If you’re a fan of retro rock—particularly of the sixties Brit or surf varieties—you’re going to want to give Veronica Falls a listen. This London-based four-piece began making a name for themselves with their 2011 self-titled release, and their momentum continues with their sophomore effort Waiting For Something To Happen, which dropped this week in the UK, and will be available next week here in the states.
The cool thing about Veronica Falls is more about what isn’t there as opposed to what is. This is not your run-of-the-mill buzzy indie-pop with lots of reverb thrown in to make it sound retro. Instead, this band has a solid, back-to-basics approach: a strong drum/bass combo, jangly guitars, and interweaving boy/girl vocals singing hooky melodies about love, with a tinge of dark melancholy. The result is just no-frills, good music, filled with the stuff that made us love rock & roll in the first place.
Some people might listen to this stuff and think of it as a bit juvenile—twee, even. But in my view, there’s something about teen angst that will always be relevant. We’ve all felt the things these songs talk about, even if we aren’t there right now. If you’re like me, the music is what helped us get through it—and this music in particular helps us re-live the bittersweetness of those times.
Say what you want about retro—I love this band. Can’t wait to hear more of them.