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Live Review: Kyla La Grange at Norwich Waterfront

21st November 2011

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A recent signing to Chess Club Records – the label responsible for the likes of Local Natives and Wave Machines – Kyla La Grange is the kind of artist it feels wrong to watch as a support act. Striking, pained lyrics combined with rock-driven guitar riffs and modest stage banter, she's the real deal.

Kyla La GrangeKyla herself is mesmerising; this is the most noticeable thing when she and her band first arrive on the stage. With a glitter-covered face, a rock ‘n’ roll guitar strapped across her middle and seductive sways to the music, before Kyla even opens her mouth to sing, the audience is hers. When she hits the first vocal note, it’s something else entirely, with her phenomenal voice booming desperately around the walls of the venue.

After storming through remarkably catchy singles ‘Been Better’ and ‘Heavy Stone’, Kyla offers up fresh tunes alongside B-sides and songs already familiar from SoundCloud and YouTube pages. In this all too short thirty minute set, the strength of the songs is astounding, and the audio-hungry audience is left wanting more. The too-cool-to-care teenage girls want to be Kyla; the oldies are busy nattering about how pretty she is and how exciting it is to see a woman doing rock songs.

Kyla’s natural beauty combined with the pleasing visual and sonic quality of the performance makes it easy to become completely enthralled. She already has that kind of innate star quality that tells you she’s heading for great things.

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