The band are touring in support of their recently released their EP 'The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur'. They join other bands along the way, culminating with their performance at Liverpool Psych Fest, along with another great band Pure Phase Ensemble 4 feat. Mark Gardener (of RIDE).
Just days after completing their Central Canadian tour, The Veldt have just kicked off their European tour with Reverence Festival Valada in Portugal. This tour will also take them to Spain, Italy, France, the UK, Sweden and Denmark.
The Veldt are perhaps the most renowned protégés of Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), apart from Lush, and contemporaries of A.R.Kane. Apart from collaborating with those two artist, they have also worked with TV On The Radio, Mos Def and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and have toured and played with The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Living Colour and TV on the Radio, among others. Most recently they toured East coast dates with The Brian Jonestown Massacre for their U.S. tour.
This will be the first official tour of mainland Europe for the The Veldt in promotion of their new EP 'The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur'. During the Italian leg of the tour, they will tour with Rome-based three-piece WEIRD., one of the foremost shoegaze artists from southern Europe, with support from Lady Sometimes Records. Highlights of this tour include the Reverence Valada Festival, Liverpool Psych Festival and GataFest Sweden.
The Veldt were a sensation from the start as they became a part of a movement of innovators who came of musical age at a time when rhythmic rebels were reflective, gritty and wild. Their sound inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.
Before and after leaving Mercury Records, their music was remarkeable in being tastefully loud and exploring color, space, sensuality and beat driven melodies with rhythmic and dynamic tension. Daniel's falsetto vocals cast a contrast upon the wall of sound created by Danny's heavy rock dreamscape guitar and Hayato's pounding and licentious beats.
“The major labels were always trying to get us to change our sound, our look or both,” Daniel laughs. “But, we had no interest in being the next Lenny Kravitz or Tony! Toni! Toné! Unfortunately, not everyone shared our vision. We weren’t trying to be rock stars, we just want to play our music and pay our rent.”
'The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur' EP serves to mark the band's re-emergence after a hiatus and will be followed by their 'Resurrection Hymns' LP in early 2017 via SonaBLAST! Records. For these veteran musicians and passionate noise technicians, this newest EP marks a new beginning. The new EP is available on vinyl from Manchester-based Leonard Skully Records and on CD and digitally at http://theveldtmusic.bandcamp.com.
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
09/10 Valada, Portugal - Reverence Festival
09/13 Seville, Spain - Sala Hollander (via RenoFest)
09/14 Roma, Italy - Le Mura (with Weird)
09/15 Latina, Italy - Circolo H (with Weird)
09/16 Viareggio, Italy - GOB - Ganz of Bicchio - Circolo ARCI (with Weird)
09/18 Bologna, Italy - Freakout Club (with Weird, Davide Bartolomei)
09/19 Genova, Italy - TBC
09/21 Paris, France - Supersonic (with Electric Eye)
09/22 London, UK - Shacklewell Arms (with Electric Eye, Camera)
09/23 Liverpool, UK - Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
09/24 Malmo, Sweden - Gatufest // Norra Grängesbergsgatan
09/25 Copenhagen, Denmark - TBC
Here's what the press had to say....
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
The Veldt are a unique and singular, musical proposition - authentic American soul music, without post-modern irony, without cliché. If theVelvet Underground had left the Factory and toured with STAX ... They are Kane's kissing kousins – Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane)
Their awesome wobbly psychy guitar music and from-the-heart soulful vocals are as wonderful as ever...myself and Robin Guthrie are just 2 screaming fans – Creation Records' Founder Joe Foster
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)
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