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|Birth name||Finn William Riddley Kent Andrews|
24 August 1983 |
Camden Town, London, England
|Occupations||Musician, singer, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Rough Trade, Blanco Y Negro, Nettwerk|
Finn Andrews is lead singer and songwriter of London based band The Veils. His father Barry Andrews was a founding member of 1980s bands XTC and Shriekback and later went on to play with Iggy Pop, Robert Fripp and David Bowie.
Finn was born in Camden 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 guesting on albums by Brian Eno, Shriekback and The Mint Chicks on backing vocals. 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.
Guitars & Equipment Used
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.