Veronica Falls - The Castle Manchester

Sunday night in the Northern Quarter: end of the week, start of another. However, the blustery weather and chilly October breeze did not deter the revellers who packed themselves into the tiny back room of the Castle Pub. Veronica Falls were here in support of their excellent self-titled debut. The band (Roxanne on vocals and guitar, Patrick drums and vocals, Marion bass and James guitar and vocals) stepped shyly onto the tiny stage, plugged themselves in and without further ado launched into the snappy confection of 'The Box'. Suddenly, the packed room felt even smaller as the crowd moved close to the stage, drawn like bees to honey, enthralled by the glorious music coming at them. The band gave us their all, succinct in word perhaps, letting the tunes do the talking instead.

Mic stands may tumble, cymbals detach; these glitches were patched up quickly as the band charged through song after song without missing a beat. The lyrical content may be on the dour side, but the melodies and high energy of the live performance made the songs sound almost upbeat. Once the kitchy fun of 'Beachy Head' commenced the audience was well and truly won over. New song 'Last Conversation' and the wonderfully macabre 'Found Love In A Graveyard' were two of the many highlights, the band's note-perfect performance capturing the dynamic essence of the recorded versions. The short but sweet set (clocking in at 40 minutes) ended with the terrifically bitchy 'Wedding Day' and lovely 'Come On Over'.

Veronica Falls won't be playing tiny intimate shows like this for much longer. With critics singing their praises and a string of high profile support slots, both in the UK and abroad, they are on their way to bigger and better things. For the lucky ones at this fantastic show it was an experience to treasure.

Set List: The Box, Stephen, Beachy Head, Last Conversation, Found Love In A Graveyard, Right Side of My Brain, Heartbeat, Bad Feeling, Buried, Wedding Day, Come On Over

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