Veil Veil Vanish
Change in the Neon Light


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
February 27th, 2010 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

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.

Recommended Tracks:
Change in the Neon Light
Anthem for a Doomed Youth
Pharmaceutical Party Platform
Detachment



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EVedder27
February 27th 2010


6088 Comments


Don't dissapoint me sputnik, and listen to this.

Stream: http://www.myspace.com/veilveilvanish

bloc
February 27th 2010


34853 Comments


Need to listen to this.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Nagrarok
February 27th 2010


8247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds interesting, but don't know when I'll check it out. Maybe later, also not much of a stream listener unless I'm really pumped for the album already. Anyway, thanks for keeping it short, I would've been too tired to read a longer one.

EVedder27
February 27th 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks Nag. I wouldn't be listening to the stream if I could find the album online, but I can't.

Nagrarok
February 27th 2010


8247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

According to the release date you set it should be out already, but maybe it'll appear in a few days then.

Blindsided
February 27th 2010


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review dude. I will check this out as I am getting indie-ier by the day. Check your shoutbox for some help.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2010


10421 Comments


liking the shortness

Digging: Tennis - Ritual In Repeat

TheWayfarerElectric
February 27th 2010


154 Comments


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.


Lol

RobotFrank
February 27th 2010


344 Comments


As a recovering goth, I really shouldn't be looking for this kind of stuff... Gave it a listen, I fear a relapse coming on.. Nice review.

AggravatedYeti
February 27th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is interested

EVedder27
February 27th 2010


6088 Comments


Those of you that said you were interested, definitely give it a spin. I'm gonna try and hype this.

Ponton
Emeritus
February 27th 2010


5793 Comments


Very good review, Mike. I've looked around the net, and the reviews for this have been really good. I went ahead and forwarded this review for a possible feature.

EVedder27
February 27th 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks a lot Jared, appreciate it. I do think sputnik will like this.

WatchItExplode
February 28th 2010


3243 Comments


hmn...sounds interesting will listen

EVedder27
March 1st 2010


6088 Comments


bump, because people need to listen to this

natey
March 5th 2010


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

so is this like the bravery?

EVedder27
March 5th 2010


6088 Comments


Yeah, but much better

Jethro42
March 7th 2010


12440 Comments


I you tubed 'Anthem for a doomed youth'. Interesting. I love the abrasive bass playing. Sounds like a more modern 'The Cure', no doubt. I'll keep an eye on this band. Good review Mike. You get my vote.

Nagrarok
May 4th 2010


8247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm glad I got back to this, it's excellent. Deserves waaay more than 4 ratings.

EVedder27
May 4th 2010


6088 Comments


So great to hear that, and I totally agree



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