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La Roux is bulletproof at Showbox
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La Roux is bulletproof at Showbox

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

La Roux
April 18
Showbox


When I walked into Showbox at the Market to see the Brit pop group La Roux, I had no idea what I was in for. I've been a fan ever since a friend and I happened upon the group's first Seattle show at Chop Suey during the record-breaking heat wave that swept over the Pacific Northwest last summer. Eleanor Jackson, frontwoman for the band, walked onto the stage and owned the audience from beginning to end. I was an instant fan - a believer.

That was nearly a year ago, and since that time La Roux has gone from "that one chick who sings that one song" to a known band with a hit record. I expected to see Jackson, complete with her trademark red A Flock of Seagulls hair and trendy sparkling blazer, and the hot boys that play keyboards and computers in the band. But what I didn't expect was an all-ages dance party/concert. La Roux's Monday-night show was a celebration, and even now, as I sit typing this review, I remain unsuccessful in my attempts to stop the lyrics to "Bulletproof" from constantly looping inside my head.

The music of La Roux has been described as electropop, synthpop, Europop, and dance. Yawn. The truth is - and thousands of fans of the "red-haired one" will back me up on this one - a La Roux show is hot, androgynous, sexy, fun, and the closest thing Generation Addicted-to-Social-Networking will ever get to a true dance party right out of the fabulous '80s.

The show (which I must applaud the band for starting on time - something of a rarity these days) began with a bang as the Showbox suddenly transformed from concert venue to sweaty dance floor. Jackson's voice is strong, and she really has a good time while performing, dancing to every single song and flashing the audience a confident smile as she effortlessly moves from one song to another.

La Roux fans know her lyrics. Like a church choir at Mass, we - faithful followers that we are - belted out every word and sha-sha-shaked and shimmied all night long.

La Roux, who has yet to come out as an open Lesbian, has a very loyal young, Gay fan base. Between songs, I took a quick look around and realized I was at some sort of Gay T-Dance, where a lot of the boys looked liked the girls and the girls looked like a lot of the boys: beautiful. "Androgynous" does not even begin to explain the sea of gender-fuck that I was swimming in.

Although La Roux seems like a solo act due to the unique look and strong stage presence of Jackson, the band is actually a duo. The songs are co-written and produced by Ben Langmaid, who, oddly enough, does not perform or tour with La Roux. Still, the band La Roux does tour with is a collective of talented and super-cute boys that sound great. Musically speaking, the show was as flawless as it was filthy fun.

La Roux doesn't have a giant repertoire of songs, due to their infancy as a mainstream act, but the songs they do own are recognizable and fun. Throughout the night, fan favorites like "I'm Not Your Toy," "In for the Kill," and "Quicksand" were well-received. However, it was Jackson's cover of The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" that impressed me the most. Not only did she completely own the song from start to finish, she updated it. During the encore, La Roux performed "Bulletproof," a song that the band is probably best known for.

Be it in a nightclub, showroom, or stadium, I will be a ticket holder anytime La Roux comes to town. Beyond the fact that the band is just that good, the shows are a dance-a-thon, Gay-friendly, and by no means a disappointment. In other words, La Roux may just as well be bulletproof.

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