01 Twist 04:03
02 Hoax 03:08
03 The Rain 03:55
04 Love in a dying world 04:02
05 Sway 03:53
06 Pale Hose 02:41
07 Closet Floor 04;55
08 Thy Will 03:52
09 Manikin 03:28
10 Surrender 05:53
11 Manikin - 12" Extended
12 Manikin - 12 " Short Version 02:38
13 Dreams Endowed - 12" Single 02:37
14 Panic - 12" Single 03:33
15 Heavy Heart - 12" Single 03:17
16 Watching (The Nite World Work) - 12" Single
17 Is this Sin - 12" Single 04:26
18 Twist - 7" Single 03:31
19 Sway - 7" Single 03:49
The Veil was born from the ashes of San Francisco
band, Beast, who released three 7” singles
and one 12” single. Beast dissolved at the
end of 1983 following their last UK tour at which
time Andrella Canne (vocals) and James Christ (bass)
elected to remain in the UK where they felt the
climate was right for what they wanted to do next
Andrew DaKeyne (guitar) and John Kingham (drums)
were local Brits who completed the original lineup
of The Veil. This lineup recorded the initial demos
that quickly secured the group a record deal with
Stoke-On-Trent’s Clay Records.
The first single, “Manikin”, was
released as a 12” in 1984 on Clay Records
in the UK. It was recorded at Blackwing Studios,
which was in an old church and suited the music
perfectly. John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget,
Cocteau Twins) engineered and produced the single
with label owner, Mike Stone, assisting.
The record was greeted with immediate critical
success and garnered repeat airplays on John Peel’s
BBC radio show. The striking cover sleeve was a
Mannequin that belonged to Andrella and was created
by Bryan Gregory, original guitarist for The Cramps.
(The mannequin’s name was Jupiter, and her
photograph was taken by Barbara Trevino in Los Angeles.)
Following the release of the first single,
London drummer, Marcus de Mowbray joined The Veil
on drums and remained the rock steady heartbeat
of the group for all future recordings and live
Due to contractual obligations a handful of
the earliest live shows that The Veil played in
the UK and Paris were actually billed as Beast.
In 1985 the band began recording the album,
“Surrender”, also released on Clay Records.
Recorded again at Blackwing Studios but this time
with John Brand producing (The Waterboys, Big Country,
The Cult, Go Betweens, Aztec Camera, Gene Loves
Jezebel) and with John Fryer as engineer.
“Surrender” was greeted with enough
critical and commercial success that Clay Records
decided to pull a track from the album to issue
as a single. The track “Twist” was chosen
and remixed by Mike Stone at Strawberry Studios
with the album track “Sway” on the B-side.
There was also a promo video shot that aired throughout
The single was immediately picked up by Radio
Caroline and put into heavy rotation garnering many
multiple plays per day, a rarity on UK radio in
the 1980s. This caught the attention of the BBC
who again played the band on The John Peel Show.
The whole of the summer of 1985 found The Veil
behind the Iron Curtain performing at a summer resort
in Rovinj, Yugoslavia. Groups of music lovers from
all over Europe would come to the resort to soak
up the sun and listen to music.
Every week new fans arrived at the club which
in essence made the residency equivalent to touring
without actually being on the road. By the end of
the summer The Veil had played well over 100 shows
consecutively to many tens of thousands of fans
from all over Europe. This was an amazing once in
a lifetime experience for the members of the band.
Upon returning to the UK the band discovered
that although their new album was garnering radio
airplay and sales, Clay Records was in a state of
serious financial instability. Seeing no way to
repair the damage The Veil broke off relations with
the label towards the end of 1985.
The group followed up the Clay releases with
the self-produced three song “Heavy Heart”
EP which was recorded at RMS Studios in London.
The EP was released through their own Amdusias International
Records (which also issued the early Beast singles)
In addition to the title track, the EP also
featured the songs, “Watching (The Nite World
Work)” and “Is This Sin?”. The
cover artwork was drawn by Luton artist, Sharon
Foley, based on a concept by Andrella and James.
Radio Caroline once again aired the new single
as well as BBC broadcaster, Janice Long on Radio
1. This led to a BBC session, which was recorded
at the famous BBC Maida Vale studios. The session
featured the songs, “ Twist”, “Heavy
Heart”, “Sway” and a brand new
However, trouble was brewing for the group
in the form of the UK Home Office in Croydon. It
was becoming increasingly difficult for the two
Americans to maintain a working residency in the
Through the work of solicitors, promoters and
managers the two Americans in the group had been
granted permission to live and work in the UK over
the years. However toward the end of 1987 it became
apparent that the Home Office would not be issuing
any further work permit extensions. The two Americans
were told they would have to leave the UK for at
least 6 months before they could again apply for
Faced with the realities and logistics of a
Trans-Atlantic band partnership The Veil decided
to call it a day, leaving behind a well regarded
recorded legacy along with many live performances
in the UK and the continent.
James Christopher & Andrella Canne returned
to the USA where they re-joined forces with Bryan
Gregory from the Cramps and recorded and played
as The Dials.
Andy Dakeyne joined moody instrumentalists The Workhouse
where he achieved success in the UK.
Marcus de Mowbray (always the clever one) started
manufacturing his own line of percussion instruments,
which he continues to do to this day.