photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis
Veronica Falls @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The last time Veronica Falls were in town, singer Roxanne Clifford was under-the-weather, making for somewhat subdued performances. Thursday (2/9), though, the band were in fine health and form, the best I've seen since Popfest 2010. (Best-sounding too.) Clifford and James Hoare attacked their guitars in a furious jangle -- The Wedding Present by way of New Zealand -- when not producing minor key harmonies, while the rhythm section of drummer Patrick Doyle and bassist Marion Herbain kept the pedal to the medal. There's nothing twee about this sound, loud and fierce, assured and pretty. In addition to most of their debut album -- plus their awesome cover of Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes" -- we got four new songs, including the Primitives-esque "My Heart Beats" which was the real standout.
Veronica Falls' tour and labelmates Brilliant Colors also played, bashing out scratchy C-86 style indiepop and were fun despite equipment problems. I missed local openers Grooms, as I was seeing Cate Le Bon at Mercury Lounge (sorry guys) but photographer Amanda Hatfield was there for the whole night and you can click through for lots of pics from all three bands.
Veronica Falls tour with Brilliant Colors continues, with Bleached joining as well starting in Minneapolis on 2/17. All tour dates at the bottom of the pictures...
Veronica Falls - 2012 Tour Dates
02/13 - Belmont - Montreal, Canada
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, Canada*
02/21 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA*
02/22 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR*
02/25 - Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, CA*
02/27 - Casbah - San Diego, CA*