Posted in dance | music | pictures | tour dates on May 19, 2009

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Chris La Putt

Little Boots

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...

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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 Kit


SATURDAY 1st AUGUST 2009
VICTORIA PARK, GROVE ROAD, TOWER HAMLETS, LONDON, E3
TICKET PRICE: £29.50 + BF
TIME: 11.30 - 10.30PM
http://www.fielddayfestivals.com/

Little Boots - 2009 Tour Dates
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

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Comments (28)

I am pretty sure the name Little Boots is a reference to the word Caligula. Caligula means 'little boots'. Can anyone confirm or deny?

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 12:26 PM

damn! think this may of been better than the Shins...:/

Posted by Joe | May 19, 2009 12:35 PM

Lil' boots....LIT-el boots.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 12:36 PM

heartsrevolution has the misfortune of being one of the worst acts i think i have ever seen.

constant admonishment to the crowd to "shut up" and instructions that the audience google biology terms to prove that she knew what she was singing about while she punched her vagina as though it owed her money. less a band than a parody of the more excessive performance artist pieces of the 80s.

Posted by Eric P | May 19, 2009 12:38 PM

yes, Little Boots was Caligula's nickname in the Roman army due to his small shoe size. And Victoria knows that, I'm pretty sure. She's a crafty one who has a somewhat unique pop star claim in that she actually writes her own songs, usually on piano.

Posted by jason | May 19, 2009 1:14 PM

The sound was Phenomenal!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 1:55 PM

Sound may have been phenomenal but she is simply an awful performer. For this kind of music where is the energy? La Roux is gonna kick her ass all over the clubs and all over the charts. Shame as Victoria is talented but in this live configuration you would never know it!

Posted by Anon | May 19, 2009 3:02 PM

Heartsrevolution was a fucking disaster. The lead singer sounded like a baby was being raped. I dig there ep, but when you bring a bottle of Jack Daniels on stage and take swigs between songs, you are setting yourself up for failure.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 3:23 PM

heartsrevolution should really just give it up

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 3:55 PM

hearts revolution was awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 4:02 PM

^ posted by Heartsrevolution or the girl who thought she was M.I.A. and dancing like a buffoon to that racket.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 4:20 PM

There were so many gay hipsters there. It felt like a Madonna concert on a much smaller scale.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 4:21 PM

funny to pass judgement as you sit at your desk and read blogs to pass the hours...from your shit ass fucking jobs..

anyone who has a mind sick enough to reference the sound of a baby being raped (how would they know that anyways?!?)
should kill themselves, tonight.


all the love, Lo


Posted by LO | May 19, 2009 5:47 PM

i'd like to put my little boot in her le poisson rouge...

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 5:50 PM

more like little poops

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 6:02 PM

First of all, I don't look like MIA...Fuck off people. Second of all, yes... I dance. Sorry you have no rhythm or are too busy trying to look cool. You obviously went to the show to see Little Boots which means you couldn't possibly be prepared to hear any music involving passion. Heartsrevolution's music is honest and aggressive and actually makes an attempt at saying something meaningful which makes me want to dance and move and do something. Sorry about that bitch. Little Boots songs are pretty glittery pop and there's nothing wrong with that. And when you drink white zinfandel it's easy to see how it would be tough to stomach Old English malt brew. Maybe your taste will mature with age.

Posted by Jelly | May 19, 2009 6:26 PM

I thought Little Boots was fantastic - really wasn't sure I'd like it, but her energy was amazing and every minute was fun..

Heartsrevolution, on the other hand, were just tragically, desperately awful. The crowd stared, mouth agape at the car crash unfolding on stage. No talent, no ideas, nothing.

Posted by Ben | May 19, 2009 6:29 PM

Yikes, bit too earnest in here.

Posted by anonymouse | May 19, 2009 6:48 PM

anyone who takes a swig of whiskey while performing gets an a for effort in my book.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 6:53 PM

None of you know talent
...AT ALL.

Posted by july | May 19, 2009 7:26 PM

Heartsrevolution / Lyrics to track YSL 2009:
Judge me among a jury of my peers..
so they can condemn and project their fears.


side note:
*makes you think, doesn't it


Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 8:01 PM

hahaha! it's funny that the girl who was said to look like M.I.A, knew she is trying to look like M.I.A. and admitted it. Ha! What an ass!

I think the "baby rape" thing is a just being used to really give all you who weren't there an idea of what that shit sounded like/how horrible it was. I think it was pretty close....or at least a middle schooler.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 9:04 PM

"funny to pass judgement as you sit at your desk and read blogs to pass the hours...from your shit ass fucking jobs.."


Sorry some of us sit at a desk and make a living while you either

A: Work at Urban Outfitters
B: Work at American Apparel
C: Live in your parents basement


Fuck off loser. Go drink your PBR and I hope your pink skinny jeans you got with your employee discount cut of your circulation and you drop dead.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2009 9:08 PM

HeartsRevolution was not really my thing, but they were definitely entertaining. As for Little Boots - amazing set. The pics posted above are great BTW.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2009 4:01 PM

so cool concert

Posted by wendy | May 21, 2009 10:15 AM

it's funny how everyone gets so into talking shit.
but we were all there to watch artists do their thing.
ha!

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2009 10:19 AM

cool makeup lo! idiots

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 6:47 PM

its angelic' setting. hooray. my morning jacket and band of horses recycled.

Posted by lily | May 28, 2009 8:18 AM

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