April 13, 2024

Two shoegaze pioneers to tour: America’s The Veldt and Britain’s Seefeel

Pioneering shoegazers The Veldt have announced East Coast tour dates, including a mini-tour with legendary UK electronic gaze outfit Seefeel for their debut North American tour.  Other appearances also involve other artists along with way. The tour kicks off on Friday, October 18 in Raleigh, when the band perform with Creation Records legends Swervedriver.
The Veldt is identical twins Daniel Chavis (vocals, guitar) and Danny Chavis (guitar), along with Hayato Nakao (bass), Marvin Levi (drums) and Alex Cox (guitar). Together they produce a heady and sensual blend of shoegaze and progressive soul, dreamy soundscapes and infectious grooves.
The Veldt Webster Hall credit Ed Marshall
The Veldt will be touring in support of their latest EP ‘Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose’ and also preview some new material. Their latest video ‘Black and Blue’ features footage by Yuko Sueta, the late wife of Veldt guitarist Danny Chavis. More recently, the band filmed a live Oak City Session 2019 with the City of Raleigh.
Oct 18  Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Swervedriver)
Oct 25  New York, NY – Lola (with Johnny Scuotto)
Oct 31  New York, NY – Alphaville (with Your 33 Black Angels, Micah Gaugh, Honeychild Coleman & Haunted Horses)
Nov 08  Boston, MA – Dorchester Art Project (with New Aura & Mint Green)
Nov 10  Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz (with Seefeel & Automatisme)
Nov 11  Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall (with Seefeel)
Nov 12  Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (with Seefeel)
Nov 13  London, ON – Odyssey Records (with Anne Moniz)
Nov 14  Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw (with Seefeel)
Nov 15  Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (with Seefeel)
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. These trailblazers reference European post-punk while embracing modern hip-hop, and working with transient dreamscapes as fluidly as solid song structures. Their sound also inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio
Pitchfork included The Veldt ‘Afrodisiac’ in the top 50 shoegaze albums ever released and Stereogum included ‘Until You’re Forever’ in the top 31 shoegaze tracks. Noise Journal has also hosted them twice with an interview by Alibi Pierce in 2016, and an Artist of the Week article by Mike D in 2017. 
After signing to Capitol Records in 1989, The Veldt joined Robin Guthrie for debut recordings, followed by tours with Cocteau Twins and Jesus and Mary Chain, and recording ‘Marigolds’ with Lincoln Fong (Moose, Piroshka). Their classic ‘Afrodisiac’ (1994) was produced by Ray Shulman (The Sundays, Bjork, Sugarcubes) and released via Mercury Records. The Veldt has collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def, Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and 4AD legend A.R.Kane and 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
Seefeel‘s legacy dates back to the early 90s and have undoubtedly earned their legendary status. Conceived by Mark Clifford and Sarah Peacock, they immediately amalgamated electronics in groundbreaking ways, deeply fusing these sounds with guitar, drums and bass into urgent melodic waves. Early releases ‘Quique’ and ‘Succour’ oscillated between hopefulness, introspection and downright menace. Seefeel is touring to mark just over 25 years elapsing since the release of their seminal debut album ‘Quique’.
‘Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose’ is out now via sonaBLAST! Records and can be ordered directly from the band via Bandcamp.
Produced by Robin Guthrie (Tracks 2, 3), Rudy Tambala/A.R.Kane (Track 6), and The Veldt (Tracks 1, 4, 5)
Guitar & bass – Hayato Nakao & Danny Chavis
Vocals, lyrics & guitar –  Daniel Chavis
Drums – Marvin Levi
Programming – Robin Guthrie, Hayato Nakao & Danny Chavis
Remixing – Rudy Tambala/A.R.Kane (Track 6), Jason Furlow and Carlos Bess (Track 5)
Mastering – Alexander Kretov at Ummagma Studio
Cover artwork by Danny and Daniel Chavis
Layout by butterflysoup\5bc art
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