The Veils announce UK/EU Tour and release 'Bullfighter (Hand of God) taken from their upcoming album … And Out Of The Void Came Love, out 3rd March on BA DA BING!
It's been a long time since The Veils last played in the UK but today they've announced their first tour in 6 years across the UK and Europe. In celebration, they've also dropped another sneak peak into their upcoming album with a brand new track 'Bullfighter (Hand of God)'.
Following the release of Total Depravity, Andrews released a solo album and began a worldwide tour. One night, while lashing out at a particularly intense moment on piano, he broke his wrist on stage.
“It sounds wild and Jerry Lee Lewis-esque, but it was an absolute fucking nightmare,”
Andrews says. He played on and finished the rest of the tour, but it wasn’t until he got it examined much later that he realized what a bad move that was.
“The scaphoid bone in my wrist had died, which I didn’t know was possible. My sister said that at least it was a really ‘on brand’ injury for me.”
Finn’s convalescence meant a lengthy hiatus from touring, so he did what he does best and stayed at home and wrote songs.
“I was in a cast and couldn’t use my right hand. I sang the melody lines, then recorded the right hand piano part, then the left hand part. It might have been an interesting, avant-garde process if it wasn’t also just profoundly annoying.”
Just when his hand had healed sufficiently for him to play again, The Veils found themselves in need of a new record label but Finn set about starting to make a new record regardless. Producer Tom Healy invited Finn to his small studio underneath the old Crystal Palace ballroom in Mount Eden, and they listened through the legions of songs he had amassed throughout the previous year.
By the time the songs had been recorded, it was clear that arranging the album into two halves best suited such varied material - but the meaning of the songs as a whole still eluded Andrews.
“Then my daughter was born, and suddenly the whole record made sense to me,”
The music was telling a story, and somewhat strangely for The Veils, it seemed to have a happy ending.
The result of all these years of questioning, confinement and precarious uncertainty is the magnificent new double album from The Veils … And Out Of The Void Came Love. It is an album intended to be listened to in two sittings with a short break in the middle, or as Andrews instructs:
“Make a coffee or smoke a cigarette – but don’t mow the lawn or go to the movies or something, that takes too long.”
Thurs 8 June, Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK) - Tickets
Fri 9 June, Lafayette, London (UK) - Tickets
Sun 11 June, Botanique, Brussels (BE) - Tickets
Mon 12 June, Petit Bain, Paris (FR) - Tickets
Wed 14 June, Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL) - Tickets
Thu 15 June, Tivolivredenburg, Utrecht (NL) - Tickets
Fri 16 June, Mezz, Breda (NL) - Tickets
Sat 17 June, Doornroosje, Nijmegen (NL) - Tickets
Tue 20 June, Frannz Club, Berlin (DE) - Tickets
Wed 21 June, Molotow, Hamburg (DE) - Tickets
Thu 22 June, Bumann & Sohn, Cologne (DE) - Tickets
Sun 25 June, Mouco, Porto (PT) - Tickets