Tucked down an alleyway just off the busy Shoreditch high street, The Hoxton Pony was the ideal venue for the launch of one of London’s finest 3 piece electro outfits Belleruche. By 7.30 the basement- which boasts a Funktion One soundsystem was packed out with mostly 20something hipsters cradling complimentary champagne. Whilst we were waiting the resident Dj kept everyone entertained with laid back house and techno.
When the band eventually took to the stage they were met with a warm reception, having yet to see Belleruche live I was intrigued to see what their performance would involve. There’s no other way of saying it, but the make-up of the group is weird. Picture a sultry female solo singer clad in a glitzy black dress, a geeky Dj glued to his synthesiser and a stereotypical bassist hidden behind a shaggy mop of hair. Undoubtedly a strange mix, but for some reason – much like a bloody mary – it just works. Kathrin DeBoer introduced the set with details of their up and coming European Tour before announcing that the crowd had made her feel ‘nervous enough’ and launching straight into a haunting vocal accompanied by rivets of bass and off kilter synths. She may have felt nervous, but she certainly didn’t sound it. Moloko-esque DeBeor has a unique stage presence, at times eclipsing her fellow band members which makes it seem as if all three are engaged in separate performances yet just happen to be on stage together. However, later on in the set when they dropped their single ‘Stormbird’ they really came together as a group and got the crowd moving.
By 9pm the audience were no longer cool and composed, they clamoured for an encore which Belleruche gladly obliged to, playing out 2 more tracks. The first of which had an oriental electro vibe and the latter reminded me of Donna Summer’s ‘Funky Town’ with a modern twist.
Overall, Belleruche get a 6/10.
Details of their up and coming tour can be found here: http://www.belleruche.com/#/show-dates/4530132134
Listen up here: www.soundcloud.com/Belleruche
Text: Lucy Molloy