Luke’s Alphabet Tour – L: La Sera at the Lexington, London – 13th June 2012

By on Thursday, 21st June 2012 at 2:00 pm

Katy Goodman is slowly becoming an underground hero thanks to her role in Brooklyn punks Vivian Girls and the hippy tinged La Sera. The latter of these projects is making a welcome return to the Lexington in central London tonight to a capacity crowd of fans and buzz followers. Of course, following the hype is no bad thing, La Sera have been gradually gaining fans in the past 12 months, primarily through word-of-mouth from devoted fans of the American dream pop scene.

After a rousing performance from London’s hottest commodity Novella, Goodman and co. enter the fray to treat the almost 200-strong audience to favourites from their debut self-titled and new ‘Sees The Light’ LP. Opener ‘Devils Hearts Grow Gold’ envelopes the upstairs venue in a sea of serenity but keeps an underlying upbeat rhythm throughout. There’s an inherent ’60s hippy vibe resonating inside these walls tonight, put forth by the new age flower child Katy Goodman herself.

La Sera is a different beast to Vivian Girls. The punkier elements have been replaced by strands of dream pop, country, prog and indie. With all these influences and Goodman’s soaring falsetto in tow, it’s a powerful display of emotion on stage that flits between placidity and more complex tangents that bear more relation to The Cranberries than the lo-fi sound the band began with.

‘Please Be My Third Eye’ is the favourite of the night amongst the audience and the gratitude is etched on the Cheshire cat smile of Goodman and the gang. The eerie, ode to telepathy is reminiscent of Violet in its fragile nature that keeps the words resolutely human and honest. But Goodman rarely reveals her humanity except through the constant stream of songs, her on stage persona doesn’t move beyond thanking the audience – which is all that’s needed when they’re hanging on her every note. It’s this connection with the audience that bands strive for but Goodman can so easily achieve through her innocent but oh-so-likeable demeanour that leaves the Lexington feeling a part of something.

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