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The Veils Sun Gangs Review

Album. Released 2009.  

BBC Review

Finn still in control and still uncertain what his musical vision is.

Garth Cartwright 2009

Veils lead singer and songwriter Finn Andrews was born in London, and his dad is Barry Andrews, the keyboard player in the original line-up of XTC (and later an associate of Iggy Pop, David Bowie and leader of Shriekback). Finn was raised in Devenport, a very leafy suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. He's since relocated to London and launched The Veils. Their debut album The Runaway Found was released in 2004 but the band collapsed soon after as other members disagreed with Andrews on the band's direction. 2006 found the band’s sophomore album Nux Vomica recorded in Los Angeles and the band spending a considerable amount of time in the US. Three years on and here is Sun Gangs which finds Finn still in control and still uncertain what his musical vision is.

The opening number Sit Down By The Fire appears a mishmash of U2 and Coldplay, all soft piano and bad rhyming, while Killed By The Boom and Three Sisters is raging Nick Cave-style noise and It Hits Deep finds Finn droning on about being, ''down so long'' like Thom Yorke on steroids. The current line up of Sophia Burn (bass), Dan Raishbrook (guitar) and Henning Dietz (drums) acquit themselves perfectly well, yet the overbearingly sombre mood, combined with Finn's rather toe-curling description of the album as, ''a very modern mixture of prayers, love letters and personal record keeping'' leaves it hard for the listener to engage.

Rough Trade maintain the faith by continuing to issue The Veils' albums to little commercial or critical acclaim so label-boss Geoff Travis must see some worth in them. Yet the real problem lies in their lack of real development in the last five years. Unless Finn and Co. can get a move on - creatively speaking - their days may well be numbered.

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