Known for dramatic performances as well as subtle, varied recordings, Seattle experimental rock ensemble Midday Veil combines intense vocals and cosmic synths with hypnotic rock grooves to produce music that rewards careful listening and defies easy categorization.
The band began in 2008 as a collaboration between vocalist and multimedia artist Emily Pothast and classically-trained pianist / analog synth head David Golightly. In early 2009, Midday Veil's sound was catalyzed by the addition of prolific multi-instrumentalist Timm Mason on baritone guitar, bass, and modular synth. Bassist/guitarist Jayson Kochan joined the band in 2011, and in 2012, Garrett Moore replaced original drummer Chris Pollina. Percussionist Sam Yoder has also performed and recorded as a member.
Midday Veil's debut studio album Eyes All Around (2010) and ecstatic improvised cassette releases Subterranean Ritual II (2011) and INTEGRATRON (2012) established the band as a multifaceted entity with roots in synth pop, psychedelic rock and free improvisation. Produced by Randall Dunn and featuring artwork by Robert Beatty, Midday Veil's 2013 studio LP The Current harnessed the experimental intensity of earlier releases with an intensified focus on songcraft. The Current found its way onto a number of year-end lists, including a mention by The Wire as one of the top avant-rock albums of 2013.
In 2014, the band returned to the studio with Randall Dunn to record its third LP (and first with drummer Garrett Moore) This Wilderness, due in September 2015 on Brooklyn-based label Beyond Beyond is Beyond.
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. Festival appearances have included SXSW, Bumbershoot, 35 Denton, Treefort Festival, Hypnotikon Festival, LA Psych Fest and Vancouver Psych Fest.
"fully-formed synth-psych that incorporates elements of krautrock, electro-disco and baroque pop."
"Even when they're voyaging deep into the unknown, Midday Veil stimulate the synapses with dynamic arrangements and the kind of melodic sensibility that eludes the majority of their peers. They bludgeon, seduce and inflame."
"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."
"Midday Veil make music the way this kind of music ought to be made."
"Sensual and mystical...the rhythms of a world gone completely mad for all the right reasons."
"...possess the spirits of the greats of psychedelic rock (Ash Ra Tempel, especially)..."
"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."
"...gorgeousness wrapped up in song..."
"...feels a bit like watching the birth of humanity from space."
- Best Of
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
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
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