Red Light Company - The Cockpit, Leeds (15/03/2009)

Adam Ogle | Sunday, 12 April 2009

Red Light Company - The Cockpit, Leeds (15/03/2009)

It's pretty common knowledge that Red Light Company - comprising of an Englishman, Scotsman, Welshman, a Japanese-American and an English-Aussie - aren't your run of the mill indie band. So when front-man Mackenzie Crook lookalike Richard Frenneaux strolls onto the stage with a child-like grin, excitement bred around just what exactly he had up his sleeve for the night ahead. Frenneaux has the swagger of a Perry Farrell-like character, looking down the crowd, flailing arms with a knowing this band can go places.

Their quirky yet rather dark songs have been catching the attention of anybody and everybody in the music industry in recent months, yet bar successful single 'Scheme Eugene' they fail to set the world alight with their opening few songs; the term 'indie by numbers' springs to mind. Their art-rock edgy tunes have people's attention, but it doesn't last for long. That is, at least, before they seem to spring to life after a sequence of distinctly average numbers. Frenneaux announces the next song as 'Meccano', much to the delight of the die-hards at front of stage.

Everyone in the venue seemed to perk up and take note; it was as if the gig started here, and after the first line the venue was bouncing. The lyrics "Crying out loud, the weekend is over" gave the song a chanting rather anthemic feel, orchestrating a sense of involvement from the crowd. Within three-and-a-half minutes they looked like they had left the state of inanimation and were now at a rock 'n' roll show.

More was to follow with the hook-swamped latest single 'Arts And Crafts' - a million miles away from Meccano, it really showed the band's versatility that the first half of the set desperately lacked. Closing on the heavy and grunge-influenced 'When Everybody Is Everybody Else' Red Light Company have certainly impressed. Without being breathtaking or world-beaters, their confident and edgy sound makes for an intriguing but distinctly average show.

Rating: 3/5