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Fresh off the back of announcing two special performances in Sydney and Melbourne this November, Finn Andrews (of The Veils) returns with his new single “A Shot Through the Heart (Then Down in Flames)” – the latest offering from forthcoming debut solo album, One Piece At A Time.

Led by Finn’s distinctive vocal and showcasing the kind of skilful songwriting that’s already won The Veils a huge, dedicated fan base, “A Shot Through the Heart (Then Down in Flames)” displays a more personal and self-exploratory side to Finn, especially when compared to The Veils’ 2016 album Total Depravity.

It’s a lot more autobiographical than I intended,” says Finn on the new album. “The last Veils records had a lot of writing from other perspectives but this one has a lot less of that and a lot more from… well, from me I guess. It’s always been personal, so it’s a different way of getting at the same thing, I suppose. Honestly I don’t exactly know why it’s different this time, or why these songs have a different feeling, but they do.”

Since signing a record deal at 16, Finn Andrews and his band The Veils have released 5 albums together, appeared in David Lynch’s reboot of Twin Peaks, as well as on soundtracks by luminary film directors Tim Burton and Paolo Sorrentino, and were also recently commissioned by the Belgian government to write a 20-minute orchestral piece to commemorate the antipodean dead of World War I. It was while writing 2016’s critically acclaimed Total Depravity that the New Zealand-raised musician realized a different streak was beginning to emerge.  Fuelled by the end of a relationship, Andrews took some time out from London and from The Veils, and returned to New Zealand to begin work on his first solo album, One Piece At A Time, due out next year.

The album is one of  Andrews’ most profound and intimate pieces of work. Recorded entirely live at The Lab in Auckland, and engineered and co-produced by Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins), the band includes Andrews on vocals, piano, and guitar; Cass Basil on electric and upright bass; Alex Freer on drums; Healy on guitar; Reb Fountain and Nina Siegler on backing vocals; with sprawling string arrangements by Victoria Kelly.

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