The Lexington, London
It is easy to understand why Arthur Beatrice, with barely two hands needed to count the gigs they have played under their belts, are freaking out over technical issues tonight. Clearly wanting to make a perfect impression after months of blog tips and industry whispers, it must be frustrating to be hampered by something as simple as a keyboard breaking moments before stage time. The fact they deliver one of the most impressive sets The Fly has seen a new band play in many months then, is testament to just how promising this London band are.
Though named after a Golden Girls veteran, Arthur Beatrice are tender in both age and looks but do play with a maturity beyond their years. New single ‘Midland’ shows a deft handling of dynamics, building to a crescendo before falling back into a groove the band find most comfortable – think Wild Beasts, Warpaint and The xx in mindset if not actual sound. Meanwhile, ‘What We Hoped To Achieve’ is a long and strung out affair, the band impressively ad-libbing ideas in the absence of their not at all missed keyboard. Dual vocalists Ella Girardot and Elliot Leopard (yes, his real name) combine well, though it is a shame that Girardot can’t stop apologising for the technical issues.
Time will heal any worries Arthur Beatrice may have about this performance, in the meantime go check them out but be sure to pack a backup set of instruments.