Last week, The Veils announced details of their forthcoming album Total Depravity (out August 26 via Nettwerk Records) and partnered with Stereogumto premiere lead track “Axolotl.” Today, the band premiere the official music video with Pitchfork and confirm a new autumn tour for October/November, including London’s iconic KOKO on 25th October. Full list of dates below.
Filmed on location in New Zealand, the new video was directed by Tu Neill and produced by Alex Gandar. “This was an extraordinarily fun video to make,” says front man Finn Andrews. “I think because we got to shoot it back home in New Zealand with our friends Tu and Alex, whilst pulling in favors from heaps of really great people. Art Director Sinclair Lonsdale was working for ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ in the day, then coming and building these huge tentacle puppets for us at night. All the black goo coming out of everyone’s mouths was made out of the same stuff they put in mince and cheese pies just with black pigment in it. The day we filmed it, I spent the whole night just wandering around giggling to myself. It’s also probably the only time I’ll get to hear the sentence ‘Oil the tentacle, choke the jock. Action.’ Though you never know I guess.”
Total Depravity reunites the band with producer Adam ‘Atom’ Greenspan, who’s work with producer Nick Launay has led to essential releases from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Band Of Skulls and many others. Andrews and El-P (from Run The Jewels) met up in various locations to collaborate. Over a two-year period, Total Depravity was recorded at Estúdios Sá da Bandeira in Portugal, Konk Studios in London, Casa Lynch in Los Angeles and El-P’s studio in Upstate New York.
Last month, Showtime shared the full cast to David Lynch’s reboot of his groundbreaking 1990 series Twin Peaks. Andrews is one of a handful of musicians set to appear in the upcoming revival; alongside other named artists like Eddie Vedder, Trent Reznor, Sharon Van Etten and Sky Ferreira.
Total Depravity will be available on CD, Download & Deluxe Gatefold Double Vinyl that includes two bonus tracks – “Here Comes The Dead (Live Studio Version)” and “1 Big 1 (Demo).”