Rising from the darkness of the San Francisco indie rock scene, dark synth-pop/shoe-gaze/alternative band Veil Veil Vanish released their brand new record Change in the Neon Light, on February 23rd. The five-piece band (Keven Tecon, Robert Marzio, Amy Rosenoff, Justin Anastasi, Cameron Ray) has been generating a lot of buzz over the last couple years for their music as well as their live performances. They appeared at the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco in both 2008 and 2009, and are gearing up for a major U.S. tour this year.
Veil Veil Vanish’s sound has been compared heavily to The Cure. The band even appeared on the Cure tribute album Perfect as Cats. But they are far from a Robert Smith & co rip-off. Their debut EP Into a New Masoleum, brought out a cascading shoe-gaze vibe. And with their new release the band has tapped into a vein of creative energy, amping up the ‘gaze and unleashing a more aggressive, driving sound.
The single “Modern Lust” delivers powerful vocals (courtesy of Keven Tecon, who also plays guitar and keyboards) atop vintage 80s alternative. The sweeping keyboards add the textural undercurrent. There’s a propulsive intensity that is reminiscent of The Killers in the way Veil Veil Vanish combines the best retro with a modern aesthetic, but it’s altogether original in the delivery. Ultimately it’s a memorable hook that drives the song home, lodging it into the subconscious in a only a couple listens. It’s no wonder “Modern Lust” is already being tossed around as a contender for Best of 2010 lists.