If you’ve ever had the urge to write out all of your regrets on a sheet of paper or hole up in your apartment and drink enough whiskey to make you go blind, oh boy, do I have a band for you. London-based indie rockers The Veils make the kind of sad-bastard music that makes you question all of your life’s decisions, and that is some of the highest praise a brooding songwriter like Finn Andrews can get.
While writing the band’s latest single, “Iodine & Iron”, Andrews played to his strengths and didn’t second-guess himself into oblivion. “‘Iodine & Iron’ is that rare breed of song written in one sitting with no editing,” he explains. “I felt as though I caught it clean, without even looking.” It wasn’t even meant to be a Veils song initially, but he sat on it for a while until the band eventually recorded it “late at night, in a little studio in north London.”
The funny thing is, this one sounds like a late-at-night kind of song. There’s something vaguely country about it, as if sad cowboys didn’t come from the American West but from the streets of London. “To me,” Andrews says, “it’s a love song about life’s end and our inevitable, magical return to the elements.” Check it out below.
“Iodine & Iron” appears on The Veils’ forthcoming album Total Depravity, due out August 26th via Nettwerk Records. It was produced by the band alongside Adam Greenspan and El-P of Run the Jewels, strangely enough. Check out the album artwork and tracklist below, and scroll down to see the band’s full tour itinerary.
Total Depravity Album Artwork:
Total Depravity Tracklist:
02. A Bit on the Side
03. Low Lays the Devil
04. King of Chrome
05. Swimming with the Crocodiles
06. Here Come the Dead
07. In the Blood
08. Iodine & Iron
09. House of Spirits
10. Do Your Bones Glow At Night?
11. In the Nightfall
12. Total Depravity
The Veils 2016 Tour Dates:
10/21 – Milan, IT @ Serraglio
10/22 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
10/25 – London, UK @ KOKO
10/29 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
11/01 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/03 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
11/04 – Washington, DC @ DC9
11/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
11/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
11/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound
11/12 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
11/23 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
11/24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
11/25 – Brussels, BE @ Orangerie