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Live Review: Indiana
November 6, 2014
Indiana (real name Lauren Henson) played the fourth of eight dates on her album titled ‘No Romeo’ tour at The Deaf Institute in Manchester on Sunday. It has been a lucky success story for the 27 year old – after uploading a cover of the song ‘Gabriel’ to YouTube, she was approached by John Beck, one of the song’s writers, who loved her version and was interested in collaborating with her. Two years later he has just produced her debut LP due for release on Epic on January 19th.
He is not the only big name to be a fan. Supported by BBC Introducing after submitting material to the East Midlands section of the scheme, Radio 1 DJs such as Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Rob Da Bank have all backed the songstress, who has since performed in the station’s ‘Live Lounge’ with fellow newcomer Rhodes, and at their Big Weekend festival in Glasgow this year.
Indiana came on stage to huge applause from the crowd, to perform her single ‘Heart On Fire’, a punchy electro inspired track that has hints of Robyn about it. Sporting a honey coloured curly bob and swathed in intricate tattoos, she definitely has the cool girl at school look to match the modern sound she creates.
Her voice deserves the title of ethereal – she has almost perfect vocal control, a huge achievement for somebody with no formal training, and her range is astonishing. On stage she is extremely modest of her talents, giggling and appearing coy in front of the audience, which is refreshing amongst today’s excess of cocky rock stars who are often too inebriated to perform to anywhere near their recordings’ standards (Indiana stuck to bottled water).
She played a good variation of tracks, most off the upcoming album, including current release ‘Jack’, older records ‘Mess Around’, ‘Smoking Gun’ and ‘Bound’, and her highest charting single to date, ‘Solo Dancing’ which reached number fourteen in April.
She plays her last show of the tour tomorrow evening at her hometown of Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms. Unfortunately it is a sold out event, but I would recommend keeping eyes open for the chance to watch Indiana live in the future, as she is not only a hard working mother of two with an incredible live voice, but a shining example of everything a contemporary performer should be.