Live review: Louis Le Prince

Taut, lyrical guitar pop from this up-and-coming Yorkshire-based band at The Lexington, Pentonville Road, N1.

Leeds-based indie trio Louis Le Prince are busy working on material as well as motoring up and down the A1 for the odd London gig – but what’s clear from tonight’s headline performance is the songwriting pedigree.

Holding together a bevy of tunes you wouldn’t be surprised to hear nestled in BBC6 Music’s playlists is a keen pop sensibility and ear for a compelling groove.

Lead singer Matt Humphreys (above) - aka Henry Heath - generally boasts a low, lothario’s voice which suits the material down to the ground.

Highlight of the set tonight was the paean to modern loving, I Don’t Know Your Number – a thoughtful study of the predicaments of today’s horny youths who scour Facebook and other sites for their next potential conquest.

There’s northern charm in spades, plenty of peppy melodies and some clever, knowing lyricism evoking early Franz Ferdinand or The Strokes.

A tight, stylishly retro night.