Rattling off a series of gruesome fates one by one, the latest single from Finn Andrews of The Veils carries the feeling of a song passed down through the ages. Like some children’s playground rhyme with a morbid history long forgotten, or something chanted around a bubbling cauldron by Shakespearean witches, this track from his debut solo album One Piece at a Time is ever so enthralling. The superb lyricism is complimented marvellously by the accompanying video, which is equally macabre and madcap thanks to its blend of dark imagery and wry humour. ‘One By The Venom’ carries an undeniable allure, an inescapable mysticism, the kind that pulls you in deeper and makes you want to listen on repeat until you’ve memorised every last line.
When you think of The Veils your mind probably goes to the bewitchingly dark and gritty sound that they’re best known for. The kind of songs that feel like they should be the soundtrack to all the devil’s future deals at the crossroads. It’s odd then that this live offering from frontman Finn Andrews draws you in for being just the opposite. ‘A Shot Through The Heart’, taken from his forthcoming debut solo album One Piece At A Time out 22nd March, is wonderfully refined and elegant with its lush piano and heartwarming swell of strings. Despite its less than cheerful lyrics, the simply sublime score that accompanies them, along with Finn’s smooth and soothing vocals, feels supremely uplifting. All it takes is one listen and you’ll be humming the tune as you waltz about your day.