Finn Andrews of The Veils has announced an extensive New Zealand tour in March/ April 2019, to celebrate the imminent release of his debut solo album One Piece At A Time.
Andrews will be performing all shows live on piano, and for most will be accompanied by a live band and strings players.
The tour includes festival performances at WOMAD as well as seven full-band shows, and four solo performances.
Reb Fountain joins as tour support on all full-band dates.
Since signing a record deal at the tender age of 16, Finn Andrews and his band The Veils have released five 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, and commissioned by the Belgian government to write a 20-minute orchestral piece to commemorate the Antipodean casualties of the First World War.
It was while writing 2016’s Total Depravity that the New Zealand-raised musician realised a different streak was beginning to emerge. Fueled by the end of a relationship, Andrews took some time out from London and The Veils, and returned to New Zealand to begin work on his first solo album, One Piece At A Time.
A songwriter’s body of work is often referred to as a songbook. But Andrews possesses quite literally that- a bound collection of pages filled with lyrics, sketches, and other ideas that he carries with him.
Andrews galvanised a small group of musicians in Auckland and quickly got to work deciphering the pages. The sheer quantity of material was daunting at first, and one of the new outfit’s first tasks was to spend a few weeks locked away in a room, playing each song through to get a sense of how they felt.
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, and with sprawling string arrangements by Victoria Kelly.