Finn Andrews

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Finn Andrews
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Background information
Birth name Finn William Riddley Kent Andrews
Born (1983-08-24) 24 August 1983 (age 36)
London, England
GenresSinger/Songwriter/Indie/Alternative rock
OccupationsMusician, singer, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2001–present
LabelsRough Trade, Blanco Y Negro, Nettwerk
Websitewww.theveils.com

Finn Andrews (born 24 August 1983) is a British/New Zealand musician. He is a solo artist and lead singer and songwriter of London-based band The Veils. His father Barry Andrews is a current member of Shriekback, was a member of XTC, and also played with Iggy Pop, Robert Fripp and David Bowie.[1]

Finn was born in Kentish Town, London and grew up between his father in London and his mother, an English and Sociology professor in Auckland, New Zealand. He attended Takapuna Grammar School during his teens where he met The Veils bass player Sophia Burn, before leaving for London shortly after his 16th birthday to make The Veils debut album The Runaway Found.

As of 2016, he has released five records with The Veils: The Runaway Found (2004), Nux Vomica (2006), Sun Gangs (2009), Time Stays, We Go (2013), and Total Depravity (2016). He's known for his extremely cathartic live performances and his unique singing voice[2] guesting on albums by Brian Eno, Shriekback and The Mint Chicks on backing vocals.[3] In 2011, Finn started his own record label Pitch Beast Records in order to release The Veils fourth studio album Time Stays, We Go.

In 2014, Finn Andrews revealed that as well as writing The Veils new record had also been commissioned to write an orchestral piece to commemorate the antipodean dead of World War One in Belgium in 2016.

In 2017, Finn appeared in David Lynch's new series of Twin Peaks performing Axolotl.

Guitars and equipment used[edit]

Since The Veils formed in 2004 Finn has predominantly used Fender electric guitars and Gibson acoustic guitars, specifically a 1960s Fender Jazzmaster, Fender Jaguar and a 1960s Gibson Dove acoustic. During the 'Time Stays, We Go' tour in 2013 he also began using a 1960s Gibson ES-355. He uses very few guitar pedals generally restricted to just a Boss tuner, Diamond Delay and a Crowther Audio Hot-Cake Overdrive. Finn uses vintage Fender Deluxe Reverb Amplifiers in the studio and a reissue for touring purposes.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums with The Veils[edit]

Title Released Label Format
The Runaway Found 16 February 2004 Rough Trade CD, LP
Nux Vomica 18 September 2006
Sun Gangs 6 April 2009
Time Stays, We Go 29 April 2013 Pitch Beast CD, LP, download
Total Depravity 26 August 2016 Nettwerk Records

EPs[edit]

Title Released Label Format
Troubles of the Brain 24 January 2011 Pitch Beast CD, download
Live at Abbey Road 29 April 2013
Acoustic Session at Roundhead 14 April 2017 Nettwerk Records Download
Swimming with the Crocodiles 8 September 2017

Studio solo albums[edit]

Title Released Label Format
One Piece At A Time 15 March 2019 Nettwerk Records CD, LP, download


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finn Andrews Interview, BBC". Retrieved 21 April 2002.
  2. ^ "Junk Media, The Veils Article". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2007.
  3. ^ "Web Cuts Media, Interview with Finn Andrews". Retrieved 10 October 2007.