If you’re heading out to see La Roux in late November or early December we highly recommend that you arrive early to catch the support act. He goes by the stage name of Meanwhile (his real name is the distinctly normal Tom Andrews) and in terms of live performance he’s one of the grooviest and liveliest new kids on the block.
Having already made a couple of appearances on Breaking More Waves earlier this year Meanwhile is gearing up to release his debut EP, The Element Yes, through Fiction on December 1st. Besides the La Roux slots (which are a very well matched support) he also plays a headline date at the Sebright Arms, London on October 27th.
Early comparisons suggested that Prince was a big influence on Meanwhile’s music – something we wouldn’t disagree with, his small number of shows and songs so far certainly had the funk. New tune All For The Taking takes a slightly different route though. It journeys from smooth lightly pounding electronic music that sounds a little like 80’s weird synth popster Thomas Dolby to a momentary fizzy rock wig-out, before calming things down again.
We’re looking forward to hearing the whole of The Element Yes which has been described to us as taking its name, in part, from those lessons learned in awkward adolescence. Don't forget La Roux fans - get there early - you won't regret it.
Meanwhile - All For The Taking