Story: Jack Foley
HOTLY-tipped band, The Veils, released their third single, The
Wild Son, on January 26, a new track which was recently recorded
with Bernard Butler.
Following the success of last year's efforts, More Heat Than
Light and Guiding Light and Lavinia, the latest effort
looks set to cement their reputation as one of the bands to look
out for in 2004.
Lead singer, Finn Andrews, 20, learned his craft half-way up
a dead volcano in a gun bunker in Devonport, New Zealand.
He played in a folk club for around three years, in a 12-piece
band playing traditional instruments, but original compositions
and it was there he first began writing.
At the age of 17, he left school and came to London to find a
band and a record label, and the band was quickly snapped up by
Rough Trade's Geoff Travis to Blanco Y Negro, allowing them to
begin recording their debut album, in early December 2001.
However, ties became strained between Blanco & Veil due to
artistic differences, and a messy court battle ensued, resulting
in a termination of contract between the two parties, though,
crucially, The Veils were allowed keep the original tapes of their
recordings and Geoff signed them to Rough Trade shortly afterwards.
It was here that they finally finished recording the album they
had begun almost two years prior.
The album in question is called The Runaway Found and
it will be released on Monday, February 23, 2004.
As part of the build-up to the release, howeber, the band - comprised
of Andrews (vocals/guitar), Ben Woollacott (drums), and Adam Kinsella
Oli Drake - have enjoyed tours with The Raveonettes, 22-20s, Beth
Orton, British Sea Power, The Cooper Temple Clause and Suede.
The Runaway Found was produced by Matthew Ollivier, Bernard
Butler and Ken Nelson, and the full track listing is:
1. The Wild Son
2. Guiding Light
4. More Heat Than Light
5. The Tide That Left And Never Came Back
6. The Leavers Dance
7. Talk Down The Girl
8. The Valleys Of New Orleans
9. Vicious Traditions
10. The Nowhere Man