5 GB With Veronica Falls; Playing The Black Cat Wednesday, Feb. 8

By Eileen Tilson/ @tktalt_tn

Veronica Falls are an indie pop band formed in London, in 2009. The band consists of Roxanne Clifford and James Hoare both on vocals and guitar, Marion Herbain on bass and Patrick Doyle on drums and back vocals. The members of the band were formerly in the bands The Royal We and Sexy Kids. The band released several singles in the United Kingdom and the United States throughout 2010.Veronica Falls came to prominence with the release of self-titled their debut album in 2011, where their album entered the UK album Charts at #150. We chatted with James as part of our “5GB series” before their show at The Black Cat this Wednesday.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

The first proper show I went to was Paul Weller in 1994 at the English Riveria Center in Torquay. I’d seen a band play in an empty swimming pool down the road from my house when I was maybe 5 but I can’t really remember much of that so it doesnt count.

Weller had just released Stanley Road. he had the guitarist and bass player from Ocean Colour Scene in his band. I thought it was pretty cool (and I still stand by it) there were loads of Middle age Mods milling around the place and the carpark was packed with Vespa scooters.

What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?

When I was 15 I was in a band called the Upsides. We were pretty good. The line up was me, Joe Mount and Gabriel Stebbing from Metronomy, and a guy called Richard Wain who’s now a food photographer. We played with Muse the night they were signed to Madonna’s label Maverick and they’d flown over all these A&R guys from the States. We played a great show, but there was only one multimillion dollar deal on the table that night. I remember the singer Matt Bellamy was wearing leather trousers and a velvet shirt. They were really into us and very complimentary. The show was brilliant (us, not them. They were terrible)

What is the best gig you have ever been to?

Maybe my friend David playing at the Buffalo Bar in London in 2005, a Comet Gain show. He couldn’t remember any of the songs and had forgotten to tell his bandmates about the show. Or they couldnt be bothered turning up. Anyway, the songs were so good and the performance so honest (sometimes it was bad) it completely blew me away. It was amazing. After the show he sold his own copies of his records to fund alcohol for the rest of night (most of which i brought).

Gig you would most like to play?

I’d like to play one of those Japanese festivals where everyone puts their cigarette ash into tiny containers round their necks, and there’s not a single piece of rubbish on the ground. I was hoping we’d be mega stars in Japan by now but I’m not sure of our current popularity over there. Probably pretty successful.

What would be the lineup for your dream gig?

Playing at the Cavern Club in 1962, a lunchtime show with the Beatles. All the kids drinking fizzy drinks with backcombed hair. That would be the dream. I can see them digging found love in graveyard too. (they’d be no Gerry and the Pace Markers sharing the bill with us)

Catch Veronica Falls Wednesday, Feb. 8th,  at the Black Cat Washington, D.C.

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