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martes, 7 de noviembre de 2017

Shoegaze Pioneers The Veldt Release New EP and Announce Tour with Modern English


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, their commitment to the unique sounds and rhythms in their perfectly calibrated guitar tones do the awesome work of elevating beyond stereotypes. In so doing, 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)

Pioneering shoegazers The Veldt have announced they will release their new EP 'Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose' via U.S. label sonaBLAST! Records. Perhaps the only notable first-wave shoegaze bands to never go on hiatus or 'reform' since the early 1990s, they 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 dreampop and shoegaze world (a remix by A.R.Kane and production by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins) and also from 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 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

November also brings The Veldt's mini-tour with new wave legends Modern English. Earlier this spring, these 4AD recording artists had to cancel part of their 2017 tour after guitarist Gary McDowell had to undergo emergency surgery. With Gary back in good health, Modern English have announced new North American headlining dates with The Veldt supporting for a string of East Coast dates.

"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 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, 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' EP will be released digitally worldwide on November 3 via sonaBLAST! Records. You can also catch one of their upcoming U.S. tour dates n support of this release.    


TOUR WITH MODERN ENGLISH
Nov 11  Asbury Park, NJ - The Wonder Bar
Nov 12  Philadelphia, MA - Johnny Brendas
Nov 13  Sommerville, MA - ONCE Ballroom
Nov 18  Carborro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Nov  21  Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel
Nov 22  Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC

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