Midday Veil

Midday Veil. Photo by Frank Correa. Click to download print-size press version.

ABOUT

Known for dramatic performances as well as subtle, varied recordings, Seattle experimental rock ensemble Midday Veil combines otherworldly vocals and cosmic synths with driving, hypnotic rock grooves to produce music that rewards careful listening and defies easy categorization.

The band began in 2008 as a collaboration between Emily Pothast, a vocalist and songwriter who earned an MFA in visual art from the University of Washington before turning her attention to music, and synth player David Golightly, a classically trained pianist whose studies in composition and electronic music included courses led by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Kuerten, Germany. In early 2009, Midday Veil's sound was catalyzed by the addition of Timm Mason, a prolific multi-instrumentalist obsessed with modular synthesis, musique concrète and Middle Eastern guitar tones. In 2011, the band added Jayson Kochan on bass, additional guitar and electronics and Sam Yoder on percussion. Rhythmic duties are currently on the shoulders of Garrett Moore, who replaced original drummer Chris Pollina in 2012, following the recording of The Current.

Midday Veil's 2010 debut studio album Eyes All Around garnered high praise from a handful of tastemakers, however the band's ecstatic improvised cassette releases Subterranean Ritual II (2011) and INTEGRATRON (2012)—recorded in an acoustically perfect wooden dome built with "extraterrestrial guidance" on a magnetic vortex in the Mojave desert—created deep ripples in the experimental underground. Produced by Seattle luminary Randall Dunn and featuring original artwork by Robert Beatty, Midday Veil's follow-up studio LP The Current (2013) harnesses the experimental intensity of these improvised releases with a return to the arena of songcraft. The Current found its way onto a number of year-end lists, including a mention by The Wire as one of the top 15 avant-rock albums of 2013.

The band is currently putting finishing touches on a new studio album, recorded with Randall Dunn and due out in 2015.

A strong live act, Midday Veil has toured the US regularly since 2009, notably opening for krautrock legends Faust on a Northwest tour in 2012. The band's festival appearances have included SXSW, Bumbershoot, 35 Denton, Treefort Festival, Hypnotikon Festival and LA Psych Fest.



SELECTED PRESS

"Few contemporary groups with a mind-altering manifesto can boast a figure with the shamanic charisma and lung capacity of a Grace Slick or Renate Knaup. Seattle's Midday Veil are an exception."

- The Wire


"Midday Veil consistently produces some of the best experimental psychedelic music I've ever heard, always bending genres and minds at the same time."

- Hammer Smashed Sound


"Midday Veil make music the way this kind of music ought to be made."

- Foxy Digitalis


"Sensual and mystical...the rhythms of a world gone completely mad for all the right reasons."

- Tiny Mix Tapes


"...possess the spirits of the greats of psychedelic rock (Ash Ra Tempel, especially)..."

- Weed Temple


"Midday Veil have the art and authenticity of good psych rock, with none of the grimy regret of that genre's gummy-headed next day awakening."

- Three Imaginary Girls


"...gorgeousness wrapped up in song..."

- Terrascope


"...feels a bit like watching the birth of humanity from space."

- Best Of



INTERVIEWS/FEATURES

Tripping With Good Weirdos: An Interview With Midday Veil. The Quietus, 10/17/13

Midday Veil - "The Current" Interview. Revolt of the Apes, 10/1/13

Lifting The Veil - An Interview With Midday Veil. Ghost Cult Mag, 9/3/13

Interview with Emily Pothast - Midday Veil. Femme Metal Webzine, 8/20/13

Q&A: Midday Veil Talk The Current, Prep for LP release show Seattle Weekly, 7/17/13

Midday Veil interview for Tachyons+ Transmits's experimental video art column. Mishka NYC, 6/05/13

Midday Veil: Horse With No Mane. Seattle Weekly, 10/19/11

Interview with Emily from Midday Veil. Revolt of the Apes, 1/1/11

Asymptotes Epic: Midday Veil's Oracular, Spectacular Psychedelia. The Stranger, 11/9/10



ALBUM REVIEWS

The Current. Cassette Gods, 9/23/13

The Current. Tiny Mix Tapes, 9/12/13

The Current. Hammer Smashed Sound, 8/7/13

The Current. Ghost Cult Magazine, 8/5/13

The Current. Seattle Weekly, 7/30/13

The Current. Skirk (Norway), 7/19/13

The Current. The Wire (UK), 7/15/13

INTEGRATRON. Redefine Magazine, 12/21/12

INTEGRATON. Alterity 101, 8/18/12

INTEGRATRON. Foxy Digitalis, 8/1/12

INTEGRATRON. Guide Me Little Tape, 7/3/12

INTEGRATRON. Sound Colour Vibration, 6/1/12

INTEGRATRON. VICE Italy, 5/24/12

Subterranean Ritual II. Tiny Mix Tapes, 10/15/12

Subterranean Ritual II. Cassette Gods, 1/4/12

Subterranean Ritual II. Weed Temple, 11/18/11

Subterranean Ritual II. Foxy Digitalis. 9/2/11

Subterranean Ritual II. The Stranger's Line Out, 7/26/11

Eyes All Around. Terrascope, 8/1/11

Eyes All Around. Three Imaginary Girls, 3/1/11

Eyes All Around. Redefine Magazine, 11/3/10

Subterranean Ritual CDR. Foxy Digitalis, 4/10/11



SHOW REVIEWS

Midday Veil, ALTO! Live Show Review (Portland, OR). Redefine Magazine, 9/13/13

Midday Veil's Serpentine Fire. The Stranger, 9/1/13

Panabrite, Midday Veil and Master Musicians of Bukkake at Chop Suey, Seattle. Decoder Magazine, 7/24/13

Midday Veil, Brain Fruit, Disappearing People at Knockout, San Francisco. Buzz Chips, 5/03/2013

Faust, Midday Veil, Von Bingen. BeatRoute (Canada), 10/29/12

Faust, Midday Veil and Dull Knife at the Comet. The Stranger, 10/16/12

Midday Veil at Rhinoceropolis, 5/13/11. Denver Westword, 5/14/11

Midday Veil and the Arrington de Dionyso Experience. Seattle Subsonic, 11/15/10

LIVE REVIEW: Escalator Fest II - Night 2. Seattle Rock Guy, 11/3/10

Midday Veil Arranges "Garden of Earthly Delights." The Stranger's Line Out, 7/23/10

Midday Veil's Psychedelic Wonderland at Sunset Tavern. Seattle Rock Guy, 4/6/10

Midday Veil, Moon Duo, Du Hexen Hase. Redefine Magazine, 2/18/10