Veil Veil Vanish- Change in the Neon Light

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

When I think of Metropolis Records, quite a few industrial acts come to mind. But the label has a much wider variety of music than just industrial to offer, and San Francisco’s Veil Veil Vanish is a perfect example of this. The band released their debut album Change in the Neon Light earlier this year and it offers post punk with atmospheric guitar work that channels some of the earlier shoegaze acts. Although they will likely be compared to a number of long running groups, Veil Veil Vanish still manages to have a sound of their own that will hook quite a few people.

Let’s get the comparisons out of the way so that we can discuss the band’s sound: Veil Veil Vanish sounds like a cross between the base sound of The Cure and the atmosphere of My Bloody Valentine. What this means is that all of the songs on Change in the Neon Light have edgy grooves to them but also feature soaring atmospheric guitar melodies that really pull you in. Admittedly this makes the group sound like the aforementioned acts plus a number of others, but there is just enough diversity to make them distinguishable from everyone else. However, the main flaw with this album is that once the instrumentalists fall into an established formula they seem to stick with it and because of this there are only a few songs that really stick out. If the band can make the songs a bit more distinguishable from one another their material will certainly benefit from it.

Vocalist Keven Tecon has a very soothing voice that is well suited to the melodic instrumentals. His voice is very powerful and has a slightly higher pitch to it which is reminiscent of many of the well known post punk singers out there. Tecon has a good deal of charisma that he lends to the band, and it is clear that they have picked a very capable front man who can help them appeal to a wide variety of listeners. The lyrical content may get a little repetitive at times, but this is something that can be improved as the group moves forward.

Veil Veil Vanish isn’t quite at the top of their genre yet as they need to make their songs stand out a bit more on an individual basis, but they are enjoyable to listen to and have merged together two musical styles that complement each other nicely. If you enjoy either genre consider giving this band a chance, and in another album or two it is very possible that they could reach new heights.

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