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The Veldt; Photo Credit: Christopher Harold Wells
There seems to be quite a massive resurgence of the shoegaze genre happening – and it’s happening worldwide. What better way to dive into the goodness that is currently out there than to introduce you to a band from our own backyard, which is very here and now and, at the same time, has roots so deep into this genre that they were involved in its very proliferation during the early ’90s.
At that time in the UK, bands like Lush, Ride, Chapterhouse, The Telescopes, Catherine Wheel, and My Bloody Valentine were all the rage. On the other side of the Atlantic, niche lovers of this genre were thrilled with a small handful of homegrown counterparts: Swirlies, Drop Nineteens, Medicine, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The Veldt
The Big Takeover covered the latter’s latest EP, The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur ,earlier, and today we present the world premiere of the coolly scintillating lead track off the forthcoming EP Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose, which will be released this coming Friday, November 3 via sonaBLAST! Records Only a week later, The Veldt kick off their east coast tour with 4AD legends Modern English
Perhaps the only notable first-wave shoegaze bands to never go on hiatus or ‘reform’ since the early 1990s, The Veldt are at their core identical twins Daniel Chavis (vocals, guitar) and Danny Chavis (guitar), along with Hayato Nakao *(bass) and *Marvin Levi (drums).
The new EP features contributions from two 4AD music legends of the dream-pop and shoegaze world: a remix by A.R.Kane and production by Robin Guthrie.
“These are previous works that have never been properly released and, during this tour with Modern English, we would like to share these tracks with the world under this title ‘Thanks to the Moth and Ariyana Rose’ – a poem set to the music of The Veldt, so to speak,” says Veldt guitarist Danny Chavis.
The Veldt’s brilliant 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 album _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.
The Veldt’s journey has been highly fascinating. Some time after forming in Raleigh, they met programmer Hayato Nakao in New York’s East Village and have since forged a style of music that is a heady and sensual blend of shoegaze and progressive soul, dreamy soundscapes and infectious grooves.
After signing to Capitol Records in 1989, The Veldt were soon in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie working on their initial recordings, touring with Cocteau Twins and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and recording Marigolds with Lincoln Fong (Moose). They soon recorded their classic Afrodisiac (1994), produced by Ray Shulman (The Sundays, Bjork, The Sugarcubes), which was 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. They’ve most recently toured with Phantogram and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose releases digitally on November 3 via sonaBLAST! Records. Also catch The Veldt in Raleigh tonight with Living Colour or on the road over the next few weeks with Modern English. Tour dates below.
1. The Color of Love Is Blue
2. I Like The Way You Talk (A.R.Kane Mix)
3. Black and Blue
4. Fit to be Tied
Oct 31 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater (with Living Colour)
Nov 11 Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar (with Modern English)
Nov 12 Philadelphia, MA – Johnny Brendas (with Modern English)
Nov 13 Sommerville, MA – ONCE Ballroom (with Modern English)
Nov 16 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse (with Modern English)
Nov 18 Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Modern English)
Nov 21 Washington, DC – Rock n Roll Hotel (with Modern English)
Nov 22 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC (with Modern English)
We also invite you explore some of the band’s other recent tracks
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