[originally published on Thebigcity.co.nz]
Photo by Chris Andrews [Thebigcity.co.nz]
The Veils is the brain-child of ex-pat Aucklander Finn Andrews. Andrews left Auckland at around age 16 to pursue a musical career in London, got himself signed to the legendary Rough Trade Label and managed to release a debut album “Runaway Found” with a band which was essentially formed to make his music. After touring the album, Andrews left the others behind and returned to New Zealand hunting out fellow school chums Sophia Burn (bass) and Liam Gerrard (keyboard) asking them to join him as The Veils.
Along with the rest of the band Henning Dietz (drums) and Dan Raishbrook (guitar), the Veils played to a packed out Al’s Bar on Friday night, with local Flip Grater in support.
During the opening set from Christchurch singer songwriter Flip Grater you would have been easily mistaken thinking no one was playing from the back of the bar, the big and rather chatty crowd drowned out her lovely voice. However Flip carried on and ended her short set with a louder than usual song which seemed to get some of the crowds attention and ended with a strong applause.
At Al’s that night the crowd was the biggest possibly ever seen for a show at the bar, waiting patiently through the Tom Waits and Edith Piaf music for the band to take the stage. The Veils jumped straight into things with the title track from their latest album Nux Vomica. The Veils pop rock seems to be infused with a bit of country music, but not the bad kind, the kind that makes you want to swing your hips if there was room in a full to capacity bar.
The desire to really dance was best displayed during the fantastically punchy “Jesus for the Jugular” and “Pan”.
With the band’s impending performance at the upcoming Big Day Out, it would be interesting to see how the songs translate on a big stadium stage. The atmosphere in the small bar, with everyone crammed in, including the 5 piece band was part of what made the performance great.
The encore song, “More Heat Than Light” off Runaway Found was probably the band’s most obvious big rock number.