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The Veils are a Londonmarker based Indie/Alternative rock band fronted by lead singer and songwriter Finn Andrews. The original 2001 line-up disbanded mere weeks after their debut record was released and the line-up of the band has remained somewhat revolving ever since.


Early years, The Runaway Found and split (2001–2004)

Finn Andrews, son of XTC/Shriekback keyboardist Barry Andrews, spent his teens playing in bands in Aucklandmarker, New Zealandmarker. When he was 17 a set of demos sent to record companies in Londonmarker created a stir and led to invitations to come to Londonmarker and make a record.After a few months Andrews met Oli Drake (guitar), Adam Kinsella (bass) and Ben Woollacott (drums) and put on a showcase at The Monarch, in Camden Townmarker where The Veils were signed to Blanco Y Negro, an indie/major hybrid imprint led by Rough Trade's boss Geoff Travis but funded by Warner Music. On August 19 2002 the band released a promo only single "Death & Co.", while a proper commercial single release came three months later, on November 18, for "More Heat Than Light" followed by "The Leavers Dance" (February 24 2003), which was distributed exclusively at gigs..By then increasing contractual disparities and artistic differences between the head of Warner and Geoff Travis delayed plans for a debut album. The Blanco Y Negro label was eventually disbanded and the dispute turned into a court battle with The Veils eventually regaining ownership of their master recordings from Warner Music.By mid-2003 Geoff Travis had signed them to Rough Trade Records.The Veils recorded four more songs with producer Bernard Butler (ex Suede guitarist), and the band finally released its first Rough Trade single, "Guiding Light" (July 28 2003), though the long awaited debut LP was released only as a promo in Spainmarker and the U.K.marker that November. Single releases of "Lavinia" (November 24 2003) and "The Wild Son" (January 26 2004) led to The Runaway Found finally hitting the shelves on February 16 2004. Rapturously received by the critics the album was a collection of songs recorded over four years with three different producers, and by the time of its release Andrews felt unhappy with the direction the band had taken and, allegedly following altercations between him and other members, The Veils first incarnation split mid-2004. A final single from The Runaway Found, "The Tide That Left and Never Came Back" (May 17 2004), was their swan song.

New line-up and Nux Vomica (2005–2006)

Andrews left the UK early 2005 and embarked on a solo tour of Americamarker and Japanmarker, eventually returning home to New Zealandmarker where he found inspiration for new compositions and a new direction for the band. There he spent the summer rehearsing with high-school friends Liam Gerrard (keyboards) and Sophia Burn (bass), soon amassing an album's worth of material. When the trio returned to London they were joined by Dan Raishbrook (guitar) and Henning Dietz (drums), who completed the new line-up.They began recording sessions with producer Nick Launay in Los Angeles in early 2006.The resulting album 'Nux Vomica' had a darker, far heavier and more complex sound, augmented by string arrangements by ex Lounge Lizard Jane Scarpantoni, but also a newly found, highly animalistic energy. Two singles were released from the album: "Advice for Young Mothers to Be" (September 4 2006) and "One Night on Earth" (April 15 2007). Nux Vomica featured on 16 English and American critics' best of the year lists in 2006.

Life "on the road" and Sun Gangs (2007–2009)

In the 16 months following the release of Nux Vomica The Veils played over 200 shows across 15 countries and during the U.S.marker leg of the tour it was announced that keyboardist Liam Gerrard decided to leave the band to return home to New Zealand due to personal reasons. The Veils carried on as a four piece and, whilst living out of a classic car garage in Oklahoma Citymarker, started recording new demos between playing shows on the east and west coasts of the Americamarker. By mid-2008 they were back to London to begin work on their third album with producer Graham Sutton. The recording sessions at West Point Studios lasted only three weeks and at the end of the summer the album was done and ready to be mixed. In March 2009 they began touring the new songs in Europe and Americamarker with temporary new drummer Raife Burchell, after Henning Dietz' defection. Sun Gangs was released on April 6 2009. The band are about to begin touring Australia and New Zealand over the summer.


Studio albums

Title Released Label Format Chart position
The Runaway Found February 16th 2004 Rough Trade CD, LP #26 UK Albums Chart
Nux Vomica September 18th 2006 Rough Trade CD, LP #19 UK Albums Chart
Sun Gangs April 6th 2009 Rough Trade CD, LP #21 UK Albums Chart


Title Released Label Format Album
"Death & Co." August 19th 2002 Blanco Y Negro CD single
"More Heat Than Light" November 18th 2002 Blanco Y Negro CD single The Runaway Found
"The Leavers Dance" February 24th 2003 Blanco Y Negro CD single The Runaway Found
"Guiding Light" July 28th 2003 Rough Trade CD single, 7" vinyl The Runaway Found
"Lavinia" November 24th 2003 Rough Trade CD single, 7" vinyl The Runaway Found
"The Wild Son" January 26th 2004 Rough Trade CD single, 7" vinyl The Runaway Found
"The Tide That Left and Never Came Back" May 17th 2004 Rough Trade CD single, 7" vinyl The Runaway Found
"Advice for Young Mothers to Be" September 4th 2006 Rough Trade 7" vinyl, Download Nux Vomica
"One Night on Earth" April 15th 2007 Rough Trade Download Nux Vomica
"The Letter" April 13th 2009 Rough Trade Download Sun Gangs

Music videos

Title Year Director
"Lavinia" 2003 Gavin Boyter
"The Tide That Left and Never Came Back" 2004 Gina Birch
"The Wild Son" 2004 Tim Groenendaal
"Advice for Young Mothers to Be" 2006 Suzanne Schurgers for Minivegas
"Calliope!" 2007 The Brownlee Brothers
"The Letter" 2009 Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
"Begin Again" 2009 Sean Gratton

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