Finn Andrews (of The Veils) releases his long awaited solo album One Piece At A Time. To celebrate the release, Finn has announced a summer headline tour that will take him around the world.
Finn, who now lives in New Zealand, will head to Australia, Europe and UK before kicking things off in North America in New York City on June 11 at Rockwood Music Hall. These shows will see Finn performing tracks from his excellent new solo album, for the first time in the US. Highlights from the new album include the longing of the lead single “Love, What Can I Do?” and its dramatic opening chord—taught to Andrews by his father Barry Andrews (of XTC, League Of Gentlemen), no less which begins the record and immediately sets the tone. “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 the band members play off one another. Elsewhere, “A Shot Through The Heart (Then Down in Flames)” and “The Spirit In the Flame” show off the variety of Andrews’ song writing, letting his voice light the path. As the album closes with the hopeful “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” it is clear that One Piece At A Time is a necessary step both for fans of the artist’s work as well as the artist himself.
“I felt this record had been brewing for a long time, and there was a palpable sense of relief in finishing it, which I don’t often get,” says Finn. “This record marks a change in me. I feel like it’s taken me somewhere else. That’s kind of the spooky element of making albums: you think you’re making them but really they’re making and shaping you. I’m somewhere else now thanks to them, and it’s hard to know where they’ll leave me in the end. I had something I felt I really needed to say, and I think for once I managed to say it. I do feel a small sense of pride in that.”
In addition to the songs’ subject matter exposing more of his life than before, Andrews admits that their arrangements allowed for less to hide behind, showcasing him in a different way. Dominated by Andrews’ voice, the ten tunes here place him firmly front and center. The resulting 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.
Since signing a record deal at 16, Finn Andrews 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. It was while writing 2016’s acclaimed Total Depravity that the New Zealand-raised musician realized a different streak was beginning to emerge. Fuelled 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 solo album.
North American Tour Dates:
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6/11 – NYC @ Rockwood Music Hall
6/12 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz
6/13 – Toronto, ON @ The Monarch
6/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
6/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Café du Nord
6/21 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theatre
1. Love, What Can I Do
2. Stairs to the Roof
3. The Spirit in the Flame
4. One by the Venom
5. A Shot Through the Heart (Then Down in Flames)
6. What Strange Things Lovers Do
7. Al Pacino / Rise and Fall
8. Hollywood Forever
9. One Piece at a Time
10. Don’t Close Your Eyes