Waiting For Something To Happen is the fresh air blowing through your windows on your next road trip. It’s a power pop indie masterpiece. This is the second album for Veronica Falls, and they’ve still got their charming, dreamy sound, as well as even more morbid metaphors. The London natives jumped to public attention in 2011 with the release of their self titled debut, and their nostalgic jangle pop vibe has made them endearing ever since. The quartet came to be after Roxanne Clifford and Patrick Doyle of Sexy Kids met James Hoare of Your Twenties at a Comet Gain concert. Once their friend Marion Herbain agreed to join in, everything seemed to come together.
While their first album was still pop to the max, it did get quite dark at times. Its singles, “Found Love In A Graveyard” and “Bad Feeling” had more of a heartbreak-y, and downright spooky, feel to them. While Waiting For Something To Happen has a couple of it’s own dramatic lows, such as “Shooting Star” and “Buried Alive,” they have made a noticeable shift towards positivity. One of my favorites, “Last Conversation” is a sort of moody combination of both emotions and closes out the album beautifully.
The opening track “Tell Me” is a happy, jammy fresh start for them. There’s nothing particularly spectacular about it, but it’s pure feel-good. “Teenage” is quite aptly named, and with the chorus of, “Driving late at night, I let you listen to the music you like, driving late at night, everything’s all right,” it definitely evokes the feelings of those years. Songs like “My Beating Heart” and the title track “Waiting For Something To Happen” are delightfully beachy in contrast to their usual harmonized melancholy.
Even though the “twee” label has been thrown around a lot while trying to describe Veronica Falls’ overall sound, I have to disagree. That’s just not giving them enough credit. Waiting For Something To Happen is a combination of their slight fascination with death, surfy garage pop, and harmonies you’ll catch yourself humming to whether you want to or not.