Monday 29 April 2024

Live Review: L'objectif - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 26 April 2024

In support of their recently released self-produced EP 'The Left Side', Leeds-based outfit L'objectif returned to Cardiff for their debut headline show in the Welsh Capital.

Promptly arriving on-stage at 9pm, the band were quick to usher everyone forward as they began to warm up the room with their scintillating indie-pop anthems. 

Having missed their set at 2022's multi-venue gathering, Swn Festival, I was eager to catch them in the flesh as they've continued to progress with their maturing sound, and they certainly didn't disappoint.

From Puppy's buoyant melodies and bouncy rhythms, to The Conman that was delivered in all its glory with exhilarating guitars and high strung energy, the band's tightly knitted performance was enough to get the temperatures rising. All to the point frontman Saul Kane had to opt for a quick wardrobe change, much to the delight of fans. A perfect opportunity for him to plug their merch as he donned one of their own t-shirts. 

With their passionable delivery personified, the liveliness on stage soon transcended in to the crowd, who by this point had suitably limbered up as they competed for the loudest "yeow" in appreciation. 

With them yet to release an album, the West-Yorkshire four-piece have come a long way over the years, and despite the lack of an LP, have managed to amass enough material to play an almost hour long set that's all killer no filler.

With their latest release played in full amongst a strong selection of track's from their now impressive back-catalogue the evening sadly came to a culminative end. But not before their biggest hit as they dived in to the fan favourite The Dance You Sell. Described as a track that's written about the comfort we find in dullness that often stops people from excelling, it's certainly had the opposite effect on their output as they show no sign of slowing down.  

Throwing themselves in to its guitar intro, they wasted no time in exploding in to life amongst the track's fervent percussion and striking vocals, all before the band one by one stopped playing to join its acapella outro. A memorable and fitting finale to an evening spent in top company.

See L’objectif live in 2024:
01 May | The George Tavern, London
02 May | Prince Albert, Brighton
04 May | The 1865, Southampton
18 May | Get Together Festival, Sheffield


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