FinnAndrews (The Veils) releases ‘One By The Venom’ another new track from his forthcoming solo album, ‘One Piece At A Time,’ out March 15th. Watch here
‘One By The Venom’ belongs to a songwriting sub-genre Andrews adores—the list song—and its onslaught of doom scenarios provides the perfect canopy under which Finn and his new band members play off one another.
“I’ve always had a real things about lists – this is a list of the many ways there are to meet your maker,” says Finn. “I just started writing it on the tube, and it became quite obsessive. There are another 5 or 6 verses I didn’t use. The song was all recorded live and has a really fierce little spirit.”
Since signing a record deal at 16, FinnAndrews and his band The Veils have released 5 albums together, appeared in David Lynch’s reboot of Twin Peaks, as well as on soundtracks by luminary film directors Tim Burton and Paolo Sorrentino, and was also recently been commissioned by the Belgian government to write a 20-minute orchestral piece to commemorate the antipodean dead of World War I. It was while writing 2016’s critically acclaimed Total Depravity that the New Zealand-raised musician realized a different streak was beginning to emerge. Fueled by the end of a relationship, Andrews took some time out from London and from The Veils, and returned to New Zealand to begin work on his first solo album, ‘One Piece At A Time’, due out March 15.
“I needed to leave London” Andrews says. “It was making me sick and I needed to get out, my relationship had broken down, so I went back to New Zealand. I had a feeling I’d be able to find the right people there to make the album, and it was as far away as I could go from where I was before, which felt necessary as well.”
The resulting album, ‘One Piece At A Time’ is more personal and self-exploratory than anything Andrews has previously attempted, an effort he says that wasn’t necessarily deliberate but more a result of circumstance. In addition to the songs’ subject matter exposing more of his life than before, Andrews also admits that their arrangements allowed for less to hide behind, showcasing him in a different way. Dominated by Andrews’ voice, the ten tunes place him firmly front and centre. The album is one of Andrews’ most profound and intimate pieces of work. Recorded entirely live at The Lab in Auckland, and engineered and co-produced by Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins), the band includes Andrews on vocals, piano, and guitar; Cass Basil on electric and upright bass; Alex Freer on drums; Healy on guitar; Reb Fountain and Nina Siegler on backing vocals; with sprawling string arrangements by Victoria Kelly.