- An Interview with Danny Chavis from The Veldt Jammerzine Exclusive 27:46
The Veldt is a band that has earned more than their reputation as shoe-gaze and alt-rock legends and pioneers. And now that is more evident in their new tour with guests including Seefeel, Your 33 Black Angels-Micah Gaugh-Honeychild Coleman & Haunted Horses among others (dates below).
And today I get to talk with Danny Chavis. Along with his twin brother Daniel (vocals, guitar), and Hayato Nakao (bass), Marvin Levi (drums) and Alex Cox (guitar), are continuing to expose the masses with some of their new music (check out ‘Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose’ HERE) with a special glimpse of what to expect via the Raliegh, NC based show ‘Oak City Session’ below.
About The Veldt and East Coast Tour with Seefeel
Pioneering shoegazers The Veldt have announced East Coast tour dates, including a mini-tour with legendary UK electronic gaze outfit, Seefeel for their debut North American tour. Other appearances also involve other artists along with way. The tour kicks off on Friday, October 18 in Raleigh, when the band performs with Creation Records legends Swervedriver.
The Veldt is identical twins Daniel Chavis (vocals, guitar) and Danny Chavis (guitar), along with Hayato Nakao (bass), Marvin Levi (drums) and Alex Cox (guitar). Together they produce a heady and sensual blend of shoegaze and progressive soul, dreamy soundscapes and infectious grooves.
The Veldt will be touring in support of their latest EP ‘Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose’ and also preview some new material. Their latest video ‘Black and Blue’ features footage by Yuko Sueta, the late wife of Veldt guitarist Danny Chavis. More recently, the band filmed a live Oak City Session 2019 with the City of Raleigh.
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The new EP features contributions from two 4AD music legends of the dream-pop and shoegaze world (a remix by A.R.Kane and production by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins). The Bandcamp version of the EP also features two legends of the trip-hop and rap/trap world (‘Dakini’ was remixed by Jason Furlow, a.k.a. Nosaj of New Kingdom and Carlos Bess of the Wutang production team).
The Veldt’s sound has accommodated the influence of musical kin Cocteau Twins as readily as it did Marvin Gaye and free jazz warriors Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders. These trailblazers reference European post-punk while embracing modern hip-hop, and working with transient dreamscapes as fluidly as solid song structures.
Photos by Rebecca Kane.
Pitchfork included The Veldt ‘Afrodisiac’ in the top 50 shoegaze albums ever released and Stereogum included ‘Until You’re Forever’ in the top 31 shoegaze tracks. Their sound also inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio.
After signing to Capitol Records in 1989, The Veldt joined Robin Guthrie for debut recordings, followed by tours with Cocteau Twins and Jesus and Mary Chain, and recording ‘Marigolds’ with Lincoln Fong (Moose, Piroshka). Their classic ‘Afrodisiac’ (1994) was produced by Ray Shulman (The Sundays, Bjork, Sugarcubes) and released via Mercury Records.
The Veldt has collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def, Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite), and 4AD legend A.R.Kane and shared the stage with The Pixies, Throwing Muses, Echo & The Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Chuck D, Living Colour, and Schooly D.
Seefeel’s legacy dates back to the early 90s and has undoubtedly earned their legendary status. Conceived by Mark Clifford and Sarah Peacock, they immediately amalgamated electronics in groundbreaking ways, deeply fusing these sounds with guitar, drums and bass into urgent melodic waves. Early releases ‘Quique’ and ‘Succour’ oscillated between hopefulness, introspection and downright menace. Seefeel is touring to mark just over 25 years elapsed since the release of their seminal debut album ‘Quique’.
‘Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose’ is out now via sonaBLAST! Records and can be ordered directly from the band via Bandcamp.
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Oct 31,New York, NY,Alphaville,with Your 33 Black Angels-Micah Gaugh-Honeychild Coleman & Haunted Horses
Nov 08,Boston, MA,Dorchester Art Project,with New Aura & Mint Green
Nov 10,Montreal, QC,Bar Le Ritz, with Seefeel & Automatisme
Nov 11,Toronto, ON,Adelaide Hall, with Seefeel
Nov 12,Chicago, IL,Empty Bottle, with Seefeel
Nov 13,London, ON,Odyssey Records, with Anne Moniz
Nov 14,Brooklyn, NY,Warsaw, with Seefeel
Nov 15,Philadelphia, PA,Johnny Brenda’s, with Seefeel