Although they're quite popular in their native England, electropop group La Roux are still trying to make a name for themselves on this side of the pond. They are well aware that it's going to take a lot of work if they want to enjoy the same level of fame they've found in the U.K. — the level of fame that allows them to book shows as big as the Glastonbury Festival.
"You come to America and you start from scratch again — it's not like you come over here and you're the same that you are in the U.K.; you can't expect that," frontwoman Elly Jackson told MTV News. "So you come over here and you start again, and you start doing the same kind of press that you did six months ago in the U.K. You have to work it again."
But they aren't looking for overnight success and fame in any country — like many bands before them, they have been the subject of what Jackson calls "overhype."
"There's a lot of hype involved, for sure — this year has been the year of overhype. We've been overhyped ... and I think everyone gets overhyped," she explained. "People express this, like, massive fascination in something when they've heard, like, half a demo, or been to one show. And it's like, 'Hang on a minute, let's see how the year goes and then hype them.' "
And while the band wear their '80s dance-pop influences on their sleeves, they don't want you to start throwing around Lady Gaga comparisons just yet. Jackson thinks that's "really lazy."
"Obviously we knew that dance music was coming more into the pop arena, but I didn't know about acts like Lady Gaga, or Little Boots, or Ladyhawke when we were making the record, so it's not like we were aware that we were going to be part of this 'new wave,' " she said. "But it is frustrating — it is lazy — when they go, 'Oh, it's got a synth, it's '80s' ... we're not trying to deny it, but you don't want to talk about it over and over again.
"We've taken a lot of influence from the '80s," she said. "But hopefully we've made something new out of that."