By Damion Larkin
What an intriguing mix La Roux are. Essentially a two piece outfit at the core: frontwoman Elly Jackson and synthesizer player, co-writer and co-producer Ben Langmaid. Making up the whole are Michael Norris, Mickey O’Brien, and William Bowerman ably providing keyboards, backing vocals and drums between them. Interestingly, Langmaid rarely performs with the band.
After first single ‘Quicksand’ (Kitsuné Music) at the tail-end of 2008, they almost immediately signed to Polydor and ‘In For The Kill’, ‘Bulletproof’, and ‘I’m Not Your Toy’ all followed from their self-titled début album, along with the fully deserved scoop of critical and commercial success.
Jackson is very much the headline grabber with her outspoken view on the music industry. Of course her music could still have been dogpoo, but it isn’t. Unless it’s from a dog made of pure gold and 80s kitsch She looks like a one off, and isn’t too fussed about all the pomp and circumstance of the business, but no matter what you think of her, you can’t deny she’s really doing it.
‘It’ being addictive songs with a gamut of 80s influences: Prince, Eurhythmics, Depeche Mode, Human League, Blancmange, Simple Minds…and many many others! This is all churned up inside her maverick sensibilities to produce original music that is so modern its almost futuristic. She’s way ahead of the game, and the gig at the Academy 1 on Tuesday May 4th is a chance to see her bring the house down like so many of her pop ancestors before.