Runaway Found

The Runaway Found

by The Veils
     
 

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Led by 20-year-old New Zealand expatriate Finn Andrews, this London-based quartet have a thing for high drama, and, like forebears such as U2 and the Verve, they aren't afraid of extending themselves in the pursuit. The Runaway Found is rife with what Waterboys' frontman Mike Scott once

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Led by 20-year-old New Zealand expatriate Finn Andrews, this London-based quartet have a thing for high drama, and, like forebears such as U2 and the Verve, they aren't afraid of extending themselves in the pursuit. The Runaway Found is rife with what Waterboys' frontman Mike Scott once called "the big music," from the buoyantly orchestrated sweep of "Lavinia" to the sneakily building, emotionally draining ballad "The Valleys of New Orleans." Andrews spikes his songs with dark, brooding lyrics that can either give pause, as on the downcast folk paean "The Tide Left and Never Came Back," or offer uplift, as on the Starsailor-gone-Motown "Guiding Light." The band are less than convincing when they try to kick out the jams with no-frills rock, but that flaw only crops up on the brief "More Heat than Light." Terra firma being as constricting as it is, it's nice to hear that some bands are still reaching for the stars.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Runaway Found is a weathered debut album. With less focus on making an eager first impression than most bands emerging from the post-grunge era, the Veils consume themselves with a rock canvas rooted in singer/songwriter Finn Andrews' folk upbringing. An unjaded view of romance and desire is cast, and the Veils' sincerity is far from hidden from the stormy design of the album's atmospheric backdrop. The Runaway Found basks in its glorious pop spotlight simply because it enjoys the heat, and such a surefire introduction is bound to be impressive. Andrews, who was just 17 and 18 when he composed the songs found here, is confident and sensitive, much like Richard Ashcroft and the late Jeff Buckley. Whether his heart is broken or mended, Andrews' songwriting is reflective of hope and regret. Andrews' lyrics and the Veils' mature presentation complement one another, further indicating the Veils' sharp ear for keeping things just so. From the majestic melodies of "Guiding Light" and "The Leavers Dance" to the thunderous clamor of "More Heat Than Light," The Runaway Found never loses its momentum. The dry roar of "Vicious Traditions" is close behind the latter's hungry disposition, adding to the album's burning flesh; however, it's "Lavinia" that carries the weight of The Runaway Found. Like the Manic Street Preachers' "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" and Mansun's "Wide Open Space," "Lavinia" is classic. Andrews' aching vocals are the center to the lilting string and piano arrangements. Oliver Drake's wispy acoustic guitars add a nice flair to the song's beautiful melancholy. The Veils may be a young band, but they're hungry for their craft. The Runaway Found is an incredibly focused first album, giving evidence of how serious the Veils are about composing a stylish, quality sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
Label:
Rough Trade Us
UPC:
0883870013529
catalogNumber:
135

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Performance Credits

Veils   Primary Artist
Gini Ball   Violin
Dinah Beamish   Cello
Sally Herbert   Strings
Claire Orsler   Viola
Jacqueline Norrie   Violin
Brian G. Wright   Violin
Finn Andrews   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ben Woollacott   Drums,Group Member
Adam Kinsella   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Oli Drake   Guitar,Group Member
Iron John   Hand Clapping
Ellie Gray   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dinah Beamish   String Arrangements
Bernard Butler   Producer
Michael Hunter   Engineer
Matthew Ollivier   Producer,Engineer
Nick Terry   Engineer
Finn Andrews   Composer
Mike "Captain Mikey" Hunter   Engineer

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