The recent success of French rock bands such as Aline and La Femme has inspired a plethora of new acts to follow in their wake. While the worst of these are derivative and pretty forgettable, acts such as Pendentif have got the critics talking about a new wave of fresh talent in France’s rock scene. Displaying influences from Pulp and Metronomy, and from Californian surf rock, as well as French bands, Pendentif’s music is a sort of transatlantic cross-pollination of styles. It works remarkably well, the choruses in English blending nicely into the sweet, almost naïve pop hooks. To celebrate the forthcoming release of their hotly anticipated debut album ‘Mafia Douce’, they’ll be playing at the Maroquinerie this Thursday. Look forward to a night of slinky, floaty pop-rock par excellence.