Chicago metallers Veil Of Maya have had a busy few months. The band released their sixth studio album, ‘False Idol’, back in November, and now they’re over in the UK on a lengthy co-headline tour with Sacramento post-hardcore kings, Dance Gavin Dance.
Whilst backstage at the London date in the O2 Academy in Islington, we caught up and chatted with vocalist Lukas Magyar to talk all about touring, writing, his love for Lamb Of God, bands that he manages, and what’s next in the pipeline for Veil Of Maya.
DP!: Welcome to the UK, Lukas! How’s the tour going so far?
L: It’s going really well! The shows have been great. Tonight’s sold out, so we’re really looking forward to it. The last time we played London we played the same venue too, so we have high expectations for this evening! That was back in November 2016, when we were here with Born Of Osiris, Volumes, and Black Crown Initiate.
DP!: And you’re over here with Dance Gavin Dance this time, what’s that like?
L: It’s awesome! It’s fun. I’ve met a couple of them before, but for the most part we’re meeting them for the first time, and we get along really well. It’s been a good friend-building experience! We actually toured with the guys in Thousand Below (the opening act tonight) a few months ago with The Devil Wears Prada, so it’s cool to be out with those guys again too.
DP!: If you could tour with anyone, who would it be?
L: If Lamb Of God ever asked us to do a tour, that would be pretty awesome! I would totally be down for that. I drop that name a lot, too, so I’m hoping one day they’ll hear one of these interviews and be like “man, this guy really wants to do a tour!” [laughs]
DP!: You never know! Lamb Of God, if you’re reading this, get Veil Of Maya out with you. Are there any other smaller bands you think we should be checking out?
L: There’s all sorts of smaller bands! I actually manage a few bands, and some other individuals I work with have some other bands under them that are still very up-and-coming. We work with bands like Red Handed Denial, who are from Canada, they have a similar style to Protest The Hero and Periphery. We also have a band called In Search Of Solace, who are from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. They’re pretty cool. They’re kind of like The Devil Wears Prada but slightly heavier, a little more aggressive. The list goes on, we work with a lot of bands, there’s so much music out there right now.
DP!: There really is, it’s almost overwhelming – nowadays everyone can get their music out there, but is that making it harder to get heard?
L: Yeah, but it’s a lot cooler than wishing you had the resources to do it, and the only thing holding you back is things like money and equipment. So, it is cool that it’s as accessible as it is now, because anyone can just pick it up and build themselves a foundation.
DP!: Very true. In terms of you guys, your album ‘False Idol’ came out last year. How was the response?
L: I think it went over really well. I was very pleased with the response we got from the fans. They’ve been pretty ecstatic when we play the new songs live, so all things considered, it’s been great!
DP!: Were you going for a different sound with this album?
L: Yeah. I think something I personally try to do as an artist, and I can probably speak on behalf of the rest of the guys too, is we always wanna do something a little bit different and expand, and try to dabble and see what else we can come up with. If you keep writing the same songs and the same albums, after a while you’ll get sick of it, and your fans also get sick of it. So you want to challenge yourself, and surprise the people who are looking forward to it. Just try to find different elements of what it is you do as an individual, and that changes the overall sound.
DP!: So, what’s next for Veil Of Maya?
L: We’re going to be touring with Underoath later this year, with Dance Gavin Dance coming on that one as well, so we’re really looking forward to that. We’re not planning to get back in the studio just yet. The album only just came out, so it’s nice to not have to worry about recording for the time being, but we’ll get back to it eventually. For now it’s just about getting out and playing the new songs for the fans.
The band’s sixth full-length album, ‘False Idol’, is out now through Sumerian Records.
Interview by Lottie Cook (@pixelottie)