Three albums deep and the most consistency XTC-progeny Finn Andrews is willing to show, aside from steadily improving songcraft, is building his Veils of a different lineup at each stop. This upcoming LP isn’t a total overhaul in the personnel department — the band is now a quartet instead of a trio but retains bassist Sophia Burn — however “Killed By The Boom” seems to once more hint at new rhythmic suits. Nux Vomica dosed with sublime and rangy pop noir, all fire-and-brimstone fervor and caterwauling spaghetti western and Buckley-on-Cave offerings, and then at Mercury Lounge two years back Finn told us the band was off to Oklahoma to shift things up and work on the new album. Now he tells us the jagged and spunked barn-burner “Killed By The Boom” is “possibly about The Wire’s Omar Little.” Which means this song is a big old SPOILER ALERT for anyone who hasn’t seen that show, and now you have two reasons to finish The Wire: to enjoy this new track from the Veils, and to witness the advent of broadcast literature. Sweet.

Sun Gangs is out 4/7 via Rough Trade. You can still grab MP3 of the Veils’ contribution to our tribute to R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People, Drive XV.

Comments (10)
  1. John  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2009 0

    So are they trying to sound like a The Hives/Muse hybrid. Those bands are great but not great together.

  2. oh, wow. i listened to the song and said to myself, “What’s with his voice going all Muse-y all of a sudden in the middle of that whole Hives-type of melodies and beats,”
    John, you and i are brain twins lmfao.

    • Anonymoose  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2009 0

      It’s good that you’re brain twins, you’re also probably the only two looking at each other’s blogs that you so shamelessly posted. -1 for both of you!

  3. BumBox  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2009 0

    Well I like it

  4. lol it is pretty shameless i suppose, but i really just want to get my writing out there in the world yknow? plus blogging helps me find new music which is all i really care about haha! thanks bumbox :D

  5. Hamish  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2009 0

    They used to be a 5 piece, not a trio.

    • They were a five piece once, and then they were a trio for Nux Vomica (Sophia Burn on bass, Liam Gerrard on piano), and now a quartet — the lineup’s shifted with each release. Curious to hear this one.

  6. Elia  |   Posted on Feb 20th, 2009 0

    1st album: 4 piece. Subsequently split up.

    2nd album: 5 piece (with Sophia Burn on bass, Liam Gerrard on piano, Henning Dietz on drums and Dan Raishbrook on guitar).

    3rd album: Exactly the same lineup minus Liam Gerrard.

  7. Apexa  |   Posted on Feb 20th, 2009 0

    Whenever I see the Veils on stereogum, my heart flutters with happiness.

  8. Brewster  |   Posted on Mar 8th, 2009 0

    Omar was killed by a nine-year old, not by the boom.

    Thank you Elia, for setting the record straight.

    Liam Gerrard left the band after Nux Vomica to go back to New Zealand to be with his family/girlfriend. That does not mean they ‘changed line-ups’. It means a member of the band left.

    New album is okay, not their best work. Sorry guys, I’ll walk through fire to see you live or get anything you record, but there’s lots of mid-tempo filler on Sun Gangs.

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