I was already on a high from the Beck and MGMT show when I stopped in the Lakeshore Theatre for forty well-spent minutes. Typically a place for stand-up comedians, seeing a rock band, London’s 5-piece, The Veils, was an intimate privilege and great experience.
Audience members had chairs and the theatre was about half-filled but many chose to stand. I learned a lot about the audience members and the seating arrangement allowed fans to get to know Finn, The Veil’s frontman. Song requests didn’t have to be shouted, a normal speaking voice was loud enough to get heard. The Veils were good sports about playing the requests, especially on their attempt at “Wild Son,” which the band had forgotten how to play.
The Veils have been awfully quiet about new albums, and it has been 2 ½ years since Nux Vomica. However, there were a nice chunk of great new tunes, the album is finished (!), and should come out early 2009. Their first song of nine was one of the new ones, “Scarecrow,” a slower change of pace folk song that stood out from the rest of the rock songs.
“Calliope!” came second, which brought out the more familiar Veils sounds. Finn called the venue fancy, for the Queen or Lynryd Skynyrd. His song introductions were very jumbled and funny; the explanations definitely enhanced his songs. Finn was all over the place when introducing their hit, “Advice For Young Mothers To Be;” a number about a friend of his who had a baby at 19 in a sort of rebellion.
“The Letter” was the best new song and one definitely to look forward to on their forthcoming album. A great intro was given towards their closer, “Not Yet.” Finn said, “I wrote this next song in my mother’s laundry, a sexy beginning that only gets sexier. It’s about all the time we wasted waiting.” Someone in the crowd shouted, ” I couldn’t be any happier at this moment, thank you,” which tripped up Finn, left him speechless, and made him have recover from laughing before starting.
It was a shame to miss this show, which many probably did as it conflicted with Beck, MGMT, and Weezer all in the same night. Good news though for those who missed it, and those who were there as well: the band said many times that they would be back next year.