Paris is Burning is a regular French themed night at The Lexington, London, this time featuring the sounds of On/Air, Mensch, and Jacques Caramac and The Sweet Generation.
First up were On/Air, who played keyboard-led melodic indie-rock, and sounded like a louder version of Coldplay circa ‘Parachutes’. Strong tunes, winding guitar lines and soaring vocals combined in a performance that marked this band out as one to watch.
Mensch followed with a contrasting set of dark and jagged post-punk laced with some rolling motorik rhythms. From a minimal set up of bass, guitar, drum machine and electronics, the duo tore out a fierce set; full of angles, atmosphere and subtle violence. They concluded with a great instrumental that recalled Joy Division in its relentless attack.
Jacques Caramac and the Sweet Generation closed the evening with a great collection of songs that emulated the poppier end of The Fall’s spectrum. They put on a brilliantly entertaining gig, full of wry humour, eccentricity, careering tunes, black outs, and, memorably, a lyric about Battenberg cake.
On this showing, Paris is Burning seem capable of putting on varied, fun and interesting gigs. I’m impatient to see the next one.