Updated: April 24, 2021

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 Band +

California-based Cerulean Veins is a post-punk band formed by Dustin Frelich and Amanda Toombs in 2013. The band has released three full-length albums and 17 singles.

Cerulean Veins is:

Dustin Frelich (Vocals, Bass)
Amanda Toombs (Keyboards)
Paul Welch (Guitarist)
Matt Yansch (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. (ceruleanveins.com)”

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

“Α perfect mix of post punk, goth rock and indie that will find a way to your heart through its unique sense of melody and its decadent rock beauty. Joy Division and Sisters of Mercy meet She Wants Revenge. Dark excellence achieved once more. Gothic Crypt approves. Favorite track: Hello, Darkness.”

– Gothic Crypt (Bandcamp)

“Very strong and catchy album. If we really need an influence, we can hear some Interpol flavor.”

– I Goth You (Bandcamp)

“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 (Rockhard.gr, BEYOND THE PALE VOL. 29, Google Translation from Greek)

Interviews +

Absolution NYC

Images +


Tags +


Social +


Contact +


Dustin Frelich (Vocals, Bass)
Amanda Toombs (Keys)
Paul Welch (Guitar)
Matt Yansch (Drums)

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)