Marc Okubo Says New Veil Of Maya Album Will Likely Be Released In Early 2021

During an appearance on MetalSucks‘ “Quarantine Cast,” Veil Of Maya guitarist Marc Okubo offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the effort will likely be released in early 2021.

Okubo is still working on material for the record, but he said that he is kind of suffering writer’s block:

“For me, not everyone’s like this, but for me I like to be out and about. I like to see live music and get inspired by that or get inspired by my relationships and my friends and stuff. Without having that, even without having that energy in the room while I’m trying to write, it makes it a lot harder to believe in what I’m doing.

And also not knowing when concerts are going to come back is also not the most motivating thing, especially for this kind of music, this is music that’s meant to be played live. I grew up going to hardcore shows, and you don’t play that kind of music to sit in you room and meditate. It’s an aggressive, social thing.”

He also had the following to say about the group’s progress with the album:

“I was working in a studio last year on the album, and we were able to record skeletons of maybe like, eight songs, so it was kind of an incomplete album. And then we were going to finish after the tour, or on the tour and after the tour, and all this [the coronavirus pandemic] happened. So now it’s just kind of disenchanting to listen to it ’cause it’s not finished and I’ve already heard it a lot.

I mean, I guess right now I want to start from scratch and write as many new songs as I can and maybe go back and finish the old ones and have a lot of material. I guess that’s where I’m at right now.”

Okubo also had the following to say about the musical direction:

“I am feeling that remaining a heavy band is the move and kind of going back to our roots is the vibe. I know that there’s still going to be people that don’t like singing obviously, and I’m aware of it, but at the same time, we make a lot of new fans.

So I kind of want to have a few songs that do kind of have that technical death metal vibe that we used to, but at the same time I’d like to mix that into the progressive world as well.

I don’t know if going full radio rock is the move for us, I don’t think our fans will believe that. I know that it would be beneficial in some ways… trying to find a middle ground between all of that is what I’m working on.

But I feel like heavy is the move and if it’s catchy enough for radio, whatever, but that shouldn’t be the main focus of our songwriting.”

He then added the following about release plans:

“Realistically it will be very early next year just based off of everything that’s happening. Hopefully I have it written by the end of next month or so, that’s the goal. I can’t even play video games or watch TV cause I always feel like I’m supposed to be working on the album. I don’t like being pressured [laughs], I like hanging out and having it come… like [these songs] usually write themselves, you know what I mean? So I’m just out, hanging out with people and I’m like ‘Ah! Idea!’ And then, there it is.”

Dance Gavin Dance Postpone Spring Tour With Animals As Leaders, Issues, Veil Of Maya, & Royal Coda

Dance Gavin Dance have postponed their tour with Animals As Leaders, Issues, Veil Of Maya, and Royal Coda due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“Due to extreme circumstances outside of our control we are very upset to announce that we are postponing our spring 2020 tour. We are currently working right now to reschedule all shows as soon as possible & will of course honor all tickets already sold. This was our most anticipated tour, ever, and we were so proud of our fans for coming through and selling out these shows, only to have it all go away. However, your safety is top priority and we must follow what is being recommended to ensure that. We will have new dates for you soon. We hope you enjoyed the release of “Strawberry’s Wake” today and can’t wait for you to hear the rest of the album soon. Much love to you all, from Will, Matt, Jon, Tim, Tilian and Andrew -Dance Gavin Dance”

Issues Added To Dance Gavin Dance, Animals As Leaders, Veil Of Maya, & Royal Coda Tour

Issues have been added to Dance Gavin Dance’s spring North American tour. As previously reported, that trek will also feature Animals As Leaders, Veil Of Maya, and Royal Coda.

Tour Dates:

03/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
03/13 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
03/14 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
03/16 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
03/18 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
03/19 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
03/20 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/21 New Orleans, LA – Buku Festival
03/23 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
03/24 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
03/26 Miami, FL – Fillmore @ Jackie Gleason Theater
03/27 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
03/29 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/31 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
04/02 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
04/03 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
04/04 Boston, MA – House of Blues
04/05 New York City, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
04/07 Toronto, ON – Rebel
04/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/09 Indianapolis, IN – The Egyptian Room
04/10 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
04/11 St Louis, MO – The Pageant
04/13 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
04/14 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
04/15 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
04/17 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
04/18 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
04/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
04/22 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
04/23 Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
04/25 Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo (Swanfest)

Veil Of Maya Are Back In The Studio

Veil Of Maya have re-entered the studio to continue the sessions for their new album. The band have been working on the effort with producer Taylor Larson.

[via The PRP]

Crown The Empire, Attila, Veil Of Maya, Etc. Set For 2019 “Rage Fest” Tour

Crown The Empire, Attila, Veil Of Maya, Gideon, Hawk, and Life Right Now will all be heading out the “Rage Fest” tour this summer. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

07/26 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
07/27 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco
07/29 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
07/30 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
08/01 Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater
08/02 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
08/03 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
08/04 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
08/06 Syracuse, NY – Westcott
08/07 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
08/09 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
08/10 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
08/11 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
08/13 Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2
08/14 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
08/16 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
08/17 Orlando, FL – Plaza
08/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
08/20 Destin, FL – Club LA
08/21 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
08/23 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
08/24 Tucson, AZ – Encore
08/25 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues