La Femme - Sur La Planche

La Femme - Sur La Planche

I’ve been meaning to write about this band for over a year now – and even more so since I caught La Femme‘s set at Horatio’s Bar in Brighton during The Great Escape this year.

Ending a run of UK shows over the weekend, supporting Maxïmo Park as well as a few headline shows of their own, I count myself among a lucky few to have seen them at Camden Barfly last Thursday as part of a The Fly magazine & Mean Fiddler present event – I don’t think there’ll be many chances to see them in similar-sized venues for much longer…

Punky surf-rock with Pop / Circus / Film Noir tinges – Marlon Magnee and Clémence Quélennec led the full cast of 6, with infectious synths, quirky dance moves and cries of ‘Eiffel Tower’ under the cheeky guise of explaining their French roots to the London crowd.

Where Ty Segall at The Garage the night before prompted crowd-surfing, the set from La Femme led to full-on moshing.

This is the first song of theirs I heard:

La Femme – Sur La Planche

The end of the set promised CD’s “from France!” – and the hand-drawn individually designed sleeves cemented my decision to fork out the £5 for my very own copy, pictured here with the setlist I swiped from the stage after the gig.

I love it when a band has this effect on me…