Little Boots @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club 15th May 2013

Little Boots is back with a brand new album and to celebrate the launch 2 gigs were announced. The first being in Manchester and the second being in London. As expected the London date proved to be a sell out. These dates were the launch of the sophomore album Nocturnes. As a fan of Victoria’s music I booked the London date straight away. This stunning evening took place at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club and this was the first ever time I had visited this venue.

After a short warm up set by The KDMS it was then onto the main course of the evening. Boots took to the stage with the rest of her band nearing 9.20pm. Motorway kick started the set. This was sleek synthpop with thumping beats which were aided by stunning vocals. “How you doing” Hesketh then said to the packed audience halfway into the song. This tune was mellow and had an entrancing chorus “Meet me on the motorway/ Together we can make our great escape/ Meet me on the motorway/ Maybe we can find our perfect place”. Not only was the chorus fantastic but its verses were extraordinary. Infused to its ending was Confusion. The fact that both these two songs had been perfectly geld together did cause some confusion with some people who wanted to capture this contagious song. I found Confusion very mellow with a powerful chorus “I’ve been caught up in a lie/ Haven’t called you in a while/ Confusion/ Confusion”. The song itself was very infectious and you felt compelled to sing and dance along to this fantastic track. “London, I know it’s Wednesday but we’re going to pretend it’s Friday. Is that alright” Victoria then said before rounding off this incredible song. “Thank you so much for coming out tonight guys” Hesketh then mentioned before playing a song which wasn’t on Nocturnes and this being New In Town which featured on the debut Hands. This was a catchy number which was played at a steady pace. The lyrics were strong plus the killer chorus was rather powerful. New In Town was a feel good song, which was up beat and you felt obliged to sing along. Headphones was next on the night. This electro pop tune sounded amazing and had luscious verses plus a upbeat infectious chorus. Also it is very quirky as the lyrics mention about wearing headphones at the disco. Bundles of energy flowed from this track. Even though this track was extremely catchy it however does not feature on the new album Nocturnes. As much as I adore every track off of Nocturnes Beat Beat had to be my personal favourite. This tune was powerful with luscious lyrics you just want to sing along to aided by a killer chorus which easily gets you moving. Beat Beat was played at an up tempo pace and was smooth/ hypnotic at the same time. “Don’t you know that I wanna keep on dancing?/ Dancing to the beat of your heart/ Yeah you know that I’m gonna keep on dancing/ Dancing to the beat of your heart”. This tune actually sounded Madonna esque. Plenty of applause then followed and it was then onto Every Night I Say A Prayer which was released on Record Store Day last year. This power pop song had a uplifting chorus and you just want to thump your fist in the air. “I have seen into the future/ I want you to take me there/ I have seen into the future/ Every night I say a prayer/ Every night I say a prayer”. The brand new Record Store Day single was up next and this being Broken Record. It can easily get you moving “I hear your voice like a broken record/ Saying my name every second/ Dum-dum-daram-dum-dum-daram-dam/ Voice like a broken record/ In my heart I feel it echo”. It was then onto the 2nd infusion of the evening and following on from Broken Record was oldie Stuck On Repeat. This song was the first release by Boots back in 2008 and it was delivered at a steady pace with some catchy lyrics. I especially liked the chorus.

It was then onto another oldie and this being Earthquake. Both verses and chorus were extremely infectious. “Every little earthquake, every little heartbreak going unheard/ Every little landslide, catch it in my hand I won’t say a word/ Every time you hug me I know that it’s working, making you mine/ Every clap of thunder only makes me stronger on the inside”. Like New In Town you feel obliged to sing along to the powerful chorus. Earthquake was a tune which you just want to move about to as it oozed plenty of energy. Hesketh mentioned that this final song was probably going to be the 3rd single from Nocturnes. She then rounded things off with Crescendo. This steady paced song was delivered with plenty of gusto. I found this number to be rather soothing and beautiful at the same time. The first song of the encore was incredibly special and this being the fact it was not even on the set list and wasn’t planned on being played. This being the beautiful Nocturnes track All For You. This was like an electro pop ballad with lovely slushy lyrics. The steady paced All For You was faultlessly delivered. Meddle was next and this being the penultimate track that featured on the début Hands was up next. The Tenori-on was used throughout this number. Meddle was the first song released by Victoria. It is a nice tune which had a fast pace. I really like the fact the lyrics and melody gel wonderfully together. “Don’t meddle with a heart/ Meddle with a mind/ Meddle with the things that are inside/ You don’t know what you’ll find/ You don’t know what she hides/ So don’t go messing with a heart/ Or messing with a mind/ Or messing with the things that are inside/ You don’t know what you’ll find/ You don’t know what she hides”. Things then ended with yet another infusion. First up was Remedy. This infectious electro pop number was packed with a punch and had a killer chorus you just want to sing along to. “No more poison killing my emotion/I will not be frozen, dancing is my remedy, remedy, oh/Stop, stop praying ’cause I’m not, not playing/ I’m not frozen, dancing is my remedy, remedy, oh”. Infused to the end of Remedy and ending what had been a stunning evening was the club friendly Shake. This was simply epic and it has grown on me immensely the more times I have heard it played.

SET LIST

Motorway
Confusion
New In Town
Headphones
Beat Beat
Every Night I Say A Prayer
Broken Record
Stuck On Repeat
Earthquake
Crescendo

ENCORE

All For You
Meddle
Remedy
Shake

OVERALL: It was nice seeing Victoria Hesketh play live again. The new album Nocturnes is phenomenal and is packed with 10 stunning tunes. What was performed was a nice mixture of new and old material which left me satisfied.

It was nice to hear songs such as New In Town, Earthquake, Remedy and Meddle again all of them being highly contagious. Plus it was great hearing Headphones again which is a song I was stunned not to see make the Nocturnes cut.

All in all this was an incredible gig with stunning support. The KDMS (Kinky Dramas & Magic Stories) consist of Kathy Diamond and Max Skiba (there was another member of the band) and they formed way back in 2008. Each track which was performed had a disco vibe and they each were energetic.

As for Little Boots this sold out show saw her announce a date at Heaven in November. My prediction is that Satellite and Strangers will be performed.

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