Through personal ignorance and occasional close-mindedness, when told about a hardcore band with a female lead vocalist, I automatically began to expect a Rolo Tomassi-esque barrage of ‘mathy’ strangeness and confusion, but fortunately said ignorance was proved wrong with hardcore quintet, Veils, and their new ‘Clarity’ EP.
The release begins with ‘Standing Alone (Isolation)’, a track that is melodic and almost hypnotic in its slowness before building up into a cacophony of heaviness and brutality with really listenable qualities. The opening track constantly slows down and builds back up, with the distressed vocals of Chlo Edwards only adding to the uniqueness of Veils.
It’s hard to put this band into a genre immediately as there are clearly aspects of the modern hardcore movement in their tracks, but with songs such as ‘Caves (Anxiety)’ thrown into the mix, the listener becomes more aware of the influence of early and recent hardcore punk bands.
The passionate and angst-filled lyrics are spewed at the listener with a kind of comforting aggression that fans of said hardcore movement will attempt to relate to. The most memorable moment of this five-track record is the closing minute or so of the concluding track, ‘Surrender (Clarity)’, a track that subjects the listener to a barrage of Defeater/Chariot-esque shrieks and chants before fading out into nothingness.
‘Clarity’ is a strong and meaningful release from Veils, and it’s likely that during their embarkation of tours over the coming months that this band will become a well-known figure within the world of hardcore. If you happen to be in a town where Veils and The Long Haul are visiting during February, make sure that you get down to the venue, grab a pint and witness something that you can be sure to see a lot of in the future.
Written by Luke Davis