Tonight at North
London’s best new venue, Serge Pizzorno spun out a set made of the best from
his new brain child.
guitarist, now operating as The S.L.P.
played for a successive night at the Hackney venue in what were his first solo
shows in the capital.
Beginning the night on
‘Meanwhile…In Genova’, the theatre hall was dropped into darkness, as
projectors began to play out cinematic images. This track is one that could
slide easily into a Tarantino sound track.
This theatric element
to the show’s opening moment would go on to bleed into each turn of a
performance where all systems were go.
Serge is clearly
loving his time in the spotlight, naming his solo project after himself, and
placing his band behind the screens that continuously threw out captivating
Whilst in Kasabian, Serge
functions alongside the swaggering Tom Meighan, with attitude as it is. Yet
here, under this new identity, he takes it up a level.
different outfits, he laps up the showmanship, asking for cheers from different
sections of the crowd before whipping them into a tense build-up to picking up
his guitar for the first time. Everything is an event. Everything is for show.
Using the space to his
full advantage, Serge dived into the crowd, running up stairways and getting on
shoulders. ‘Favourites’ is a song that sounds like a Kasabian lovechild, thus
earning the biggest reception on the night.
Meanwhile ‘Nobody Else’,
is the summertime hit made for the masses. It is processed gloriousness,
dripping in 90’s dance keys and acid-house BPM levels.
The pop elements of this new direction stand to attention on ‘The Wu’, where Serge’s voice is tweaked to sound like a Will.I.Am track. A brave move for an artist with a fanbase founded on straight-up guitar rock.
The extended instrumental at the track’s end was the tightest the band sounded all night.
This was a set where
Serge properly announced himself. The S.L.P. is daring, it is fresh and it is
seeking you out.