Album Review: Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something To Happen

Veronica-Falls “Waiting for Something to Happen is indeed a record truly worthy of the description very simple title of ‘near-perfect three-minute indie pop…”

Veronica Falls  |  Waiting For Something To Happen

Serving their time in bands such as Sexy Kids and Your Twenties, the four members that make up Veronica Falls came together in 2009 before putting out what many see as their signature tune, the ‘Found Love in the Graveyard’ single, early the following year. I guess one could call it their ‘This Charming Man’, the tune many recognise them by, yet isn’t necessarily their best song. Their sound is a rather tight, assured take on ’60s girls-in-the-garage, late ’70s new wave, The Smiths, C86, The Pastels and Camera Obscura. They have been described as “romantic goths”, but this is mainly due to their on occasion penchant for lyrics about graveyards and suicide landmarks. Their music is, in the main, upbeat and pop in structure.

No doubt the band will be hoping with Waiting for Something to Happen to build on the success of their self-titled debut of 2011, which gained consistently positive reviews from almost everyone. Despite the decent amount of stuff of similar ilk coming at us, their debut displayed a certain cut-above quality, tightness, astuteness, with some impressive harmonization on the vocals. The group then have a lot to live up to with its follow-up.

The understated jolliness of ‘Tell Me’ gets the record off to a nice start, gently shaking off the dust before recent single ‘Teenage’ continues things in typically Johnny Marr-esque jingle-and-a-jangle style, to the point where you half expect a young Morrissey to come in on backing vocals. Instead it’s those already touched on boy-girl, perfectly juxtaposed harmonies. The main difference being with that while Morrissey and the Smiths possessed sad, desperate lyrics about ‘never finding the one I want and is it all worth it?’ etc, Veronica Falls see more positivity: ‘Driving home at night / I’ll let you listen to the music you like / then I’ll drop you home  / everything is alright’. Ahh… lovely. Things get almost up-country during the bouncy, sparkling ‘Broken Toy’: ‘Cause you’re a broken toy it’s true / but I am broken too’. So far so hopelessly romantic, with this one surely a single in waiting.

Daylight turns into dusk for ‘If You Still Want Me’, a track more angular, with lyrics approaching doubt: ‘Turn your head against the wall / cause you’re never far away from the nearest fall’. It isn’t that far off something off of the Diiv album; a shimmering, broodingly atmospheric track. It’s a beautiful sound that is frustratingly only hinted at elsewhere. Interesting too that they include last year’s single, the punchy and confident ‘My Heart Beats’, the first sign that the LP was going to be one worth looking forward to.  Elsewhere, ‘Everybody’s Changing’ keeps things on an upward curve, a lovely and uncomplicated piece of music as if lifted from a manual itself. That Veronica Falls pull it off so smoothly says a lot for the band, with Roxanne Clifford’s voice here sounding particularly good.

Don’t expect any surprises bar a selection of uppermost enjoyable tunes, no sudden dubstep change in direction or such like. The tunes are all just about brief enough (all but four of the record’s fourteen tracks come in under three minutes), with enough hooks and whistleability thrown in for the measure of goodness. Waiting for Something to Happen is indeed a record truly worthy of the description very simple title of ‘near-perfect three-minute indie pop’.



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