It's high time I gave Veronica Falls a mention - especially as ever since 'Beachy Head' first made an appearance online (a love song set around Brighton's infamous suicide spot) and I was lucky enough to catch their first show, I've had a serious soft spot for their spooky, melancholy 60s-via-Black Tamborine-tinged tales of tragedy and deceased lovers.
Having played in Sexy Kids (their track 'Sisters Are Forever' has become a bit of a jokey theme song between my sibling & I), Your Twenties and The Royal We previously, they're seasoned songwriters, and manage the tricky task of combining the sonics of ghosts past with their own delicate and tense sound.
They've released a few quickly-grabbed 7 inches on No Pain In Pop and demo recordings, but the 17th October will see the release of their first full-length record, Veronica Falls. Thanks to my day job I've been listening to the record non-stop for the past few months, and as well as the adored early stuff there's plenty of new heartbreak to be found in tracks such as 'Misery', 'Bad Feeling' and 'The Fountain', plus the more upbeat and hopeful skip of 'Come On Over'.
To celebrate the release, Rough Trade will also be selling limited edition Veronica Falls Covers LPs, featuring six covers, paying homage to the Eurythmics and Rolling Stones, and including their stunning rendition of Roky Erickson's 'Starry Eyes', which is a more tender take on the original.
Find out more (and get a free mp3) over at http://veronicafalls.com/