Live Review & Gallery: The Veils’ Spectacular Return to Australia Celebrating Latest Album ‘… And Out of the Void Came Love’ – Gadigal/Sydney, 28.02.24

Last night at The Lansdowne Hotel, the air was thick with anticipation as The Veils, the esteemed alt/indie-rock band from the UK and New Zealand, returned to Australia after a 15-year hiatus. The show was part of their Australian tour celebrating their latest double album, ‘… And Out of the Void Came Love‘.

The Veils, composed of frontman Finn Andrews, Sophia Burn, Dan Raishbrook, and Henning Dietz, have been making waves in the music industry for their remarkable talent and extensive discography. Having just concluded a successful European tour, the band brought their unique blend of sound to the Lansdowne, captivating the audience from the first note.

The renowned Lansdowne Hotel, celebrated for its memorable performances, hummed with attendees spanning all ages, eagerly anticipating The Veils’ comeback. True to expectations, the band delivered a performance that left no one disappointed.

The show covered a broad spectrum of The Veils’ illustrious career, showcasing tracks from their early Rough Trade albums, such as ‘Nux Vomica‘ and ‘Sun Gangs,’ to the more recent ‘Total Depravity‘ released in 2016. Additionally, the band treated the audience to selections from their latest offering, the recently released double album, ‘… And Out of the Void Came Love’. The band’s ability to seamlessly transition between different eras of their discography showcased their versatility and enduring appeal.

Frontman Finn Andrews, a charismatic figure on stage, radiated kindness and engaged with the audience throughout the night. Despite the band’s alt-rock roots, their stage presence exuded the poise and movement reminiscent of a soft-jazz ensemble – cool, calm, and collected. Finn connected with the audience on a personal level, asking if they had listened to their latest album, with the crowd responding enthusiastically and affirming the band’s enduring popularity.

In a poignant moment, Finn shared a piece of wisdom from his father about music, describing it as slinging around a bucket of paint and finding the monsters that land on the wall. He humorously continued the metaphor, mentioning a monster like a crocodile, before launching into the hit single ‘Swimming with the Crocodiles‘. The crowd’s reaction mirrored their appreciation for both the band’s music and Finn’s charismatic storytelling.

As The Veils wrap up their Australian tour, fans can catch their final performances at the Northcote Social Club in Northcote tonight and the Brisbane Powerhouse in Brisbane on March 1. The band’s triumphant return to Australia has undoubtedly left a lasting impression on fans, solidifying their status as a timeless sound that continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

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