FINN ANDREWS – ” One Piece At A Time “

Posted: March 15, 2019 in MUSIC
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Finn Andrews new album One Piece at a Time is his first solo effort outside of his band The Veils. (Andrews wears Zambesi and is styled by Karen Inderbitzen-Waller.)

Finn Andrews has a new solo record “One Piece at a Time”. Yes, solo. The former Veils frontman unveiled himself of his band and left the group and London, his adopted hometown, to return to his childhood home of Auckland over a year ago.

“It’s the longest I’ve been here since I was 16,” he says with a slight air of wistfulness. He had left London, At first it was the record. I wanted to make the record here. And knowing I couldn’t be in London any more.” “Well, I’m certainly the happiest I’ve ever been,” he grins. “I got to a place in London... it’s odd really, for a place with so much going on I barely would ever go out. I was always at home. It was about working, being there. I was born there and have been back and forth my whole life, but for the past 15 years I’ve been pretty solidly there and most of that time I’ve spent locked up in a room writing things. Or worrying about not writing things.”

He sighs, then smiles and says, “I feel this has been the first year of life I’ve had in a while.”

That’s because for the first time in a long time he’s been free to live. With a notebook bursting with songs, he quickly assembled a band and went straight into the studio to lay down the album shortly after landing. Three weeks later it was done. He’d intended for it to come out last October, spend a couple of months touring and then regroup in the UK with The Veils to begin work on the follow-up to 2016’s brilliantly macabre album, Total Depravity. But life has a habit of getting in the way.

“It’s all been delayed,” he says, explaining that his label decided to hold the record until now. “I would have totally put it out straight away. But it’s alright. I took that opportunity to open the blinds and be in the world a bit.”

“A dissolution of a relationship,” he says. “And I’d written a lot of records in that room. I needed to be somewhere else, be in a different space for a while. It’s been good to be here.”

“I’d written a bunch of songs in this book for the last few years and it was getting to a ludicrous point where I felt I had to do something with these songs or I couldn’t take myself seriously as someone who wrote songs anymore,” he says. “I played a few of them with the Veils and they didn’t make any sense.

“They’re pretty different. Everything with The Veils is so loud. I’m so loud, my guitar’s really loud, everybody plays really loudly… This is a very soft record. A break from that world was needed.”

The obvious difference is that Andrews is sitting at the piano for these songs. “It was weird being chained to a piano,” he admits. “It’s also hard to do anything that cool while you’re playing the piano.”

“But it comes with a lot of familial weight. I’m nowhere near as good as my dad [Barry Andrews, keyboardist and founding member of UK art-pop band XTC]. It’s an uphill thing for me. There’s less room for hitting it, which is generally how I play guitar. The piano demands a refined approach. It was a challenge stepping up to the piano. To be worthy of that instrument.”

From Finn Andrews‘ album “One Piece At A Time”

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