Maybe it was jet lag that led Cate le Bon and her band to end Thursday's show at Mercury Lounge at fifteen til nine, or maybe it was simply an oddity of the venue's booking. But when I'd ventured out to that show it was with reluctance that I would miss Veronica Falls with Brilliant Colors and Grooms, also playing that night across the East River at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
|Roxanne, Patrick & James|
Veronica Falls are cut from the same cloth as Brilliant Colors in that they also play fuzzed-out indie pop, but their music is far more catchy and varied. Their full length self-titled LP was released in September on Slumberland, but I knew very little about the band beyond the few seven-inches and some demos they'd released. I liked their cheeky lyrics and sunny sound and had assumed that they hailed from somewhere on the West Coast, but as it turns out, the four members of Veronica Falls are English. Roxanne Clifford's vocals harken back to obscure girl groups of the 50's and 60's, but she is backed by vocals from drummer Patrick Doyle and guitarist James Hoare instead of beehived jivers in sequined dresses. Marion Herbain on bass rounded out the group's energetic dynamic, though MHoW seemed less appropriate a venue for the band than a smaller, rougher space like Glasslands or even Shea Stadium or Death By Audio. Veronica Falls is the kind of band whose sound is simply better suited for the raw DIY spaces that abound in Brooklyn, which is not to say that their somewhat cutesy image is at all indicative of their sound. Elements of twee and shoegaze are certainly present, but the band is anything but shy. Their confidence pounds through every fierce beat, making them a fun band to watch on any stage.
Veronica Falls played some new jams as well as favorites “Beachy Head”, “Found Love In A Graveyard” and “Wedding Day” and closed with an excellent rendition of “Come On Over” before encoring with a cover of Roky Erikson's “Starry Eyes”. Video below.