It’s almost exactly a year since I first caught La Roux, when they were headlining the Oxford O2 Academy 2 on the NME Radar tour. Tonight I caught La Roux playing the bigger Bristol branch of the O2 Academy, where she’s certainly grown the production up a bit.
Opening up was the pretty much amazing Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, and have long been TGTF favourites, from our first introduction last September to DJing at our first ever gig night in March via our top 10 bands to watch in 2010, so it was nice to finally catch a half hour set from the guys who were every bit as good as I’d hoped at warming up a Monday night crowd. From the slower “The Key” to the all-out dance marathon of “Dance The Way I Feel”, they more than deserve to be the next big thing.
Very soon after Ou Est had left the stage it was time for the main act, La Roux. Having postponed this date from November last year, Elly immediately apologised for the delay after opening with “Tigerlily”. Their songs had all the more resonance now the whole crowd knew all the words, though I must admit I wasn’t a massive fan of the Rolling Stones cover of “Under My Thumb” and Elly’s self-indulgent guitar moment on “(Finally My) Saviour”. However, aside from the mid-set slow down, Elly knew that she was there to do, and even if the quiff was slightly smaller than last time (perhaps due to record company issues if The Sun is to be believed… (though it is the Sun we’re talking about here…)) she was every bit the show-woman she was last time.
Joking how she loved watching the “Butch guys dancing around” during crowd favourite “Cover My Eyes”, it seemed that the Bristol crowd lapped up the fiery tongued starlet every little bit. Closing with smash hit “Bulletproof”, Elly grinned as she bounced around in a gold lamé jacket and everyone screamed back the words. Exactly what a pop gig should be. I overheard some people complaining that it “was too short”, but if we’re honest she played every track from her debut album and a cover – what more could she have done?
With a bigger production and a theatrical set, I can’t help but wonder where La Roux will go from here and what the new stuff will sound like – it’s going to be a hard act to follow their debut collection, but going on the basis of tonight I have every confidence in it being an absolute corker of an album.
After the jump: setlist
In For The Kill
Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones Cover)
As If By Magic
Cover My Eyes
I’m Not Your Toy