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On The Verge: Veronica Falls

posted January 22, 2013, 11:16 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News, On The Verge, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

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You may have had them tagged as goth-tinged pop fantasists, but with their much anticipated sophomore album Waiting For Something To HappenVeronica Falls easily shrug off any notions of a difficult second album to create something that is easily more polished, more affecting, and more enduring than their peers would dream of making, and stake their claim as one of the most gloriously unpredictable and invaluable bands on the scene right now. They have a new record on the way, and here is their new single “Buried Alive”. You can also see their video “Teenage” here also. Tour dates listed below.

Recorded with Rory Attwell (Male Bonding, The Vaccines), Waiting For Something To Happen is a bold and deliciously assured leap forward which sees the quartet of Roxanne Clifford, Patrick Doyle, James Hoare and Marion Herbain easily throw off the tongue in cheek references to ghostly romances and suicides to elegantly distill the essence of an aimless twenty-something existence – the collective anxieties, tensions and confusion of moving from adolescence into fully fledged adulthood – into a set of immaculately conceived and perfectly wrought pop songs.

Indeed, the emotional throughline, from the title down, is one of slowly coming to terms with the process of growing up and eventually learning to face adult responsibility, of leaving behind the safe haven of “driving late at night, I’ll let you listen to the music you like” (as they sing on the dreamy, dewy-eyed “Teenage”), and then searching for a “shooting star to point me in the right direction” (“Shooting Star”). Far from retreading the playful atmosphere of the debut, the band here mine a much more rich, emotionally resonant vein, be it weariness with dead end social scenes (“So Tired”), or the fear of your peers leaving you behind before you’re ready (“Everybody’s Changing”).

Musically too, this album sees the band evolve into a more poised and confident pop entity, the melodies bolder and songs more muscular, as epitomized on spellbinding album opener (and first single) “Tell Me”. So there are deliciously askew pop belters in the form of “Buried Alive” and “Everybody’s Changing”, but there are also achingly tender moments present too, from the touching love song “Broken Toy” (“I am broken too, a broken toy like you”), to the gentle reverie “Daniel”, which strips the track to its barest essentials – shimmering guitar lines and perfectly harmonized vocals sighing, “nobody needs to know what we know, nobody needs to go where we go” to perfectly heart rending effect. With this superb second album it is clear Veronica Falls are only going from strength to strength – embrace them now.

“You know, it’s really weird”, opines Veronica Falls’ honey-throated singer/ guitarist/ lynchpin Roxanne Clifford when asked about their media-conceived “goth pop” tag. “Because when you start a band, and you start writing songs together, you never think anybody else is going to hear them. You’re just kind of writing it for yourselves. Songs like “Found Love in a Graveyard” and “Beachy Head”, we thought they were playful and not serious at all…”

Veronica Falls are used to wrongfooting easy assumptions. Initially grouped with the explosion of lo-fi bands associated with the Captured Tracks scene in Brooklyn, the quartet of Clifford, drummer Patrick Doyle, fellow guitarist James Hoare and bassist Marion Herbain quietly released a series of limited edition, quickly sold out singles which gradually accrued them underground buzz and a cache of hopelessly devoted fans. Then they signed to Bella Union – one of the UK’s leading lights when it comes to independent labels – and released a blinder of a debut LP in 2011, one which trumped all expectations and rocketed the band to the covers of The Fly and Loud and Quiet and sold out gigs at the Scala. Casual listeners who just assumed that they just made pretty, pristine pop songs were forced to reevaluate their preconceptions when they examined the lyrics more closely – lurking beneath the glacial surfaces were lyrics about suicide and spectral love. Now, with their sophomore album, Veronica Falls look set to pull out the rug from under people’s feet yet again.

“Waiting For Something to Happen” sees the band emerge as one of the most potent and affecting, fully-formed indie guitar pop acts we have around. Beautifully mature and poignant, this marvellously assured second record sees the band throw off the casually morbid references to elegantly distill the essence of an aimless twentysomething existence – the collective anxieties, tension and confusion of moving from adolescence into fully fledged adulthood – into a set of immaculately conceived, perfectly wrought pop songs.

“I’d say the word “wistful” really describes the mood of the album”, Clifford muses. “We chose the album title because to me it captures what people our age are all going through”. Indeed, the emotional throughline, from the title down, is one of slowly coming to terms with the process of growing up and eventually learning to face adult responsibility, of leaving behind the safe haven of “driving late at night, I’ll let you listen to the music you like…everything’s alright” (as they sing on the dreamy, dewy-eyed “Teenage”), and then searching for a “shooting star to point me in the right direction” (“Shooting Star”). Far from retreading the playful atmosphere of the debut, the band here mine a much more rich, emotionally resonant vein, be it weariness with dead end social scenes (“So Tired”), or the fear of your peers moving on with their lives before you’re ready (“Everybody’s Changing”).

Musically too, this album sees the band evolve into a more poised and confident pop entity, the melodies bolder and songs more muscular. Recorded with Rory Attwell (who has worked with everyone from The Vaccines to Male Bonding), these are tracks which spin gorgeous, sun-kissed melodies across their tales of growing pains and romantic dysfunction. So there are deliciously askew pop belters in the form of “Buried Alive” and “Everybody’s Changing”, but there are also achingly tender moments present too, from the touching love song “Broken Toy” (“I am broken too, a broken toy like you”), to the gentle reverie “Daniel”, which strips the track to its barest essentials – shimmering guitar lines and perfectly harmonised vocals sighing, “nobody needs to know what we know, nobody needs to go where we go” to perfectly heart rending effect.

You may have had them tagged as goth-tinged pop fantasists, but with “Waiting For Something to Happen”, Veronica Falls easily shrug off any notions of a difficult second album to create something that is easily more polished, more affecting, and more enduring than their peers would dream of making, and stake their claim as one of the most gloriously unpredictable and invaluable bands the UK has right now. Clutch them close to your heart.

“There’s a clarity of texture– a specificity even– to every element of the band’s sound. Which makes it something of an anomaly: shoegaze that looks you square in the eye.” Pitchfork

“Veronica Falls’ long-awaited, self-titled debut flaunts an array of both dark and bright indie rock sounds, a glossy exterior coating something a little more mysterious and spooky. It’s impressive.” Stereogum

“With this amazing debut, Veronica Falls has created something timeless and eerily familiar, yet fresh and exciting at the same time. Don’t waste too much time drawing comparisons with the past; the music sounds best with a fresh set of ears.” KEXP

“This is not the kind of band where the drummer learned how to play last week – underlining hooky melodies with jagged, angsty stabs. But mostly it’s hard to say what puts Veronica Falls over the top in a genre where so many fall flat. Enthusiasm? Personality? Songs? Probably all of that, as well as the indefinable quality that makes old genres come alive again.” Blurt

“The London quartet’s harmony-laden, jangly guitar pop is the kind of sound proven time and time again to send the average blogger heart a-flutter. Veronica Falls are poised to become the Next Big Thing.” Consequence of Sound

Waiting For Something To Happen Tracklisting

1. Tell Me
2. Teenage
3. Broken Toy
4. Shooting Star
5. Waiting For Something to Happen
6. If You Still Want Me
7. My Heart Beats
8. Everybody’s Changing
9. Buried Alive
10. Falling Out
11. So Tired
12. Daniel
13. Last Conversation

 

Tour Dates

3/6 – Black Cat, Washington DC *
3/7 – Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, PA *
3/8 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY *
3/9 – Great Scott, Boston, MA *
3/10 – Divan Orange, Montreal *
3/12 – The Garrison, Toronto, ON *
3/13 – Beachland Tavern, Cleaveland, OH +
3/14 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL +
3/15 – High Noon, Madison, WI +
3/16 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN +
3/18 – Hi-Dive, Denver, CO
3/21 – Tractor, Seattle, WA ^
3/22 – Media Club, Vancouver, BC #
3/23 – Doug Fir, Portland, OR ^
3/26 – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA^
3/29 – Echo, Los Angeles, CA ^
3/30 – Casbah, San Diego, CA ^

* w/ Cold Showers & Cheatahs
+ w/ Cold Showers
^ w/ Brilliant Colors & Golden Grrrls
# w/ Brilliant Colors

 

 

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