Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, Wed 10 Nov 2010
‘We’re Veronica Falls, we’re from … London,’ imparts drummer Patrick Doyle, his sentence split by a pensive pause. ‘No you’re not,’ retorts a witty voice from the gloom. This shambling boy-girl quartet may be based in the Big Smoke, but Glasgow is laying claim to them.
You may recognise members of Veronica Falls from a plethora of short-lived outfits from these parts, The Royal We, Sexy Kids, Correcto, Your Twenties and Dot to Dot included, such is their habit for experimenting with bands like most people do hairstyles. NME’s legendary C86 tape – by now so over-spooled it must have needed winding with a biro – has been plundered again in search of their ramshackle indie-pop sound.
The scratchy rumble of ‘Beachy Head’ and ‘Found Love in a Graveyard’ drew a line back to the Shop Assistants and The Pastels. Their lack of technical proficiency – Doyle’s drumming was resolutely one beat, while bassist Marion Herbain has only learned to play since joining – kept things charmingly simple, but rather hamstrung the set’s dynamics. It seems doubtful that Veronica Falls will be the band that sticks for these four indie journeymen/women, but it’ll be fun enough while it lasts.