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Liverpool, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Liverpool, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"The Guardian- New Band Of The Week"

Hometown: Liverpool.

The lineup: Chris Beesley (vocals, guitar), Adam Bresnen (vocals, guitar), James Tidd (bass), Tom McCabe (drums), Donovan Collins (synth, keyboards).

The background: Veyu are a Liverpool band, but they are less La's than Lotus Eaters or China Crisis – they're not laddish Scouse rockers with a bolshy sense of entitlement, they're sensitive boys with wan voices and liquid guitars shimmering away as they sing their sad songs amid an atmosphere of poetic desolation. Sometimes they sound like a less oppressively heavy Echo and the Bunnymen; other times they could even be Mancunian – like New Order circa 1983, as they made their break into the pop light, or one of the many bands who formed in the latter's wake and signed to Factory, such as the Wake.
Veyu have their own Factory, actually – an arts space called the Fallout Factory that they managed to secure from the city council. There they rehearse, play gigs and host art events/installations. But this is art with a heart, they insist. Their intention is "to connect with people on an emotional level. Veyu strive to make music that people want to absorb, not just hear, that they can lose themselves in. We hope that the ideas behind our music strike a chord, evoke certain moods and feelings." They have made a good start with their debut double A-side single Running/The Everlasting. Strike a chord? Check. Evoke certain moods and feelings? Check. Well, they struck a chord with us, but then, we like Liverpudlian music that appears to have been genetically spliced from the DNA of the Bunnymen's Rescue and the Lotus Eaters' First Picture of You. That's what Running sounds like to us, but if those early 80s Mersey-indiepop co-ordinates don't ring any bells then let's just say that it sounds like the work of young men in thrall to the atmospheric properties of synths, the dramatic charge of drums, the linear propulsion that can be achieved by a neat guitar line and the way a certain vocal frequency can connote hurt and hope. The Everlasting is like a précis of 1983 developments: first, the looped found sounds, followed by the sadboy indie melody and then the shift towards disco dynamics and concomitant optimism telegraphed by the rhythm – and Wild Beasts and their proponents think they've cottoned onto something new! Veyu are like Wild Beasts if they were more obsessed with love and death than sex. Shadows is slow, mournful – for a few dolours more, or something. For some, this will be their idea of heaven up here; others can hear the Smiths in its sombre acoustica, but it's way less arch than that. As for the guitar, can we describe it as "shimmervescent"? We can? Thank you.

The buzz: "Dense, reverb-drenched melodies … disarmingly intimate yet profoundly epic, climbing to shimmering heights, and then plunging into deep blue".

The truth: Liverpudlian combo, fey and sensitive variety.

Most likely to: Go up to Villiers Terrace.

Least likely to: Go to Toxteth.

What to buy: Debut single The Everlasting/Running is released on 24 March.

File next to: Wild Beasts, Icicle Works, Lotus Eaters, Outfit.

Links: - The Guardian

"GIT Award 2014: Artist nominee profile – VEYU"

The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol. The Smiths‘ beautiful duotone record sleeves. The Who’s Sell Out album. When fine art and finer music collide it can be a wonderful thing.
It’s a relationship you could imagine Adam Bresnan, lead guitarist of Liverpool’s next big things VEYU, would appreciate. Just over a year ago, Adam helped create Dale Street’s Fallout Factory, which, despite sounding like a dodgy nu-metal band, has quickly becoming one of the city’s most creative hubs, encouraging collaboration between artists and musicians and creating a gallery space where all manner of bohemian happenings have taken place this past month as part of the band’s first self-curated show.
While some bands content themselves with the garage, VEYU can rehearse in somewhere a little more palatial where the inspiration is more than a knackered old lawnmower.
“It’s an artist led gallery and non for profit,” explains Adam. “It’s a creative space that gives the opportunity for up and coming and amateur artists to use it as a platform to show their work when the more obvious galleries such as the Tate and the Bluecoat may not give them that chance.”
All very noble but surely this is a two way thing for Adam and bandmates Chris Beesley (lead vocals/guitar), Tom McCabe (drums), Donovan Collins (keyboard) and James Tidd (bass).
“The way things are going the gallery is becoming part of the band,” agrees Adam. “It’s where we create our music so the space around us inputs into that in some kind of sub conscious way.
“We’ve worked closely with Deerstalker (3D artist) who is a close friend of mine from school – it’s worked really well with the visuals his been creating for us and has added a visual element to our performances.
“It’s a collaboration that’s only just started and is still in the development stage so it will be great to see where it goes.”
While happy to provide a treat for the eyes, on songs like Running from their double A-side single Running/The Everlasting, VEYU confirm they are making the kind of music that forces your ears to fall deeply and blindly in love.
VEYU at the GIT Award 2014 launch at Leaf, Bold Street
Running is a stunning piece of blissful gossamer pop, that mixes folk harmonies with a synth driven chorus to put you on your knees. Recalling the sort of neo-gothic guitar rock that ’80s Mersey heroes like the Lotus Eaters, Wild Swans and Echo and the Bunnymen took into the charts 30 years ago, Adam isn’t ashamed to admit where the inspiration for the Morrissey-esque vocals and lugubrious longing of lyrics like: “‘I ran away, to find the bright lights calling my name/But the call didn’t reach my ear, and so I fell to the ground in fear” come from.
“We obviously like the whole ’80s thing that’s coming back but we’ve gone through a lot of different styles since we started trying to find our feet and what we want to get out of our sound. It’s become a natural flow into what we did know.
“We’ve got a lot of influences and we’re proud of where we come from but half of the band are not even from the Liverpool area.”
Equally as fine is Everlasting which opens with a loop of layered recordings from industrial spaces, metal pipes chiming on floors and the breaking of wood, before this early menace gives way to a warm embrace of melody.
Hardly surprising then that The Guardian were moved to invent a word (“shimmervescent“) to describe the band’s beauty which brings us neatly to VEYU’s status as the buzziest of buzz bands.
But while the clamour surrounding the five piece gets louder and the talk turns to the inevitable record label interest, Adam is keen to sit back and take a long term view of his band’s future, free of any perceived cynicism that has been levelled at the band in some quarters.
“At this stage it’s not all about trying to get that first deal,” he says. “We want to be more involved in the writing process. We’re not really totally set about getting a major record deal but we wouldn’t so no but we’re certainly not disheartened with the whole thing.”
For music so delicately icy and self-assured, there’s a beating heart here which comes across when Adam’s fellow vocalist Chris waxes lyrical about the GIT Award.
“The GIT Award shortlist serves to shine a light on the very best of what the Liverpool music scene has to offer,” says Chris.
“The standard and diversity between the nominees shows cities in both the North and South of the UK that music from this part of the country is a formidable force to be reckoned with, brimming with talent from creatives who take their craft seriously. It’s an absolute honour to be considered a part of that.”
VEYU at the GIT Award 2014 launch at Leaf, Bold Street
So what can we expect from the band in say a years time, beyond of course their debut album – the result of self-produced sessions in Liverpool’s Parr Street – which is expected later this year?
“It’s hard to say really“, adds Adam. “Personally I like gaining the respect of my fellow musicians and being able to play my own music but bigger crowds around the country would be nice to and we’re looking to extend that circuit with more support slots and shows outside Liverpool. That’s got to be the next step.” - Peter Guy


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


VEYU ‘sounds like the work of young men in thrall to the atmospheric properties of synths, the dramatic charge of drums, the linear propulsion that can be achieved by a neat guitar line and the way a certain vocal frequency can connote hurt and hope. – The Guardian


2016 has been a productive year for Liverpool’s audio-visual quintet VEYU. Following the release of danceable favourite ‘Everytime’ (January) and heavy cannon ‘Battlecry’ (February), the band have now also laid the tracks for a series of events called ‘I/O’ (Input/Output), a concept born out of the Fallout Factory creative space from which the band formed back in 2014. These multi-media shows are the manifestation of VEYU’s insistence on collaboration and drive to create ideas, artworks and happenings beyond the beaten track. They perform with live visuals from honorary member Mike Isted 'Deer Stalker' and invite guest performances and installations from Liverpool’s wide web of artists and musicians. On top of all this the band have been recording more new material at Parr Street Studios with producer Tom Longworth (Clean Cut Kid, Wiley, Vitamin), preparing for the next batch of records, promising to deliver an exiting new sound - upping the tempo some what and adding extra weight to the drums and bass. The band hope to bring out new releases in Autumn this year.

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