Led by Finn Andrews, international alt-rock act The Veils has the grandiosity of a U2 at times, and a stunning intimacy at others, which creates a confusing balance. The band’s newest record, April’s “Sun Gangs” (Rough Trade), bounces back and forth between large, orchestral rock numbers that could fill a stadium and quieter, more somber songs; you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking it was two different bands. That’s not to say the big and bawdy songs are completely dismissable—catchy and emotive “The Letter” works quite well, with Andrews moaning “goodbye” over and over at the end to a strange, chilling effect. The best track on the record is its opener, “Sit Down By the Fire,” which begins calmly with acoustic guitar and piano, until Andrews’ powerful voice enters confidently, with a sort of sad swagger. A nice moment which would’ve been nicer if it were surrounded by others just like it. (Tom Lynch)
The Veils plays July 23 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, (773)276-3600, at 9:30pm. $12.