Review Summary: Veil Veil Vanish's debut is one of the most intriguing records of the year thus far, and is an indication that the band has tremendous potential.
It becomes overly apparent in the opening seconds of Veil Veil Vanish’s debut, “Change in the Neon Light,” where the influence is rooted. This San Franciscan quartet brings immediate reminiscence of The Cure; channeling intensely passionate gothic rock and soaring melodies into what is sure to be one of 2010’s most intriguing albums to date. Everything from lead singer Kevin Tecon’s poignant vocals to heavily synth-infused music allude to The Cure, although it does not appear that the band is only out to pay homage. Most significantly though, Veil Veil Vanish has already been able to establish themselves as an effective post-punk revival group, which is something that groups such as The Bravery have never been proficient enough to replicate.
All comparisons set aside, Veil Veil Vanish is a welcome addition to the darker brand of indie rock. “Change in the Neon Light” is almost entirely upbeat, riding dynamic basslines, infectious pop-hooks, and layered guitars. Lead singer Keven Tecon seems perfectly suited for the music in which he accompanies; not only showcasing his talented singing voice, but also contributing to the soaring melodies that are such an integral factor on this particular album. “Change in Neon Light’s” pop-appeal never seems to waver, highlighted by Anthem for a Doomed Youth’s
captivating atmosphere. Despite its haunting ambience, Anthem for a Doomed Youth
is intricately developed with a sludgy bassline, wailing guitar leads, and even hand claps that do not fail to make you click the repeat button. Along the same lines is the penultimate track Detachment
, which is neither lacks intensity nor musical prowess.
Veil Veil Vanish’s development of an eerie, yet infectious ambience is what defines both the band and the record, and appears to be the formula for the entire album. The release’s darkest moments could very well be the tandem of Modern Lust
and Pharmaceutical Party Platform
, for the former is driven by heavily distorted and synthesized keyboards and guitars, only further contributing to the intensity and mystery that the track gives off.
You can expect virtually all of Veil Veil Vanish’s debut record “Change in the Neon Light,” to haunt, charm, and enthrall, all at the same time; whether it’s the synth-infused wonder of Modern Lust
or the slow-burning title track. Some will criticize “Change in Neon Light” for lacking variety, but overall makes up for its lack of diversity by showcasing no excess fat around the edges. This 9-track debut may turn out to be one of the more criminally ignored releases of 2010, but in actuality, should be recognized as one of the more captivating records of the year.
Change in the Neon Light
Anthem for a Doomed Youth
Pharmaceutical Party Platform