The Veil are a majestic, complex and interesting band. While their music could easily be described as post-rock, there's trace elements of sludge, doom, black and post-metal, along with post-punk woven throughout their most recent album, Impermanence. It's impressive and fairly ambitious to throw so many styles together - yet what makes The Veil an act worth the listen is the sheer ease with which they pull this feat off. The end result - moody, tense music with some of the best craftsmanship you'll find in Australia.
The Veil join Germ and Alcest on support for their show at Sydney's Manning Bar on Thursday, April 27. LIFE IS NOISE had a chat to guitarist, vocalist and bassist Che DeBoehmler as part of our Two Minutes With... series.
What are five words you’d use to describe your band?
A friend of ours once described the music as “crushing with clean”, so maybe we'll just go with those three words.
What’s been going on in the world of The Veil?
After the Impermanence album came out, we played some memorable shows, had some downtime, and went through a few changes in the band. A new member, Ben Rumble, joined on bass just after the album was completed, and last year we said goodbye to a very long serving member, guitarist Wayne McIntyre. Since then we've settled into a four piece lineup for now, and we've been working on a batch of new songs that feel like a distillation of and a step up from what we've done before.
Quickly tell us about an album that’s shaped the band in one way or another.
It's not necessarily the single most important album to the band, and there's plenty of other formative albums we could name, but Disintegration by The Cure is a big one. The elements they're mostly known for - carefully layered guitar and keyboard parts, driving basslines, hypnotic drums and Robert Smith's vocals - are all particularly strong in this material, and there's a real commitment to making the songs feel like a cohesive album. It's disciplined but inspired.
If you could open for any Australian or New Zealand based artist, who would it be and why? Feel free to choose acts that no longer exist.
This might stretch the rules of the question, but either Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds in the mid to late 1980s, or Dead Can Dance. Both bands have had an influence on what we do, and it would be exciting but probably quite bizarre to share a stage and see what their audiences might think of us.
You're supporting Alcest on their upcoming tour. Has the band affected you in any way?
We've been fans of Alcest since their first album Souvenirs d'un autre monde. The fact that their music seemed to exist in its own world outside of what was happening in metal at the time was very appealing/inspiring.
What’s the best compliment you’ve received at a show? What’s the weirdest?
The weirdest was probably at our first show, when an audience member shouted out “I bet your mother's glad she didn't have an abortion!”. We can only assume that's a compliment.