After introducing us to her much-anticipated album ‘Supervision’ which will be released on February 7th, La Roux announced her exclusive Berlin concert on February 15th at Metropol – and we’re offering tickets to go to the show! To enter the competition email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your most ‘Gullible Fool’ story. ‘Supervision’ was introduced recently by ‘International Woman Of Leisure’, which premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World and hailed the return of one of British pop’s true outliers. La Roux confirmed details of a global tour beginning at Fabric on February 5th (which sold out immediately), with a further London date and many more now added worldwide.
Like most minor epiphanies, ‘Gullible Fool’ arrived at a moment of complete preoccupation with something else. In her final ‘Supervision’ recording sessions with co-producer Dan Carey, Elly found herself up late finishing an altogether different song (‘Everything I Live For’), but felt strangely compelled to sit down at the piano on her way to bed. What came out – ‘Gullible Fool’ – is perhaps the most affecting and ambitious record La Roux has released to date, capturing not just a musical evolution but a far deeper shift within Elly herself.
In her own words, ‘Gullible Fool’ “is the most special and meaningful song on the record for me, because I feel like it encapsulates a cycle of a life, and that couldn’t have happened if I wasn’t in the process of writing something else. It describes the feeling of being overly trusting, and living under the assumption that you shouldn’t need to protect yourself if you are nice to people. I think there comes a day in everyone’s life where you realise that it’s not that people aren’t to be trusted, but more that firm boundaries are necessary. And sometimes that can carry a sadness. ‘Gullible Fool’ covers several times in my life when I’ve been bullied and it’s taken me totally by surprise, and then moves into the build of the inner fortress to a place of safety and joy.”
‘Gullible Fool’ arrives with an accompanying video which features Elly performing the track in a kaleidoscope of colour.
Automatic Driver – A breakup song with a twist, ‘Automatic Driver’ describes that moment in a relationship where (as Elly sings) you quietly “realise it’s an ending”, and the catharsis that comes from finally being honest with each other. “Automatic Driver’ is about finding out who in a relationship is on autopilot,” she says. “In our case, it turns out it was both of us. I was surprised, even while I was first singing it, by what was coming out of my mouth.”
La Roux is Elly Jackson, a Grammy-winning and BRIT and Mercury-Prize-nominated artist and producer who shot to worldwide fame with her debut self-titled album. Featuring generation-defining hits like ‘In For The Kill’ and ‘Bulletproof’, the record sold over 6 million singles worldwide and – in addition to collaborations with the likes of Skream, Kanye West, and Major Lazer – helped reshape pop as we now know it. Elly’s second album, ‘Trouble In Paradise’, was a critically-adored reinvention in sound and look, topping the Dance/Electronic charts in the US and landing La Roux her second top 10 record in the UK. Having since featured on records ranging from Tyler, The Creator to New Order, Elly’s status as one of the UK’s genuine musical trailblazers was thrown into stark new light on returning single, ‘International Woman of Leisure’; on one hand a playful riposte to the debonair lifestyle of male privilege but also, crucially, an anthem about not taking anymore shit.
“Supervision” will be released on February 7th on La Roux’s label, Supercolour Records (via Believe), and can now be pre-ordered digitally, on CD, LP and cassette: https://laroux.ffm.to/supervision
Feb 05 – London, Fabric
Feb 11 – Paris, Elysee Montmartre
Feb 13 – Amsterdam, Melkweg Max
Feb 15 – Berlin, Metropol
Mar 02 – Toronto, ON, The Phoenix
Mar 03 – Montreal, QB, Corona
Mar 05 – Boston, MA, House of Blues
Mar 06 – Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
Mar 07 – Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
Mar 10 – Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
Mar 13 – Chicago, IL, Park West
Mar 14 – Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theatre
Mar 16 – Denver, CO, The Gothic
Mar 19 – Seattle, WA, Showbox Market
Mar 20 – Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom
Mar 21 – Portland, OR, Roseland Ballroom
Mar 23 – San Francisco, CA, The Regency
Mar 25 – Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda