Veronica Falls To Play Noise Pop Festival

The very best type of pop music is the kind that mixes sweetness and light with dissonance and darkness, the sort which injects a perfectly addictive harmony with something sadder, stranger. Think of the gloomy melodrama of “Tell Laura I Love Her”, which kickstarted the “teenage tragedy song” craze in the 60’s, the bleak farewell of “Seasons In the Sun” in the 70’s, even The Smiths’ “Girlfriend in a Coma” in the 80’s – all meltingly beautiful melodies with something considerably darker lurking at its heart; the black cloud on a summer’s day, the bruise on a perfect face. It is a long and storied lineage, and one which London four-piece Veronica Falls are quite happy fitting into. “We love bands like Beat Happening, Velvet Underground, Galaxie 500 and Felt, but we also love over-emotionalism”, says drummer Patrick Doyle. “We all originally bonded over the sinister sides to love songs from the 50’s and 60’s.”

Welcome to the slanted and enchanted world of Veronica Falls , where serendipity, subversion, providence, and a shared love for Roky Erickson’s worldview all have a crucial part to play. Initially forming two years ago when Doyle and Roxanne Clifford (guitars, vocals) moved to London from Glasgow and met James Hoare (also on guitars and vocals) through mutual friends, later recruiting bassist Marion Herbain. The band quickly worked up a set of songs and released their first single on Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks. The single in question, “Found Love In a Graveyard”, is a singalong slice of deliciously morbid pop, the breezy harmonies and chant-along choruses slyly belying the off-kilter undercurrent of falling in love with a ghost, and neatly set the tone for what was to follow – instantly addictive pop songs streaked with shades of grey. Subsequent singles on taste-making labels such as No Pain in Pop and Trouble Records, plus a series of live shows through Europe and the US (including a fondly remembered SXSW stint this year), cemented their arrival on the music scene.

With their debut album, Veronica Falls have crafted a brilliantly concise, superbly concentrated hit of spiky, marvelously contagious indie pop with a twist – these are songs which will lodge themselves in your head as well as your heart, with style and attitude to burn. Not that the band are content to rest on their laurels – they’re already starting work on a second album, which they say has them more excited than anything else right now. If it is anything like this album, we have a lot of reason to get excited as well.

US 2012 Tour Dates

02/08 – Black Cat – Washington, DC ^
02/09 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY ^
02/10 – Voyeur Nightclub – Philadelphia, PA
02/11 – Radio – Somerville, MA ^
02/13 – Belmont – Montreal, QC ^
02/14 – The Garrison – Toronto, Canada ^
02/16 – The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL ^
02/17 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN *
02/20 – The Media Club – Vancouver, BC *
02/21 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA *
02/21 – 02/26 – Noise Pop Festival – San Francisco, CA
02/22 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR *
02/24 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA * ^
02/25 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA *
02/27 – Casbah – San Diego, CA *

^with Brilliant Colors
*with Bleached

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