LOBF Day One - The Lounge Society, The Umlauts, Naima Bock
Monday, January 17, 19:00
THE LOUNGE SOCIETY
The Lounge Society (a self-proclaimed “antidote to the 1975”) are filled to the brim with acerbic post-punk panache, and lithe, ‘80s-indebted riffs litter the moreish morsels offered out so far. Built from four Hebden Bridge teenagers, who have been working extensively with indie svengali Dan Carey and his Speedy Wunderground label (Squid, Black MIDI), the band offer an electrifying darkness that’s impossible to resist.
Côte d'Azurian, Alpine, and British brains collide in The Umlauts, brewing an unmistakable European sonic stew from the wreckage; addictive rhythms and writhing synths are at the heart of the delicious chaos, practically begging bodies to throb and sway. Key track “Boiler Suits & Combat Boots” (a wry look at the fetishisation of Berlin) pulses with funked-up cyborg energy, as if Lazarus Kane’s band was fronted instead by Die Mensch-Maschin.
Goat Girl co-founder Naima Bock is thriving in fresh pastures under her own name, and since leaving the group has ventured into quite different realms, using her voice, acoustic guitar, and an array of less-obvious instruments to craft bucolic intricacies and sumptuous neo-folk brilliance. Flashes of jazz and Americana bolt across her songs, and with each brush of warmth and familiarity there’s something to claw you back to the edge of your seat.
The Lexington is an 18+ venue - please bring ID!