Florrie - XOYO, London
Given the deluge of female singer-songwriters out there, it seems everyone needs a gimmick or selling point to stand out and Florrie has a pearl of a ‘did you know?’ pub fact. A former in-house drummer for Xenomania, Florrie Arnold has wielded the sticks for the likes of Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue but if tonight’s set at XOYO tells us anything, it’s that front-and-centre is where she belongs. An animated and high energy performer, whether or not her polished dance-pop is up your musical street, it's hard not to enjoy the show.
With her most recent effort (the Sony-endorsed ‘Live A Little’) dispatched early on in the hour-long set, it’s clear that she doesn’t lack confidence, choosing instead to make four new songs the focus of her set. The funk-tinged ‘Stupid Boy’ is an instant hit, its simple but effective chorus creating pockets of singalongs and finding its way onto Twitter by the end of the night. If we were being churlish, there’s definitely a formula to the newbies – often a slow start, be it by piano or guitar, before this gives way to the relentless synths – but it’s all sharply honed and prompts immediate head-nodding responses.
Tonight’s might not be the toughest crowd to win over, but that doesn’t stop Florrie from giving it her all on stage. When loosed from the constraints of the guitar, the stage is her dancefloor and she utilises every inch, often before giving us a drum solo with a kit – for once – finding a prime spot at the front of stage. It’s an irresistible combination and backed by an abundance of lights, it’s easy to imagine her commanding a bigger room than the somewhat intimate XOYO surroundings.
As if to underline the point, the set concludes with fan favourite ‘Call 911’ which threatens to rattle the foundations with its club-level synths. With three self-released EPs and a solid fanbase behind her, there’s every chance that – with the right backing – Florrie could launch an assault on the UK charts in 2013.
LIVE A LITTLE
SHOT YOU DOWN
LOOKING FOR LOVE
LEFT TOO LATE
LITTLE WHITE LIES
GIVE ME YOUR LOVE