Shoegaze alt-soul pioneers The Veldt announce East Coast tour
The Veldt could never be pigeonholed, no matter how hard the world tried to put the African-American brothers and their bandmates into a box… with songs that should have been massive hits… anthems that demand to be heard – Pitchfork
Their passion is infectious... elevating beyond stereotypes. They are crafting both a loud and a quiet revolution. It is really hard to not fall in love with this band – Huffington Post With Danny’s enveloping hooks, Daniel’s swooning falsetto... the new songs invite paradoxical praise: serenely assaultive, vertiginously soothing – The Guardian
Atmospheric sounds... their presence in and of itself is historic – Noisey / VICE
For black artists, doing anything outside of the bubble, beyond what’s derivative of what white kids are doing, being able to express yourself honestly, is not celebrated at all. So when I heard these guys, it gave me confidence – Doc McKinney (The Weeknd, Drake, Estherio)
Other appearances also involve other artists along with way. The tour kicks off on Friday, October 18 in Raleigh, when the band perform with Creation Records legends Swervedriver.
The Veldt is identical twins Daniel Chavis (vocals, guitar) and Danny Chavis (guitar), along with Hayato Nakao (bass), Marvin Levi (drums) and Alex Cox (guitar). Together they produce a heady and sensual blend of shoegaze and progressive soul, dreamy soundscapes and infectious grooves.
The Veldt will be touring in support of their latest EP 'Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose' and also preview some new material. Their latest video 'Black and Blue' features footage by Yuko Sueta, the late wife of Veldt guitarist Danny Chavis. More recently, the band filmed a live Oak City Session 2019 with the City of Raleigh.
The new EP features contributions from two 4AD music legends of the dreampop and shoegaze world (a remix by A.R.Kane and production by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins). The Bandcamp version of the EP also features two legends of the trip-hop and rap/trap world ('Dakini' was remixed by Jason Furlow, a.k.a. Nosaj of New Kingdom and Carlos Bess of the Wutang production team).
The Veldt’s sound has accommodated the influence of musical kin Cocteau Twins as readily as it did Marvin Gaye and free jazz warriors Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders. These trailblazers reference European post-punk while embracing modern hip-hop, and working with transient dreamscapes as fluidly as solid song structures.
Pitchfork included The Veldt 'Afrodisiac' in the top 50 shoegaze albums ever released and Stereogum included ‘Until You’re Forever’ in the top 31 shoegaze tracks. Their sound also inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.
After signing to Capitol Records in 1989, The Veldt joined Robin Guthrie for debut recordings, followed by tours with Cocteau Twins and Jesus and Mary Chain, and recording 'Marigolds' with Lincoln Fong (Moose, Piroshka). Their classic ‘Afrodisiac’ (1994) was produced by Ray Shulman (The Sundays, Bjork, Sugarcubes) and released via Mercury Records.
The Veldt has collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def, Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and 4AD legend A.R.Kane and shared the stage with The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Chuck D, Living Colour, and Schooly D.
Seefeel's legacy dates back to the early 90s and have undoubtedly earned their legendary status. Conceived by Mark Clifford and Sarah Peacock, they immediately amalgamated electronics in groundbreaking ways, deeply fusing these sounds with guitar, drums and bass into urgent melodic waves. Early releases 'Quique' and 'Succour' oscillated between hopefulness, introspection and downright menace. Seefeel is touring to mark just over 25 years elapsing since the release of their seminal debut album 'Quique'. 'Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose' is out now via sonaBLAST! Records and can be ordered directly from the band via Bandcamp.
1. The Color of Love Is Blue
2. Black and Blue 3. Fit to be Tied 4. Camus 5. Dakini 6. I Like The Way You Talk (A.R.Kane Mix)
7. Dakini (Carlos Bess / Jason Furlow Mix)
CREDITS Produced by Robin Guthrie (Tracks 2, 3), Rudy Tambala/A.R.Kane (Track 6), and The Veldt (Tracks 1, 4, 5) Guitar & bass - Hayato Nakao & Danny Chavis Vocals, lyrics & guitar - Daniel Chavis Drums - Marvin Levi Programming - Robin Guthrie, Hayato Nakao & Danny Chavis
Remixing - Rudy Tambala/A.R.Kane (Track 6), Jason Furlow and Carlos Bess (Track 5) Mastering - Alexander Kretov at Ummagma Studio Cover artwork by Danny and Daniel Chavis Layout by butterflysoup\5bc art TOUR DATES Oct 18 Carborro, NC - Cat's Cradle (with Swervedriver) Oct 25 New York, NY - Lola (with Johnny Scuotto) Oct 31 New York, NY - Alphaville (with Your 33 Black Angels, Micah Gaugh, Honeychild Coleman & Haunted Horses) Nov 08 Boston, MA - Dorchester Art Project (with New Aura & Mint Green) Nov 10 Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz (with Seefeel & Automatisme) Nov 11 Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall (with Seefeel) Nov 12 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (with Seefeel) Nov 13 London, ON - Odyssey Records (with Anne Moniz) Nov 14 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw (with Seefeel) Nov 15 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's (with Seefeel)
All photos by Ed Marshall except 5-member color photo by Todd L. Williams
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