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Veil of Ashes

Alternative Rock
San Francisco, California, USA

Veil of Ashes was an alternative band influenced by The Doors and Gene Loves Jezebel. They were a local favorite in the San Francisco bay area. After releasing a pair of demos (both produced by Nelson DiMarco of The Hounds of Heaven), they signed to Graceland Records to release their full-length debut Pain. The band also released a video for the lead single from the album, their cover of Bob Dylan's “The Times They are a Changin’.” Pain was intended to be the first part of a trilogy, the following albums to be called Passion and Promise. However, the label folded before those albums were recorded.

The band continued, recording a demo ep and releasing their first two demos as a compilation on Blonde Vinyl Records called The Young and Reckless: The Regression of Veil of Ashes. After the Blonde Vinyl release, the band changed members and shortened the band name to Veil. They signed with Eden Records and released the full-length Mr. Sunshine.

In 1994, the band recorded three demos that they shopped around to labels. When this was not successful, they called it a day. Those songs were not released until 2013, when the band got together to release a compilation album. This album (Eternal Teenage Angst) contained demos, live songs, and one newly recorded cover of “Touch” by Dead Artist Syndrome.

Sean Doty also released a solo album under the band name of Unveiled called Youth Music, as well as producing demos for bands such as Society. Sterling has been a part of many bands as well, including They.

Discography

1987 Veil of Ashes Prayers for the World Realty Records
1987 Veil of Ashes Nëgro Realty Records
1989 Veil of Ashes Pain Graceland Records
1991 Veil of Ashes Veil of Ashes ep Realty Records
1992 Veil of Ashes The Young and Reckless: The Regression of Veil of Ashes Blonde Vinyl Records
1992 Veil Mr. Sunshine Eden Records
1994 Veil Demos
2013 Veil of Ashes Eternal Teenage Angst

Prayers for the World

1987 Realty Records

Sean Doty – Poet, guitar
Sterling – Bass
Phil Meads – Drums

Chuck Harris – Engineer

Produced by Nelson DiMarco

  1. I.C.U. (2:44)
  2. Only Love (3:16)
  3. Falling (3:56)
  4. I Know (3:27)

Nëgro

1987 Realty Records (TP0002 1987)

Sean Doty – Guitar, poet, voice, piano
Sterling – Bass
Phil Meads – Drums, percussion

Nelson DiMarco – Keyboards

Produced by Nelson DeMarco and VOA

  1. Tears on the Red (3:40)
  2. Hide Me (4:23)
  3. Liturgy (5:41)
  4. Let Me Die (3:20)
  5. Without Eyes (3:21)
  6. Blood & Fire (3:29)
  7. Only Love (3:55)
  8. Apology (3:19)

Pain

1989 Graceland Records (CD09074)

Sean Doty – Vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica, poet
Lance Harris – Keyboards, Hammond B-3, piano, lead electric & acoustic guitars
Sterling – Bass
Phil Meads – Drums

Gene Eugene – Piano on “Come Unto Me”
Derri Daugherty – Backing vocals on “Time Changes”
Steve Hindalong – Backing vocals on “Time Changes”
Joseph Linn – Percussion

Produced by Gene Eugene

  1. The Times They are a Changin’ (3:53)
  2. And They Call It Love (3:50)
  3. Without Eyes (3:22)
  4. Corpse (4:36)
  5. Suicide (3:27)
  6. She (3:27)
  7. Take My Hand (4:05)
  8. Testimony (5:09)
  9. The Cross Was His Own (3:31)
  10. Hide Me (4:23)
  11. Come Unto Me (5:21)

Veil of Ashes ep

1991 Realty Records

Sean Doty – Vocals, guitars
Lance Harris – Guitars
Sterling – Bass
Phil Meads – Drums. percussion

Version 1
  1. 01) Marilyn’s Right to Twinkle
  2. 02) I Hope I Left You Smiling
  3. 03) Bed of Roses
Version 2
  1. I Hope I Left You Smiling
  2. 20 Loves (One With a Promise)
  3. Pimps and Preachers
  4. Stygian Shore
  5. Bed of Roses
  6. Stygian Shore (unplugged)

The Young And Reckless: The Regression of Veil of Ashes

1992 Blonde Vinyl Records (BVCD3372)

Sean Doty – Vocals, guitars
Sterling – Bass
Phil Meads – Drums, percussion

Lance Harris – Guitars on “Passion Play”
Nelson DiMarco – keyboards

Produced by Veil of Ashes, Nelson Di Marco, Shona Davidson, and John Dlugosh

  1. Passion Play (4:34)
  2. I.C.U. (2:37) (originally on Prayers for the World)
  3. Tears on the Red) (originally on Nëgro)
  4. Falling (3:14) (originally on Prayers for the World)
  5. Liturgy (5:37) (originally on Nëgro)
  6. Let Me Die (3:17) (originally on Nëgro)
  7. Blood & Fire (3:22) (originally on Nëgro)
  8. Only Love (3:52) (originally on Nëgro)
  9. I Know (3:22) (originally on Prayers for the World)
  10. Apology (3:16) (originally on Nëgro)

Mr. Sunshine

1992 Eden Records (FLD9791)

Sean Doty – Vocals, guitars
Brendan Merithew – Guitars, vocals
Rich Medina – Keyboards
Sterling – Bass, vocals
Mike Jackson – Drums, vocals

Masaki Lui – Violin
Scott Anderson – Additional guitars on tracks 3, 8, 11, 12, and 13
Jeremy Hawley – Drums on track 13

Produced by Veil and Masaki Lui

  1. Marilyn’s Right to Twinkle (3:02)
  2. Good Times (3:38)
  3. The Hunger (4:35)
  4. Mr. Sunshine (4:12)
  5. A Cry For Help (5:06)
  6. Pimps and Preachers (3:55)
  7. 20 Loves (One With Promise) (4:13)
  8. This Love (2:27)
  9. Norwegian Wood (3:44)
  10. Queen for a Day (5:08)
  11. Bed of Roses (3:14)
  12. Stygian Shore (4:24)
  13. I Hope I Left You Smiling (3:21)
  14. Three Years Old (6:42)

Demos

1994 Independent

Sean Doty – Vocals, guitars
Brendan Merithew – Guitars, vocals
Rich Medina – Keyboards
Sterling – Bass, background vocals, vocals on “Seraphim Twist”
Mike Jackson – Drums, vocals

  1. Angel Falls (5:37)
  2. Demon Box (5:16)
  3. Seraphim Twist (3:44)

Eternal Teenage Angst

2013 Independent (2013)

  1. Reach (3:47)
  2. Angel Falls (5:37)
  3. Demon Box (5:16)
  4. Seraphim Twist (3:44)
  5. Marylin’s Right to Twinkle (1991 demo) (3:02)
  6. The Hunger (1991 demo) (4:31)
  7. I Hope I Left You Smiling (1991 demo) (3:10)
  8. 20 Loves (1991 demo) (3:57)
  9. Pimps and Preachers (1991 demo) (4:06)
  10. Stygian Shore (regular version) (1991 demo) (4:10)
  11. Bed of Roses (1991 demo) (3:05)
  12. Stygian Shore (acoustic version) (1991 demo) (4:25)
  13. My Town (live 1988) (3:07)
  14. Sleep (live 1988) (4:32)
  15. Without Eyes (live 1988) (3:57)
  16. Let Me Die (live 1988) (3:33)
  17. Come Unto Me (live 1988) (4:17)

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