The final shot of L’objectif’s recent live stream is a closeup of bassist Ezra Glennon lying on the floor, on the verge of hyperventilating, clutching his guitar like it’s the only thing keeping him alive. He’s spent 23 minutes writhing, leaping and wriggling around the stage; now it’s all exhaustion, relief, joy. The band’s current lineup was finalised in lockdown, and the Leeds teens have only ever played their electrifying indie rock to socially distanced crowds. But last week’s short show at local venue the Brudenell Social Club proves they’re ready for more. “Lockdown is so, so boring,” says singer-guitarist Saul Kane. “We need to be with our friends. We still can’t hack being on our own. We can’t wait to play.”
L’objectif was formed by Kane and best mate Louis Bullock when they were 12, sneaking away from drama rehearsals to practise in the music room. Five years on, the quartet haven’t finished school yet, but they’ve signed to Chess Club and released the excellent EP Have It Your Way, encouraged by their music-mad parents. Lead single Drive in Mind is one of the best debuts of 2021, a darkly delightful song about a cinema that screens the contents of people’s minds. It’s intense yet delicate, pure noise rippling through its noir pop. While they’re not sui generis by any means, they assemble familiar elements in a singular way. See them when you can.