The Veils – The Runaway Found

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This could be a roaringly great band. The Veils veer at you with a sound both startling and familiar, hints of Smiths and Bunnymen flavouring their joy-of-angst epic rock. A debut part-produced by Bernard Butler features four recent singles, from the Radio Ethiopia rush of “More Heat Than Light” to the charming “The Wild Son”, and each is remarkable, dynamic and lean.

Frontman Finn Andrews (son of XTC/Shriekback’s Barry) wants their image to be one of “quiet glamour”; while he’s working hard on that, his voice is effortlessly narcissistic and pained, like Jeff Buckley, buckling and bold. There’s a new skinny giant in town. Intoxicating.

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