Top 10 Records of 2007 – Number 10
One morning this spring, I was doing my early morning thing; email, reading blogs, writing blogs, with the Hype Machine in the background and suddenly I was listening intently to a song that commanded my attention. That song, called Jesus For The Jugular, was my introduction to The Veils and their record, Nux Vomica.
I went through a period this summer where Nux Vomica was all I listened to. There is something urgent and intense about this music that comes directly from the leader of The Veils, the lead singer and songwriter, Finn Andrews. He’s very Morrisey-like in his writing, singing, and delivery. In fact, the bonus track, Night Thoughts Of A Tired Surgeon sounds like it comes right off of a mid-80s Smiths record. Maybe that’s why I like this band and this record so much.
But The Veils are not a Smiths clone. They’ve got their own vibe, their own energy. The Gotham Gal and I witnessed it first hand at Bowery Ballroom this summer and came away impressed.
If you like your music delivered with both melody and intensity, check out this record. I am sure glad I did.