Evocative. Intimate. Etherial. Energetic. We’d been counting down the days to this gig and it far exceeded our high expectations – perfect band, perfect venue! The Veils were supported by popular Dunedin bands Males and Two Cartoons, with a guest appearance from Dunedin Sound legend Martin Phillipps (The Chills). The delectable Finn Andrews led The Veils through a set that flowed beautifully from one masterpiece to the next. Well-balanced sound and atmospheric lighting completed the spectacle. There were numerous highlights. We loved Finn’s parallel drumming in ‘Train With No Name’. There were other crowd pleasers such as a melodic ‘Lavinia’ and ‘Nux Vomica’ – emotional and frenetic. The crowd clamoured for ‘Jesus For The Jugular’ which was played with edge and energy for the encore.
Sophie wears dress by Les Filles en Fleur.
Thanks to Radio1, we got the opportunity to meet The Veils and to ask Finn Andrews a few questions. Despite the jetlag, he enthused about how well the tour was going. Having been born in London, the recent London gig at Scala was particularly special for him. Setting up their own record label, Pitch Beast Records, has proved to be worthwhile despite the extra workload. Most of Finn’s favourite Veils songs are on Nux Vomica and, in the video for ‘Advice For Young Mothers To Be’, there really were 23 babies on set with 23 sets of anxious parents in the wings. He recalled having bad hay fever on the day which made filming difficult.
Check out the ‘Advice For Young Mothers To Be’ video here.
Finn doesn’t know Dunedin very well except for the area around Sammy’s. The last time they were here was in 2009. He would really like to see an albatross though! Thanks so much Finn. You are just as much a gentleman as you are a musical genius!
Veils fans really must check out their National Radio interview (including live performances) here in which Finn said that Sammy’s was a favourite venue.
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