Following an incredible summer, which saw nine nights and 45 artists including the likes of Blur, Nas, Plan B and many more take over the 100 club for Converse Represent; the monthly Converse gigs series proudly returned for another year of incredible shows. Kicking things off, Converse and 100 club hosted an exclusive night presented by Wichita Recording.
Indie pop quartet Veronica Falls headlinded the showcase, with their superbly crafted, infectious post punk nuggets. Their 2011 self-titled debut album received praises from the likes of Clash, NME and Loud And Quiet and reached number six in Rough Trade’s Album Of The Year.
The first warm up artist Cheatahs, took the crowd up a gear. They ejected our minds and feet by keeping us moving whilst slightly head banging at the same time. With the crowd pumped up, Sunderland’s five piece, Frankie & The Heartstrings who, from their successful top 40 album Hunger came out and owned it. Hunger will never get old and being part of the crowd whilst slightly getting very tipsy and hot, Frankie and co definitely ejected us with passion and a lot of fun. Favourite song of the night “Everybody Looks Better (In The Right Light)” a really great way to end their set.
Veronica Falls know how to get a party started – no, seriously. How many other bands could get a Wednesday night crowd dancing with a song that contemplates a plummet to death off the edge of a cliff? It’s this juxtaposition of bitter and sweet that makes Veronica Falls such an alluring proposition both on record and onstage. This one off show for the band provided a glimpse of material from their fourth-coming second album which the band are currently recording.
As the band breeze through their macabre take on pop, seductive, dainty hooks weaving through gorgeous harmonies, the crowd were bewitched by the prettiness of it all. Heads bopping to “Buried alive” and “Bad Feeling” while an audible moan of appreciation goes up for the deliciously goth opening riff to “Found Love In A Graveyard”. Completely engorged with the Falls, and the four piece – two girls, two boys combo works as the crowd anticipated more. The crowd hadn’t come to hear one. By the time the band played their best card “Come On Over” we did’t feel like we’d want our Veronica Falls any other way.
Veronica Falls’ headline at the first in a new season of monthly Converse Gigs at London’s long-established 100 club venue sets the bench mark, with many eagerly looking forward to seeing who’s up next for Converse’s gig next month.
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Written by ::: Natalie Cooke
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