Melancholy and seductive, Veronica Falls' foggy indie-pop has become a quiet sensation. Born when former Royal We and Sexy Kids members Roxanne Clifford (guitar/vocals) and Patrick Doyle (drums) moved to London and met ex-Your Twenties guitarist James Hoare at a Comet Gain gig. To complete the line-up mutual friend Marion Herbain was recruited on bass, despite having no previous musical experience. 'Patrick has never played drums before this band', notes Roxanne, 'so this means we keep things simple and don’t needlessly over-complicate our songs, which is a positive thing in our book'.
'I think we all share a love of artists who sound like they're still trying to find their definitive sound, still learning to play together even' adds Patrick. 'I think we can empathise with them because we're at a similar stage at the minute'.
Comparisons can be drawn to the current wave of C86 revivalists, but Veronica Falls have more in common with the Velvet Underground, '60s girl groups and Beat Happening. Debut single 'Found Love In A Graveyard' (Captured Tracks USA, Trouble Records UK), recalls the mood of The Chills' masterpiece 'Pink Frost', a darkly romantic ode haunted by lost love, while their cover of Roky Erikson's 'Starry Eyes' provides further indication of where they're coming from. 'I like lyrics that don’t make total sense and are a bit of a contradiction. Or a happy vocal melody on top of a dark guitar line,' says Roxanne.
This summer saw the band release their second 45" and first for London label No Pain In Pop, 'Beachy Head' (not a Throbbing Gristle cover), head out on tour with Teenage Fanclub, playing the Indietracks Festival, A UK tour with Cloud Nothings and play their first European shows.