Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Veils

The VeilsThe Veils’ music is surreal! They create a unique sound as thumping basslines crash with dance beats, restless tambourines, and are hit with a hint of southernized guitars. We’ve become obsessed with this band’s music, and there’s no reason to not join us! With the upcoming release of their album Time Stays, We Go, we were lucky enough to catch up with The Veils. So we had a chat about grandad’s cupboards, people chanting “Finn Don’t Fuck It Up”, and they tell us something “pretty weird” about the band!

AMBY: You are about to release your latest album Time Stays, We Go. What have been the benefits of having it on your own label?

The Veils: I think you have to be more involved with that side of things these days. I guess the benefit is, you can do whatever you want, which musically that can only be a good thing.

AMBY: Through The Deep, Dark Wood is a wonderful song, what is the story behind it?

The Veils: Thanks very much – it’s a song about falling in love with someone, and knowing it’s going to be a fucking mess, but that that’s ok. I think that’s what it’s about anyway.

AMBY: How do you describe your new album in three words?

The Veils: I genuinely hope I never have to do that.

AMBY: The band recorded some tracks and video at Abbey Road studios. What was that experience like?

The Veils: It is such an incredible room. It smells like your grandad’s cupboards or something. A real time capsule of a place in the best possible way.

AMBY: Who inspires you as songwriters and musicians?

The Veils: For right now, it’s Jack White. I think because we started our own label, and he has made such a success of his and continues to put out such great music of his own. He totally rules.

AMBY: Which songs are quintessential The Veils?

The Veils: I would say, if you’ve never heard of us before, listen to Train With No Name from the newie. I think that sums us up, at least for now.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

The Veils: I remember them pretty clearly: Jeff Buckley’s Grace made me want to sing, The Stooges Raw Power made me want to be in a band, and Tom Waits’ Rain Dogs made me want to write songs of my own.

AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

The Veils: I got 2,000 people at our show in Amsterdam to chant “Finn Don’t Fuck It Up” at me to prepare me for making the new album. That was pretty good.

AMBY: What part of the world would you like to play that you have not yet?

The Veils: Mexico.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

The Veils: Touring again… we’re so hungry for it. We’re bringing a horn section with us too… I can’t wait.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

The Veils: Thou shalt keep thy phone on vibrate else face eternal pit of fire.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Veils that nobody knows yet?

The Veils: We all have blue eyes and no big toes. Pretty weird.

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Alicia Atout

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