The Name +

Cerulean (/səˈruːliən/) is a dark sky blue. It is derived from the Latin word caeruleus, meaning “dark blue,” which in turn is derived from caerulum, the diminutive of caelum, meaning “sky” or “heaven.”

It is said that Cerulean Veins manifests itself under the skin.

The Project +

Cerulean Veins is a music and art project formed in 2013 by husband-and-wife duo Dustin Frelich and Amanda Toombs. The San Diego, California-based project has released three full-length albums and 17 singles.

Current and previous collaborators of Cerulean Veins include:

Matt Yansch (Drums)
Paul Welch (Guitar)
Bob Patrowicz (Drums)

Press +

“I have a weakness for certain flavors of dark wave, and San Diego’s superb CV gets it right on all levels. They traffic in dark sonics, kickass melodies, stirring vocals, and cool, haunted lyrics, and wrap it all in a bow for those who dig the chillier side of post-punk. The opening “Fell in Love” is catchy as hell with terrific sing-along choruses. “Hello, Darkness” channels Ian Curtis, while “Boo” and “Ghost Memory” hover closer to Chameleons territory. These are only signposts to let you know what to expect: a terrific example of modern post-punk that is one of the best albums you’ll hear this year. All the songs rule, and you can’t go wrong. (”

– Big Takeover #86, 40th anniversary issue, Spring 2020

“We return to California and this time to San Diego. And judging by THE WRAITH which we talked about a few months ago, the old-school post punk sound breaks in those places. CERULEAN VEINS are now on their third album and their sound has crystallized. Many JOY DIVISION reports (logical), the modern prism of SHE WANTS REVENGE that break on the west bank, a little darkness of THE SOUND and the rhythm of KILLING JOKE. Excellent production and very nice refrains. “Blue” reached my hands in a very good timing, that is, the days when I FELL with THEN COMES SILENCE, so I would say that I had made a personal, sonic concept with these two bands. Despite the strange name, CERULEAN VEINS have a very attractive sound and have all the qualifications – why not? – to climb with them.”

– George Kois (, BEYOND THE PALE VOL. 29, Google Translation from Greek)

“Cerulean Veins brings me my forever fresh recollections of bands like Joy Division, Bauhaus, New Order, The Chameleons, Siouxsie and the Banshees, or even The Cure, Depeche Mode and Ultravox. Such a consistent revival. Are Cerulean Veins the new new wavers of our generation? […] Cerulean Veins sound old and young without these two ever crashing. Their industrial new wave music with Dustin pulling vocals that feel like a mix between a deep-throated Peter Murphy and a lighter Mark Burgess is timeless. The whole album reads like a story. The more you listen to its lyrics, flowing through its rhythm, the deeper you enter a new door of perception.”

– HeatWave (, May 2016)

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Contact +


Dustin Frelich
Amanda Toombs

Video +

Albums +

Blue, Unplugged (August 20, 2020)
Blue (January 10, 2020)
Ado (November 11, 2017)
Self-Entitled (March 23, 2016)

Singles +

Boo (December 10, 2019)
Stoplove (July 19, 2016)
Zelda (December 17, 2015)
Just Want (November 24, 2015)
Laugh with the Lonely (October 20, 2015)
Hex Me (August 25, 2015)
Love Like You Will (June 30, 2015)
Kiss Me, Kill Me (May 14, 2015)
Human (March 10, 2015)
The Moment (January 27, 2015)
Be Still (December 9, 2014)
Girls Will Dance (October 2, 2014)
In Your Love (July 15, 2014)
Stranger (April 14, 2014)
Last Words (January 13, 2014)
Echo (November 17, 2013)
Black and White (September 7, 2013)