Starry eyes, what can I say. Starry eyes, what can I do for your attention. Starry eyes. Starry eyes forever shall be mine.
That's right. A little Roky Erickson love from Veronica Falls on Friday night to jumpstart your weekend of sweating in oppressive heat and humidity. The Glasgow via London outfit noted that as well, even the temps wasn't too bad at sunset against the water. It's one thing we NorthEasterners are good at is complaining about the hot weather. No wonder people living in Arizona and deep south are telling us to grow a pair.
In any event, Veronica Falls ... I just god damn love them. They might not set the music world on fire and be beloved by the tastemakers of the world, but I they've stuck to my snobbish side. Their music, whether it be played at blazing fast tempos or introspective and sullen, can soundtracks your various moods. During their set at Friday's night free series as part of River to River, I was transfixed by "Love in a Graveyard", even though I've heard it many times on record and live. They might have kicked up the guitar parts and given it a little more strength, but that song is now my favorite. Beachy Head still packs a punch, but Graveyard is a song that defines the band -- beautiful and dark with a backbone.
And it's not like the four are a dynamic live presence. They play very well together, tight with lots of harmony, but they don't submit to rock star antics. They are a laid back bunch, under-stated and a bit bashful. You almost want to buy them a drink during their set and say, "Hey, you look like you need a drink to undo your nerves."
V.F. has a few new songs added to their live act that I'm sure will make its way onto a new album or EP. One of them is called Bury Me Alive, and is a cheerful soundings tune. Check it out after the photos from their set.
Bury Me Alive: