"The most creative guitarists on the planet, using pedals and gadgets to build sonic structures that could make Phil Spector cream." - SF Weekly
"[Veil Veil Vanish] reminds me so much of the darker Cure meets Jesus and Mary Chain... The band really sets the mood and carries you through the emotion
without it feeling like it’s a lifetime." - Razorcake
SAN FRANCISCO'S VEIL VEIL VANISH
Announce Debut Album Change In the Neon Light
Out February 23rd on Metropolis Records
EP Available Now!
New York, NY - Hailing from gauzier side of San Francisco's very distinctive music scene, Metropolis recording artists VEIL VEIL VANISH are set to release their debut album CHANGE IN THE NEON LIGHT on February 23, 2010. "This album represents a year's worth of constant work and the fleshing out of our sound," explains vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Keven Tecon. "We've created something huge and new, but it's also created us."
As an outlet from their jobs as a graphic designer, organic fruit and juice sales, and behavioral therapists working with autistic children, the five band members pull together their influences from the bands of their youth as well as their foggy hometown of San Francisco where a subculture of like minded bands has been bubbling just under the surface for sometime now. Veil Veil Vanish packs their sound with shimmering guitars, throbbing basslines and emotion-drenched vocals whose appeal broadens its scope with their new album. "This is not just another post-punk or shoegaze album," Keven asserts. "It's pushing those genre's further. Even into the relm of pop music. It's a concept album, yet each song can work on its own."
A departure from their critically-acclaimed EP Into the New Mausoleum, which enveloped the band in a shimmery haze, the new album propels the band forward into new and more dynamic territory. From the intense staccato of "Modern Lust" to the plaintive shimmer of "Pharmaceutical Party Platform" to the propulsive drum front of the title track, their first full-length LP Change in the Neon Light is rife with percussive rhythms and hooks, enveloped in swaths of layered guitars. The first single "Anthem for a Doomed Youth," is an exquisite darkpop gem that has just been released as a maxi-single via the Metropolis Records website and includes the album version, three remixes of the track and "Modern Lust."
Change in the Neon Light album art
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First making their mark with the EP Into a New Mausoleum and performing sold-out shows with A Place to Bury Strangers, Cold Cave, No Age, Holy F*ck, Celebration, among many others, Veil Veil Vanish quickly established themselves with heavy touring, national radio play on stations such as Live 105 and Indie 103, and prime spots on SF's NOISE POP Festivals in 2008 and 2009. Cementing themselves even further with their inclusion on the Cure tribute album Perfect as Cats alongside Bat for Lashes, Dandy Warhols and The Muslims (a.k.a. the Soft Pack) among others, the band has been building and cultivating their fanbase and winning over critics. Radio Free Silver Lake chimes, "the best true post punk in years. Think all the earnest yearning of The Cure mixed with the aggression of Joy Division and topped with a dash of dark wave and a pinch of new wave keys courtesy of keyboardist Justin Anastasi." Canada's Exclaim! Magazine calls their music "a salient discharge of swirling, kinetic atmospheres punctured by deep bass lines and urgent, brusque guitars that brush against soft backdrops, threatening to tear them all down." While URB writes, "Veil Veil Vanish is the darkest gem in the treasure chest of San Francisco's indie scene. The four piece has made a name for themselves by combining 80's goth and 90's shoegaze into a dramatic and potent concoction of The Cure meets A Place to Bury Strangers."
The follow-up to their critically-acclaimed EP Into a New Mausoleum, Change In The Neon Light was produced by ATOM who recently worked with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Cribs, and Maximo Park. "ATOM is a ninja in the studio," says drummer Robert Marzio. "Pulling 14 hour days, ATOM was a perfectionist and went over every detail of every nuance of each track so that everything sounded amazing. Performance-wise, he pushed us to the limit of our abilities several times which really helped bring out the best performance in all of us!"
Veil Veil Vanish is Keven Tecon (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Robert Marzio (drums), Amy Rosenoff (bass), Cameron Ray (guitar), and Justin Anastasi (synths).