzzing about the band’s first post-Rough Trade release.

Opening track Bloom sounds like it would be right at home on New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies. The song is not a typical Veils jam, but that’s what I like most about it. I don’t know if it’s Andrews invoking a little of his old man’s genre or what, I don’t care – the song rules. It’s cool to see the band doing something a little different (even if it’s the only breath of fresh air on the EP), and it totally works. Listening to Bloom also marks the first time I’ve thought of comparing Andrews’ vocal work to Michael Gira or David Byrne. Good to hear a song that pays tribute to some awesome acts from the ‘80s. I’m tired of all that synth-centric tributes to the ‘80s that have been popping up in the last couple of years (Sorry, M83). Check out Bloom and be sure to buy the new EP on iTunes.

Bloom--The Veils

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