Legendary shoegaze band The Veldt have announced they will release their new EP Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose via 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 4AD’s A.R.Kane and Robin Guthrie. The Veldt’s 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.
Danny Chavis on the EP:
“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.”
This November sees 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.
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). The Veldt have 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
1. The Color of Love Is Blue
2. I Like The Way You Talk (A.R.Kane Mix)
3. Black and Blue
4. Fit to be Tied
Oct 28 Chapel Hill, NC – Beta House
Oct 31 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater (with Living Colour)
Nov 11 Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar (with Modern English)
Nov 12 Philadelphia, MA – Johnny Brendas (with Modern English)
Nov 13 Sommerville, MA – ONCE Ballroom (with Modern English)
Nov 16 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse (with Modern English)
Nov 18 Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Modern English)
Nov 21 Washington, DC – Rock n Roll Hotel (with Modern English)
Nov 22 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC (with Modern English)