Nux Vomica

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Nux Vomica
Studio album by The Veils
Released 18 September 2006
Recorded Seedy Underbelly Studios, Laurel Canyon, California and Everest Street, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand in spring 2006
Genre Indie/Alternative rock
Length 43:32
Label Rough Trade
Producer Nick Launay
The Veils chronology
The Runaway Found
(2004)
Nux Vomica
(2006)
Sun Gangs
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
The Fly 5/5 stars[citation needed]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10 link
UNCUT 4/5 stars[citation needed]

Nux Vomica is the second album by The Veils, released on 18 September 2006. It was recorded in Laurel Canyon (Los Angeles) and produced by Nick Launay, during spring of 2006. A far heavier and darker sound characterises Nux Vomica, very different from the indie sound of the previous record. Most notable are "Jesus for the Jugular", "Not Yet", "Pan" and the title track itself, while more accessible numbers are the singles "Advice for Young Mothers to Be" and "One Night on Earth". A distinctive contribution to this new sound was given by the string arrangements of Jane Scarpantoni, ex member of The Lounge Lizards and long-time Lou Reed collaborator.

Tracklist[edit]

All songs written by Finn Andrews, except where noted.

  • CD/LP (RTRADCD235/RTRADLP235)
  1. "Not Yet" – 4:54
  2. "Calliope!" – 3:35 (Andrews/Gerrard)
  3. "Advice for Young Mothers to Be" – 3:25
  4. "Jesus for the Jugular" – 4:46
  5. "Pan" – 4:58
  6. "A Birthday Present" – 3:43
  7. "Under the Folding Branches" – 3:23
  8. "Nux Vomica" – 5:30
  9. "One Night on Earth" – 4:08
  10. "House Where We All Live" – 5:06
  • Enhanced CD (RTD002)
  1. "Not Yet" – 4:54
  2. "Calliope!" – 3:35 (Andrews/Gerrard)
  3. "Advice for Young Mothers to Be" – 3:25
  4. "Jesus for the Jugular" – 4:46
  5. "Pan" – 4:58
  6. "A Birthday Present" – 3:43
  7. "Under the Folding Branches" – 3:23
  8. "Nux Vomica" – 5:30
  9. "One Night on Earth" – 4:08
  10. "House Where We All Live" – 5:06
  11. "Night Thoughts of a Tired Surgeon" – 2:51
  12. "Advice for Young Mothers to Be" (Video)
  • Japan Edition (POCE-15001/4988005453860)
  1. "Not Yet" – 4:54
  2. "Calliope!" – 3:35 (Andrews/Gerrard)
  3. "Advice for Young Mothers to Be" – 3:25
  4. "Night Thoughts of a Tired Surgeon" – 2:51
  5. "Jesus for the Jugular" – 4:46
  6. "Pan" – 4:58
  7. "A Birthday Present" – 3:43
  8. "Under the Folding Branches" – 3:23
  9. "Nux Vomica" – 5:30
  10. "One Night on Earth" – 4:08
  11. "House Where We All Live" – 5:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Finn Andrews – vocals, guitar
  • Sophia Burn – bass
  • Liam Gerrard – piano, organ, harmonium
  • Henning Dietz – drums, percussion
  • Dan Raishbrook – guitar
  • Eric Gorfain – violin
  • Jane Scarpantoni – cello
  • Janubia and Natalie Wilde – backing vocals

Trivia[edit]

  • The track, Calliope! features on a television ad for TV3 in New Zealand.
  • The track, Jesus for the Jugular is featured in the seventh episode of the third season of the New Zealand television program, Outrageous Fortune.