The Veldt played O’Brien’s – 1/13

Soul-gazers The Veldt returned to town on a stacked bill with Dead Leaf Echo, Iceblynk and The Spearmint Sea.

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The first time I saw The Veldt perform was one of those occasions where a set leaves you a little bit baffled, in that why isn’t everyone I know listening to this kind of way. The veteran Raleigh-based band piloted by brothers Daniel and Danny Chavis sports a singular, soul-inflected twist on the classic shoegaze template that deserves a spot among any pedalboard-discerning listener’s record collection, and on stage is where they really take flight. I vowed to catch them any time they came back through town, which included a recent Saturday night at O’Brien’s. Working sans-drummer as a trio (and sometimes quartet) this time around, the band was no less arresting (or earsplitting).

Joining them on the road were spiky Brooklyn trio Dead Leaf Echo, who put a goth-y spin on their driving noise-pop, and fellow New Yorkers Iceblynk, who, as you might imagine, channeled some pleasingly Cocteau Twinsian dreaminess. Locals The Spearmint Sea opened things up with a propulsive set of post-punk-pop, capping off an excellent left-of-the-dial bill. Check out photos from all four sets below.