Zoot Woman: London The End

All we needed here tonight was Molly Ringwald having an emotional conversation with Andrew McCarthy...

Zoot Woman: London The End

Close your eyes and you could be in a Manhattan nightclub, circa 1983. Opening your eyes has the same effect. There's three good looking young men, dressed in matching white suits strutting to good time, electro pop rock, their gait assured and their eyes steely.

The group is the baby of Stuart Price, aka Jacques Lu Cont of Les Rythmes Digitales. Undoubtedly one of this country's brightest young musicians, Price has built on LRD's unashamedly retro electro dance music and brought in songs that wouldn't sound out of place on any 'Best Of The 1980s' compilation tape. All we needed here tonight was Molly Ringwald having an emotional conversation with Andrew McCarthy at the bar to complete the picture.

Think Human League, think Duran Duran, think, gulp, Hall & Oates, and you're halfway to Zoot Woman's sound. While in print this may sound horrific, the reality is fantastic, because Price has crafted some genuinely affecting pop songs out of his '80s chemistry kit. Luckily, the impeccably groomed frontman John Blake has more than enough vocal skills to carry it off.

Forthcoming single 'You And I' and the impossibly catchy 'It's Automatic' are set highlights, but tonight's debut gig is full of them. Like LRD, Zoot Woman is a fun night out, but Stuart Price's latest incarnation boasts much better tunes. If the year 2001 is the year that the '80s revival kicks in for sure, then Zoot Woman will provide its soundtrack.

Andy Capper

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