La Roux, July 27th @ The Troubadour
For the uninitiated, La Roux are the current (and richly deserving) darlings of England's resurgent synth-pop scene. After emerging last Fall as though they sprang fully formed from the head of drum machine Zeus, the London-based duo (singer/keyboardist Elly Jackson and keyboardist co-writer Ben Langmaid) has gone from "who?", to "Holyfuckingshit" in less time than it took the Bush Administration to hoax the Democratic caucus into accepting their transparently idiotic WMD claims. Their first single, "Quicksand", recorded before they even had a proper record deal, debuted in December and quickly became an international iPod staple. In short order, they subsequently:
* Released their second single, "In For The Kill" in March, 2009. It eventually peaked at number 2 in the British charts.
* Saw their most recent single, the sickeningly brilliant "Bulletproof" enter the British Charts at number 1.
* Released their Debut album, which entered the charts at Number 2 and was briefly the highest selling British debut of 2009.
* Have already been nominated for a prestigious Mercury Prize.
Not bad for a band who's public profile is younger than Mel Gibson's illegitimate child. Better still that they blasted a hole in the Troubadour's walls and proved, for once, that the hype is an understatement.