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Kevin Tecon of Veil Veil Vanish

SF’s Children of Darkness

After performing behind its debut EP Into A New Mausoleum for more than a year and a half, Veil Veil Vanish is preparing for a self-imposed sabbatical from the stage to hone several new songs that will be recorded for an LP. But first, the San Francisco-based quartet performs a handful of Bay Area shows, including a headlining spot at a special Halloween-themed Popscene gig on October 30th. The show also serves as a record release party for The Cure -- one of the band’s most apparent influences. Singer/guitarist Kevin Tecon spoke with SF Station during a phone interview.

SF Station (SFS): Did everyone have the same musical vision for Veil Veil Vanish when it was created in 2006?

Kevin Tecon (KT): Yes, to a certain extent. We have different ideas about the way we want the music to sound but that’s what makes it interesting. If everyone had the exact same mindset and there wasn’t any push and pull creatively, I don’t think it would be as interesting. What is interesting to me is coming up with ideas and having people add things that I never would have thought of. If somebody doesn’t like something at first, sometimes it’s a little frustrating, but in the end it makes the song better.

SFS: How influential was The Cure on your music?

KT: They are definitely influential and they are one of the bands that we are referenced to sometimes. What I like to take from them and a lot of the bands from that time is the darker sensibility of music. Lyrically and sonically, that type of music kind of envelops you in a different world. I’ve always enjoyed listening to it because I feel like it takes me to another place.

SFS: Do you like to create lyrics that take you to another place or are they based more on personal experiences?

TK: It depends. Sometimes I feel like a song that tells one particular story is outdated, especially when you consider how things move so fast now -- the speed of information, downloaded music and the way peoples’ taste changes. Sometimes I like to have a sort of stream of consciousness with my lyrics. If you sit and think, your mind is going race from a lot of different ideas and it might be more than one subject within the same mental framework. One song might be about a few different things, but they all come together to create one idea in one general mindset.

SFS: What have you learned since your EP was release in March 2007?

KT: We performed and toured a lot and I think that made us a lot better as a band. It gave us a chance to see what it’s like to interact with the crowd and see what we are capable of. I think that has made a really big difference in our writing. It has been awhile since the EP came out and we have a lot of new songs. We plan to record in January and it’s going to sound different than our EP.

SFS: How so?

KT: The songs are more uptempo. They still have that dark quality, but I think they are more exciting. When we play live, they still have an atmospheric feel but there is a lot of intensity.

I also think we have stepped away from some of our influences with the new songs and we are creating our own niche. It’s something that all bands have to do. Even legendary bands, in the beginning, they were compared to other bands before they created their own space. That is what we are trying to do now. It is a long process, but that is what we are shooting for.

Veil Veil Vanish perform at Popscene on October 30th. The show starts at 9:30pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.