This Thursday I attended The Veils show at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. What I witnessed was a mind bending, devilish, rock ’n’ roll spectacle that deserves much praise.
The concert as a whole was electrifying: the acoustics were stellar and the band performed to a tee. The show, however, undoubtedly belonged to front man Finn Andrews. Quite the soft spoken person when he interacted with the crowd, his demeanour during each song was border-line possessed. At one point Andrews, in a wild fit, through his mic stand to the ground, with the microphone still attached. Little to his care, he kept blasting at his guitar, a worn down instrument with paint scrapped off and masking tape holding one side together. I later understood how this damage must have occurred when he flung his instrument at the stage after the encore performance.
Most of the night was focused around their new album, Total Depravity, a dark, synth-heavy, Nick Cave-esk work of art that was well translated in a live setting. The album’s singles, “Axolotl,” (produced by Run The Jewel’s El-P), and “Low Lays the Devil,” sparked enthusiasm in the crowd. The production and instrumentation on “Axolotl,” meshed well with the hazy orange lights and sucked me into the world of The Veils from early on. Songs like “Total Depravity” and “House of Spirits,” set a ghostly mood, and gave us moments of eery darkness. The mood of their new album was unshakeable for the entirely of the evening, but fans were given a flash from the past, when The Veils played “The Pearl,” a single from their previous album Time Stays, We Go.
Before exiting the stage, The Veils paid tribute to an unlikely group of people: bus drivers. Playing “King of Chrome”, a ballad of the man behind the wheel, the band stood in near darkness and howled over the electric vibrance of the tune. After the song, the finale of the show, they returned to play us a three-song encore. The first two: “The Tide That Left and Never Came Back” and “Lavinia,” fan favourites from their debut album, were played by Andrews alone. At one point he took a seat on the bass drum, and serenaded us while we sang along. When it was time to say goodbye, the rest of the band returned to the stage for one last crazed performance. “Jesus for the Jugular,” showed Andrews in his element, and had the crowd left screaming for more.
With a combination of dark moods, and passionate musicians, The Veils put together a great live spectacle, and in good fashion, kept rock ’n’ roll very much alive. Be sure to check out the latest album by The Veils. You can stream Total Depravity now!