Back when electropop duo La Roux was scheduled to play Atlanta this summer at Variety Playhouse, excitement for the group was mounting. Their song "Bulletproof" was getting major rotation on pop radio, and lead singer Elly Jackson was being hailed for her out-of-London-80s asexual style. Sure, the rehashed 80s trend was already stale, but a hook is a hook. The group had to cancel that show, though, and Friday was the make-up performance. What will they do to make up for the makeup performance?
La Roux performed songs from their self-titled debut album, which came out in early 2009 but took some time to get recognized in the States, plus a Rolling Stones' cover. By the time I went to the bar and back, it was already time for their encore of "Bulletproof." The set barely reached an hour, and the songs all ran together live. Ellie didn't know how to work the stage, walking from one side to the other, humming out her songs. As my friend put it, "I've seen drag queens with better stage presence."
La Roux (which is actually incorrect French, it would be "les" roux for the sticklers out there) could be like the Eurythmics: out of England with a striking girl singing soulful lyrics to synth beats of her male counterpart. Instead, La Roux lacks any of the soul of Annie Lennox and any of the excitement of Dave Stewart's production. Some acts are best heard recorded and not live. When I heard "Bulletproof" at the after-party later that night at Aurum Lounge, it packed more punch than hearing it live an hour before. I don't think there's anything wrong with producing music that's slicker and more danceable when recorded, I just wish I knew that before Friday's show.
Nashville has more dive bars than ATL now that sucks. tbh i think that new…
*Christ, Lord sorry
"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.