Axolotl is the first track from The Veils upcoming album Total Depravity, which is due for release on August 26.
Filmed in New Zealand, frontman Finn Andrews says, "this was an extraordinarily fun video to make, I think because we got to shoot it back home in New Zealand with our dear friends director Tu Neill and producer Alex Gandar and pulling in favours from heaps of really great people. Art Director Sinclair Lonsdale was working in the art department for ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ in the day, then coming and building these huge tentacle puppets for us at night. All the black goo coming out of everyone's mouths was made out of the same stuff they put in mince and cheese pies just with black pigment in it. The day we filmed it, I spent the whole night just wandering around giggling to myself. It's also probably the only time I'll get to hear the sentence ‘Oil the tentacle, choke the jock. Action.’ Though you never know I guess."
Later this year, The Veils will begin a tour that includes North American dates in DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The month-long tour will begin on October 21st in Milan, Italy and wrap on November 25th in Brussels, Belgium. See full dates below.
The album reunites the band with producer Adam 'Atom' Greenspan, who’s work with producer Nick Launay has led to essential releases from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Band Of Skulls and many others. Andrews and El-P (from Run The Jewels) met up in various locales to collaborate together. Over a two-year period, Total Depravity was recorded at Estúdios Sá da Bandeira in Portugal, Konk Studios in London, Casa Lynch in Los Angeles and El-P's studio in Upstate New York.
Total Depravity will be available on CD, Download & Deluxe Gatefold Double Vinyl that includes two bonus tracks – “Here Comes The Dead (Live Studio Version)” and “1 Big 1 (Demo).”
21 Oct Milan, Italy @ Serragilo
22 Oct Bologna, Italy @ Locomotiv
25 Oct London, UK @ KOKO
29 Oct Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
1 Nov New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
3 Nov Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
4 Nov Washington, DC @ DC9
7 Nov Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
9 Nov San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
11 Nov Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound
12 Nov Seattle, WA @ Barboza
23 Nov Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
24 Nov Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
25 Nov Brussels, BE @ Orangerie
Total Depravity Tracklisting
2. A Bit on the Side
3. Low Lays the Devil
4. King of Chrome
5. Swimming with the Crocodiles
6. Here Come the Dead
7. In the Blood
8. Iodine & Iron
9. House of Spirits
10. Do Your Bones Glow At Night?
11. In the Nightfall
12. Total Depravity