Monday, June 14, 2010
Last Monday I finally saw La Roux at my least favorite venue in town, Terminal Five. It was like old times, getting to the show before doors opened to get up close and personal with Elly Jackson (except for the fact that the venue gates you away from the stage and you can't actually get up close and personal with anyone besides the other sweaty folks in the crowd). Thankfully everyone in the crowd was looking to have a good time, dancing through all the upbeat songs and giving Elly full attention when she pulled out her acoustic guitar and sat down to play "Saviour." I had an amazing time (not quite as amazing as Sleigh Bells) and I highly recommend checking out La Roux if they hit up your town on the remainder of this tour.
The British duo started in 2008 with their first single "Quicksand" and have blown up in England and across Europe and are slowly making headway in the US. La Roux have everything going for them, Elly has a strong voice, great style and a wonderful stage presence and she and Ben Langmaid write catchy, upbeat, dancey tunes that are synth heavy and make it impossible for you not to want to dance around. Most of the tunes are perfectly crafted and could have been plucked right out of an 80s pop collection, which is rather ironic because Elly was born in the late 80s. I'm a sucker for a good pop song and La Roux definitely do it right.
On July 26th a La Roux curated compilation called Sidetracked is out in the UK on Renaissance and features a studio version of "Under My Thumb," which I greatly look forward to hearing and hope to post once I have my hands on it.
Here are a trio of covers by La Roux and a bunch of folks covering La Roux, plus Heaven 17 & La Roux together doing the Heaven 17 classic "Temptation!"
La Roux "Under My Thumb" (The Rolling Stones Cover)
Heaven 17 & La Roux "Sign Your Name" (Terence Trent D'Arby Cover)
Franz Ferdinand & La Roux "Call Me" (Blondie Cover)
La Roux Covers:
Lou Barlow "Bulletproof"
Steel Train "Bulletproof"
Daniel Merriweather "In For The Kill"
Kelis "In For The Kill"
Miike Snow "In For The Kill"
Yes Giantess "I'm Not Your Toy"
Heaven 17 & La Roux "Temptation"
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