With Myspace alumni covering ground from Sonic Youth to Battles, P&L cut an ambiguous shape, but come together with something impressively succinct. 2007’s Mapmaker LP offered a boisterous celebration of cutting guitars, sparse electronics, and rackety vocals. And, much to their credit, P&L manage to keep their hooks tuneful, their vocals audible and their songs frighteningly relevant. Keyboardist/vocalist Dan Friel may look like Prince Harry on a gap year, but the energy he offers the live performance - now enhanced by demure guitarist Sarah Lipstate - is anything but stuffy. Together with B.J. Warshaw, Friel's harmonies provide a settling backdrop amidst a sonic invasion which at times belies the band's relative anonymity on these shores.
P&L are treating the UK to a handful of dates, kicking off at Cafe Saki on Saturday 12 July. While they're over here perhaps they'll find a bit of time to learn how to spell.
Words: Jake Richards