The Veils, fronted by Finn Andrews — dressed in tailored suit and beloved hat  — have carved a gothic-tinged niche for their sometimes rawly emotional songs. The son of XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews, Finn grew up in England and New Zealand. After quitting high school in Auckland, he moved to London and formed the band. Within two months record labels were hovering; Andrews eventually signed with Rough Trade (The Smiths, Pulp). The original line-up folded in 2004; The Veils reconfigured for second album Nux Vomica. After the acclaimed Sun Gang (2008) came 2013's Time Stays, We Go and 2016's Total Depravity.

Turn from the Rain

2013 - Music video

With 'Turn from the Rain', The Veils added their name to the prestigious list of bands who have recorded at London's famed Abbey Road Studios — a list which includes The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. According to frontman Finn Andrews “The room there is so musty and still … you want any sound you make to be worth disturbing the grand silence for.” The idea of making a video at Abbey Road arrived at 2am in a Hackney flat; the performances were shot on 16mm film, an appropriately retro touch considering the venue. The recordings were later released on The Abbey Road EP

Calliope!

2006 - Music video

This performance clip for The Veils is given a distinctive edge using various effects that add a moody, jittery vibe. The overlaid animations — moths trace arcs in the air, shadows move in the background, and the moon and stars make an appearance  — add a mood of underworld ethereality, and an echo of the silent movie era. The clip was made by the Brownlee brothers (not the English triathletes). It was nominated for video of the year in the 2007 Juice TV awards. The song is taken from second Veils album Nux Vomica.

Advice for Young Mothers to Be

2006 - Music video

Former schoolmates having babies were Finn Andrews' inspiration for this elegant, optimistic piece of chamber pop from the second Veils album Nux Vomica (named for the poison tree which produces strychnine and a homeopathic remedy). The delightfully wry video finds the band's performance in a pink-swathed set invaded by crawling babies and toddlers. The song celebrates a single mother's right to raise her child; the band's interactions with the babies suggests they'll be content to keep the next generation at arm's length for quite some time.