After making a spectacular appearance at Orange County’s annual Beach Goth, France’s La Femme made another stop in downtown Los Angeles last Tuesday night.
The eager crowd piled in as friends of La Femme started the evening off, The Pesos and The Buttertones. As if fans of La Femme needed any more pumping up, The Buttertones got a mosh pit whirling and glasses flying.
There I was, front and center, to stake my territory for photos, when La Femme made their grand entrance. The sold-out house pushed and pushed with energy for their favorite French electro/psychedelic/pop connoisseurs. We couldn’t forget Halloween was coming up with bass player Sam Lefèvre prancing about in a full-fledged clown costume. The leaders of the pack, Clémence Quélennec and Marlon Magnée got the widest applauses when they happily joined the stage. Clémence’s gorgeous vocals began the set with their track “Sphynx” off their recently celebrated sophomore album Mystère. Super delicate and mesmerizing, Clémence was. Then you have La Femme founder, Marlon, on keys. Wearing a white knit crop top with wild patterned flare pants, he came out ready to party. Once he took over on vocals for certain songs, he casually bounced onto the crowd at his leisure.
Overall, La Femme group is a party on wheels! Taking a chance to greet the crowd, Marlon exclaimed their gratitude and excitement whilst mentioning that La Femme will indeed pleasure us tonight. I survived being beat in the crowd for only so long until I made my way throughout the Regent to share the show with others. It was truly magical what these guys did on stage. Like I said, the energy is just unmatchable. The night shone strong with fan favorites such as “Antitaxi” and off the later album “Où va le monde.” Pure joy was shared among the entire room dancing and swaying along to songs they couldn’t sing the lyrics to, but felt the music. I know for a fact, this band makes me want to learn French.
Photography & Words: Danielle Gornbein