The Veils Premiere “Axolotl” Video; Announces Worldwide Tour

June 23, 2016 BY Nettwerk

Last week, UK-based The Veils announced details of their forthcoming album Total Depravity (out August 26 via Nettwerk Records) and partnered with Stereogum to premiere lead track “Axolotl.”  Today, the band premieres the official music video with Pitchfork.

Filmed in New Zealand, frontman Finn Andrews says, “this was an extraordinarily fun video to make, I think because we got to shoot it back home in New Zealand with our dear friends director Tu Neill and producer Alex Gandar and pulling in favors from heaps of really great people. Art Director Sinclair Lonsdale was working in the art department for ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ in the day, then coming and building these huge tentacle puppets for us at night. All the black goo coming out of everyone’s mouths was made out of the same stuff they put in mince and cheese pies just with black pigment in it. The day we filmed it, I spent the whole night just wandering around giggling to myself. It’s also probably the only time I’ll get to hear the sentence ‘Oil the tentacle, choke the jock. Action.’ Though you never know I guess.”


Later this year, The Veils will begin a worldwide tour that includes North American dates in DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.  The month-long tour will begin on October 21st in Milan, Italy and wrap on November 25th in Brussels, Belgium.   See full dates below.

The album reunites the band with producer Adam ‘Atom’ Greenspan, who’s work with producer Nick Launay has led to essential releases from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Band Of Skulls and many others. Andrews and El-P (from Run The Jewels) met up in various locales to collaborate together. Over a two-year period, Total Depravity was recorded at Estúdios Sá da Bandeira in Portugal, Konk Studios in London, Casa Lynch in Los Angeles and El-P’s studio in Upstate New York.

Last month, Showtime shared the full cast to David Lynch’s reboot of his groundbreaking 1990 series Twin Peaks. Andrews is one of a handful of musicians set to appear in the upcoming revival; alongside other named artists like Eddie Vedder, Trent Reznor, Sharon Van Etten and Sky Ferreira.

Total Depravity will be available on CD, Download & Deluxe Gatefold Double Vinyl that includes two bonus tracks – “Here Comes The Dead (Live Studio Version)” and “1 Big 1 (Demo).”

Tour Dates:

21-Oct: Milan, Italy @ Serraglio

22-Oct: Bologna, Italy @ Locomotiv

25-Oct: London, UK @ KOKO

29-Oct: Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie

1-Nov: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

3-Nov: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe

4-Nov: Washington, DC @ DC9

7-Nov: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

9-Nov: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

11-Nov: Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound

12-Nov: Seattle, WA @ Barboza

23-Nov: Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu

24-Nov: Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg

25-Nov: Brussels, BE @ Orangerie

Track List:

1. Axolotl

2. A Bit on the Side

3. Low Lays the Devil

4. King of Chrome

5. Swimming with the Crocodiles

6. Here Come the Dead

7. In the Blood

8. Iodine & Iron

9. House of Spirits

10. Do Your Bones Glow At Night?

11. In the Nightfall

12. Total Depravity

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(Album Artwork By Nicola Samori)

About The Veils:

Singer Finn Andrews and bass player Sophia Burn first met when they were 12 years old at high school in New Zealand.  Along with Henning Dietz (drums), Dan Raishbrook (guitar) and Uberto Rapisardi (keys), The Veils have released four records and one EP: The Runaway Found (2004), Nux Vomica (2006), and Sun Gangs (2009), Time Stays, We Go (2014) and The Troubles of the Brain EP (2011).

“‘Axolotl’ boasts menacing instrumentation with Run The Jewels’ trademark stomp-and-sludge slowed to a creeping march over which Andrews waxes poetic about the titular amphibian, amongst other vaguely-religious and horrific imagery. All the reverential doom and gloom reaches a fever pitch when Andrews proclaims: “Who needs the devil when you’ve got the lord?” But by the time the dismally grand array of guitar solos and trumpets in the outro fade away, the Veils make the two opposing forces sound like one in the same.” – Stereogum

“…the most moving, unsettling and unexpectedly haunting thing I’ve seen in rock music this year…they really, truly frightened me” – LA Times

“There’s a new skinny giant in town. Intoxicating.” – Uncut (UK)

“Gloriously sad-eyed rock that preaches to the perverted… The Veils have their own kind of elegant, seductive power.” – The Guardian (UK)