New Meetup: The Veils @ Mercury Lounge

From: Rachel
Sent on: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 10:48 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Indie/BritPop Fans United!!

What: The Veils @ Mercury Lounge

When: July 30,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: The Veils 10:30
Foreign Born 9:30
Faces On Film 8:30
Venue: The Mercury Lounge
Date: Thu 7/30
Notes: 21+
Doors 7:30 PM

The Veils

"Nux Vomica" - the triumphant album, not the corrupted tree - is an animal with a huge reach, big ambitions and precise poetic intensity. Both so intimate it 's whispering in your ear, and so epic it stretches across your entire field of vision, it's surely one of 2006's most startling and successful sonic journeys. Here is a young, yearning voice to be reckoned with.

Recorded in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles with producer Nick Launay, then mixed in London by Bill Price, it's the fruition of a period of transition for Andrews' means of making music. (His favourite experience in L.A. was "going out to the Death Valley National park and howling with coyotes - it was either that or just sweating in malls").

The personnel who constituted The Veils for the debut album - " The Runaway Found" , released February 2004 - split up 2 months after the record's release. He returned from London (where he was born, in 1983) to New Zealand (where he'd moved during his teens) and recruited new musicians with the vow, "We must make things as terrifying and exciting as can". The Veils are now: Finn Andrews (vocals, guitar): Sophia Burn (bass, vocals): Liam Gerard (piano, organ) Henning Dietz (Drums) & Dan Raishbrook (guitar).

The Veils, already very successful in Italy and Holland, aren't part of any "scene", though surely the magic and troubled majesty of Nux Vomica will prove impossible to ignore for Britain and America. " Something within me bucks against the idea of being even remotely fashionable. Everyone's always complaining about the banality of British music these days - and yet if you don't go along with it, things are pretty difficult. It's a Catch 22 that ruins a lot of music.

As his father Barry Andrews was a member of the currently much-mimicked XTC and Shriekback, Finn knows he always has, "someone who's opinion I can trust. He's always the first person I play things to. He's not in London any more, which makes it a little more rare to cross-pollinate than when he was five minutes away, but I genuinely respect the music he made, and admire the way he went about it. You get so many opinions coming at you that it's nice to have at least one rock."

With Nux Vomica, The Veils draw back the curtain, release the foxes, and bring new breath to the genre. "If the first album was about my effect on myself, I suppose this one's more about the world's effect on us all."

It's a killer remedy, which will make the stars in the night sky applaud.

Foreign Born
After spending the post-collegiate summer of 2003 getting drunk at other people's weddings, Lewis Pesacov and Matt Popieluch decided it was high time to start yet another band. The two met while attending San Francisco State University and had been playing together for a handful of years in various incarnations.
After playing a few shows, Lewis and Matt went down to LA to clean up their rough demos with Lewis' longtime friend Ariel Rechtshaid, who suggested they re-record the demos with himself on bass and Garrett Ray on drums. The results were promising enough for Lewis and Matt to quit their menial jobs and move down to LA that spring where the current line-up of Foreign Born was, yes, born.

Their sound is a dark, acoustic, psychedelic mixture of influences that range from Roy Orbison and John Lennon to the Fall, Primal Scream, Jesus & Mary Chain and Brian Eno; the varying tastes and backgrounds of the individual members informing their arrangements. Guitarist Pesacov's formal education keeps the compositions tight and strongly constructed, while singer Matt Popieluch tends to do quite the opposite, with winning results. Although it is usually Matt and Lewis who come up with the songs' foundations, bassist Ariel Rechtshaid and drummer Garrett Ray play an equally important role in shaping the songs' structure and arrangement.

Having just signed with Dim Mak, Foreign Born is excited to release 'On the Wing Now' and is already looking forward to their next album, having amassed enough material to fill another disc. During the touring and recording lulls, the band busies itself with multiple side projects, including Lewis' African-themed Fool's Gold, and Matt's Big Search, Ceramic Isles, and occasional sideman duty for Cass McCombs.
Foreign Born will be on the road supporting 'On the Wing Now' throughout the summer of 2007 and looks forward to making a new album in 2008.

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