(image from 2010)
Unsurprised, I walked into full house at the Commodore. Midnight Magic opened high in energy and with great stage presence. Vocals were headed by Tiffany Roth with her fire red locks. I couldn’t quite make out the words she was singing but her dominating voice acted like an instrument of its own with a wide range and a vibrating depth.
Like a true professional, La Roux came out on time leading with “Let Me Down Gently” from their latest album Trouble in Paradise released this summer. La Roux followed up with one of their old hits, “Fascination”, in Elly’s silky and crisp voice of a freaking angel.
Elly’s freakishly high falsetto voice – it can’t possibly be real. Yet, it sounds exactly as it should. No false advertisement here. I basked in every moment. Mostly because I lost my phone therefore I had to. Nonetheless, it was an experience worth not having my phone for.
During “Cruel Sexuality” Elly finally got close to the edge of the stage. She’s a real natural with the fans. I questioned my sexual preference more times than I’m used to. There is something undeniably and quietly fierce about her. An effortless pull to her modest talent.
Elly wasn’t the only one that stole the show. The drummer threw his hands up during the bridge of “In for the Kill” as if in surrender and the entire dance floor followed suit in a synchronized eruption.
The crowd never grew tired and swayed through La Roux’s older and newer singles such as, “Colourless Colour” and “Uptight Downtown”. Towards the end, a female fan that I commend for bravery and, at the same time, hate with burning jealousy rushed on stage and planted a big one on Elly’s cheek.
The best part of the night for me was during “Tigerlily” when the lights and music shut off. Elly stood still with her back towards us and left the room waiting with growing anticipation. The intensity made me nervous. What is she going to do next? OH GOD, WHAT NOW? The silence threw us into the dramatic effect of the “Tigerlily” chorus. Ingenious.
After chanting “one more song”, some stomping and obnoxious whistling, La Roux returned on stage for their encore, “Bulletproof”. It was a big kumbaya karaoke session. After all was sung and done, the band came forward for a formal farewell. Like true professionals.