When listening to The Veils, it’s clear where the influences of Nick Cave, Tom Waits, and Bob Dylan come in. Singer, and band leader Finn Andrews is a sly and broody frontman who tells a vivid story through his music with mysticism and charm alike. There’s something a little bit eerie about this indie/alt band from London, England.
This mystique is displayed in the two singles the band has so far released from their upcoming LP, “Total Depravity”. These tracks hint at an album full of theatrics, dark themes, and some bluesy-rock swag. The first single, “Axolotl,” is creepy and electrifying. The track, which features alternative hip-hop group, Run the Jewels, is grounded in hypnotic electronica and a heavy beat that you can bob your head to. Andrews’ vocals preach overtop of the spell-binding instrumentation, and a powerful horn section, as if to command the attention of his congregation. “Who needs the devil when you’ve got the lord?” The name of the track’s title, referring to the Mexican salamander “walking fish,” is much suited to the sly and daunting lyricism that Andrews spews at us. “Unelemental chemical/Got me growing six black tentacles,” he croons.