Leeds’ L’objectif stake a claim for UK’s most exciting new band

Meet Leeds quartet L’objectif – a breakthrough new act you need firmly on your radar.

Fronted by Saul Kane, the West Yorkshire teens are turning heads with their scorching brand of stand-up-and-take-notice indie rock formulated through a love of jazz, hip-hop, punk and post-punk.

The time offered by Covid-enforced lockdown allowed frontman Saul to lock himself away in his home studio to record demo after demo, readying the foundations for L’objectif to make their mark on 2021 and beyond.

Now they’ve unleashed two, turbo-charged tracks in the form of Drive In Mind and Burn Me Out, released via Chess Club Records, to great acclaim, having been supported by the likes of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Apple Radio new music tastemaker Matt Wilkinson.

The four-piece, consisting of Saul, Louis Bullock, Ezra Glennon, and Dan Richardson, formed in 2017 as school pals aged just 12, sharing a love of Talking Heads, Pixies, King Krule and Connan Mockasin, to hone a thrilling sound that entwines angular guitar rhythms and Saul’s punchy vocal style with formidable results.

Signed to Chess Club Records, home to the likes of Alfie Templeman and Phoebe Green, L’objectif are another welcome addition to electrifying roster of UK and Irish guitar acts leading the charge right now.

Telly chat show star Jonathan Ross also counts himself a fan after retweeting an article on the lads with the caption: “Young indies! The world turns!”

Daily Star’s Rory McKeown caught up with Saul to talk about L’objectif’s career path so far, their influences, Drive In Mind, Chess Club Records, and their hopes ahead.

Hi guys, tell more more about L’objectif. Who’s in the band and when did you form?

“L’objectif consists of Saul Kane, Louis Bullock, Ezra Glennon and Dan Richardson. The band originally formed with just Louis and I back in 2017 when we were just 12.

“To make a four year story short Ezra and Dan were constantly in and out the band until around seven months ago when the band solidified as a four piece.”

How have the past 12 months been for you as a band?

“Well it’s not even been a year since we released our first demo on streaming services, so a lot has happened in a short amount of time for sure.

“The second half of 2020 was very exciting for us, we got attention from the industry that we hadn’t ever received before, so it made lockdown not so boring.

“We're definitely desperate to get out and play music, but as a time to record and produce music the pandemic has allowed us to be very creative so I think we used this time away from normality quite well.”

You’ve just unveiled your debut single Drive In Mind. When did you write it? What’s the song about?

“The song was constantly evolving. Normally I like to sit down and write a song all in one go. This time was different, we were constantly changing parts and the lyrics weren’t fully finished till the day we went down to record it.

“The song is just a collection of thoughts and observations with the idea of your inner thoughts on a big screen for everyone to see, a drive in a cinema for your mind, hence the name.”

You’re from Leeds. What’s the scene like there right now and how has it moulded you as an act?

“Honestly we haven’t been in an around the Leeds scene long enough. We were too young to get booked for any gigs to be fair. I probably wouldn’t say it has moulded us or our sound at all but our teenage years watching gigs in Leeds in our favourite venues has definitely inspired us.”

Who are your main inspirations and influences – either musically or personally?

“Artists such as Talking Heads, The Velvet Underground and Pixies are definitely some examples of our inspirations. Current artists such as King Krule and Connan Mockasin as well are definitely influential. Their use of jazz language in indie music is something we very much admire.”

Telly legend Jonathan Ross recently tweeted an article about L’objectif. That must have been a surprise?

“Yeah it was mad. Completely random but it was obviously amazing to get recognition from him, we were all completely surprised.”

You’re signed to Chess Club Records, home to the likes of Alfie Templeman, Pixey, Phoebe Green and Coach Party. How supportive are they as a label?

“They are extremely supportive. It’s great to work with some one with the same passion for the music as you do.

"Will and Peter are amazing people and have really helped us feel comfortable in the early stages of our career, it’s been an amazing experience so far.”

Are there any acts you’re enjoying right now?

“We are digging a lot of new artists. To name a couple, black midi are killing it, absolutely freakish music, and Drug Store Romeos, they are amazing.”

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What are your next steps? Do you have an ultimate goal?

“There is no ultimate goal. Just make the best music we can, play the best we can and ultimately make a statement in the world. This is only the start.”

L’objectif’s singles Drive In Mind and Burn Me Out are out now via Chess Club Records

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