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.
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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.
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