words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris La Putt
Little Boots, aka UK singer and Warner/Atlantic Records signee Victoria Hesketh, performed at her sole scheduled U.S. appearance last night (Monday, May 18th) at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. Her previous visit to our country was for SXSW, and she was last in NY for a show at Studio B in February. You also may have caught her during CMJ.
Local dance punks Heartsrevolution opened the show, performing on LPR's circular stage which was somewhat awkwardly placed in the center of the main room. Singer Lo barked over the band's dueling synth and drums in a set that ended with dreamy pop tune "Digital Suicide."
Little Boots took the stage with similar drum and synth accompaniment, but one that produced a decidedly poppier sound. The singer, dressed in gold, spoke minimally during her 10-song set, instead communicating through the songs of her forthcoming album, Hands, due in June. The tracks were all polished, poppy and danceable. The singer worked the intimate space well, despite the packed, but not 100% party-ready Monday crowd (many of whom were roped off in a large VIP section). The single "New in Town," which came third in the set, has potential to be a summer hit. Almost all of Little Boots' other songs would serve similarly well as summer-jam anthems.
Coming up, Little Boots has only European and Japanese shows scheduled, though more dates, hopefully stateside, should be coming. One appearance this summer will be at Field Day Festival in London's Victoria Park on August 1st. The lineup for that includes Mogwai, Santigold, Four Tet and many more. Full details below.
In addition to her new record, Hands, Little Boots also has a US-only EP, Illuminations, scheduled for a June 9th release on Elektra. All photos from LPR, with a video from the show and other Little Boots clips, and all upcoming dates, below...
New In Town - Little Boots Live (Le Poisson Rouge) NYC
Little Boots - New In Town (Later Live with Jools Holland)
Little Boots - Stuck On Repeat
Field Day 2009 lineup
Mogwai (only English festival show), The Horrors, Little Boots (live), Santigold, Mystery Jets, Juana Molina, Toumani Diabate, Mumford and Sons, Micachu & The Shapes, The Big Pink, Audion, The XX, The Temper Trap, Rusko, Plugs, (UK festival exclusive), Fake Blood, Four Tet, Erol Alkan, James Yorkston, Apes And Androids, Final Fantasy, Malcolm Middleton, Aeroplane, Fennesz, Errors, Skream, S.C.U.M, First Aid KitLittle Boots - 2009 Tour Dates
SATURDAY 1st AUGUST 2009
VICTORIA PARK, GROVE ROAD, TOWER HAMLETS, LONDON, E3
TICKET PRICE: £29.50 + BF
TIME: 11.30 - 10.30PM
May 20 Spexs show (at Berghain) Berlin
May 22 O2 Liverpool Academy Liverpool
May 23 Dot To Dot Festival Bristol Bristol
May 24 Dot To Dot Festival Nottingham Nottingham
May 25 HMV Newcastle, Newcastle
May 25 Evolution Festival, Newcastle
May 26 iTunes LIVE London
May 28 Heaven London
May 30 Wychwood Festival Cheltenham
Jun 6 G.A.Y @ Heaven London
Jun 07 HMV Blackpool, Blackpool
Jun 08 HMV Oxford Street, London
Jun 24 Hove Festival Tromøy
Jul 11 Oxegen Festival, Dublin Dublin
Jul 12 T-In The Park, Scotland Balado
Jul 17 Latitude Festival, Suffolk Suffolk
Jul 24 Hove Festival, Norway
Aug 01 Victoria Park - Field Day Festival London
Aug 02 Victoria Park - Underage Festival London
Aug 08 Marine Stadium Summer Sonic, MESSE Tokyo/Osaka
Aug 09 Marine Stadium Summer Sonic, MESSE Tokyo/Osaka
Aug 29 Gay Pride Manchester
Sep 12 Bestival - Robin Hill Country Park Isle of Wight