Time Stays, We Go (Pitch Beast)—the Veils‘ 10-track, fourth release—is both patiently restrained and wildly emotional. It’s full of lush brass and sing-along melodies, moments of surf-rock guitar and beachside ukulele, and essential personal queries within the struggles of the human endeavor. It’s a small dose of Pixies, and definitely reminiscent of Talking Heads, with a nod toward Jeff Buckley. In other words, Time Stays has a familiar quality despite its newness, and it’s instantly likeable, much like frontman Finn Andrews himself. Andrews and bassist Sophia Burn will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Veils feature.
Finn: I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this, but I like to wear hats. It’s become far more of a trademark of mine than I ever intended, but I’m still amazed at the fascination it seems to create in people even to this day. I’ve always hated my hair—before wavey, mousey and uncontrollable, now thinning at the crown and probably not long for this world given my father’s bright, shining dome. I’ve worn them since I was a kid, throughout my adolescence; now I put one on almost every time I take to a stage or do an interview, a kind of shield from the world, or I guess, yeah, a veil …
I remember when I first came to London to start the band being asked will we be signed under a band name or under mine. I couldn’t bear the idea of it being my name up there with nothing standing between me and everything else. The name the Veils was chosen as a deliberate reference to this. I thought of it as a sort of tarpaulin I could put up above my work bench so that no one could quite tell what was going on beneath it, and I think the hat is sort of an extension of this. I genuinely worry that if I take it off, my brain might just blow away.
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