The Veldt hail from Raleigh, North Carolina and Japan via New York, and are comprised of identical twins Daniel Chavis (vocals, guitar) and Danny Chavis (guitar), Marvin Levi (drums) and Hayato Nakao (drums). After signing to Capitol Records in 1989, The Veldt were soon in the studio with dream-gaze guru Robin Guthrie working on their initial recordings, touring with Cocteau Twins and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and recording ‘Marigolds’ with Lincoln Fong (Moose). They soon recorded their classic ‘Afrodisiac’ (1994), produced by Ray Shulman (The Sundays, Bjork, Sugarcubes), released via Mercury Records and included by Pitchfork among the top 50 shoegaze albums of all time.
Their sound also inspired future generations of alternative artists, including TV On the Radio
. They have collaborated with TV On The Radio, Mos Def and Lady Miss Kier (Deee-Lite)
, 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.
This past year has also been pretty monumental, with highlights including sold-out tours with Phantogram
and The Brian Jonestown Massacre
, a European tour, two separate Canadian tours, appearance at some of North America’s and Europe’s trippiest psych fests, a spotlight feature on Time Warner Cable TV and being named as east coast support for Modern English
Their new EP ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’ sees the band returning to their roots with a mercurial blend accommodating the influence of musical kin Cocteau Twins on par with that of Marvin Gaye and free jazz warriors Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders. These trailblazers reference European post-punk while embracing modern hip-hop and dreamy ambience, and working with transient dreamscapes as fluidly as solid song structures. Release in June through Schoolkids Records, this EP also involved A.R.Kane, who produced ‘And It’s You’.