Veronica Fall blatantly - & shamelessly too, I'll give 'em that! - revisit the oft-forgotten mid-80s netherworld of John Peel's "shambling" era, a fragmented scene of Postcard/Rough Trade-worshipping bands that was documented on the NME's excellent C86 cassette & culminated, rather unfortunately, in the horror of "twee".
C86 itself, however, wasn't twee at all - in fact it was downright abrasive in places - & Veronica Falls have retained those alluring jagged edges, along with the pervasive Rickenbacker jangle of the era. A quick listen to their debut LP immediately put me in mind of The Shop Assistants, The Flatmates & The Jesus & Mary Chain's early Creation-era recordings. It's no masterpiece, but they make a significantly better job of paying (over)due homage than most bands who've attempted it - the awful Dum Dum Girls, for instance. They've a way to go before catching up with the immaculate Crystal Stilts, however.
Not bad, all in all, just don't go expecting any great surprises, OK?