Saturday, October 17th, 2009
CONTEST – La Roux @ The Guvernment – October 23, 2009
Frank YangThat La Roux appears to be the leader in the “2009 British female indie-pop derby” is surprising to me. Not necessarily because their self-titled debut is sub-par, though I do find it a rather samey and thin-sounding overall though more ’80s-correct, but because I felt that Little Boots and Florence & The Machine, to name a couple of other contenders for the title, were not only more accessible and/or marketable, but simply put out stronger records.
If you want to rate them based on the size of the gigs they’re playing in North America, however, the duo of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid win. In Toronto, Little Boots drew decently to Wrongbar for her debut appearance and Florence should have no problem filling the Mod Club, but La Roux are already back for their third show in less than seven months with an appearance at The Guvernment next Friday night, October 23. I caught them at their first appearance at the Drake Underground back in April and they weren’t the most riveting live act, Jackson’s hair aside, but with so much steady touring in the interim I can only imagine they’ve gotten better. Or hope so, at least.
Toronto’s own electro-pop sensation Diamond Rings will open things up at the Guvernment. Tickets are $20 in advance but courtesy of Rootmeansquare, I’ve got two pairs of passes to give away for the show. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to see La Roux” in the subject line and your full name in the body, and get that in to me before midnight, October 21.
There’s interviews with Elly Jackson at MTV.com