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Mad Foxes (FR) / Post-punk, grunge
Mad Foxes has both the phlegm of the English post-punk scene and the spontaneity of Seattle grunge. The band's intense & incandescent lyrics and indelible love for Slaves, All Them Witches and Shame are just a few of the many things they have to offer. "Ashamed", the band's second album, evokes subjects that are necessary & in*me. Male toxicity and patriarchy are ques*oned on the tracks Ashamed and Gender Eraser. The search for one's place is frontal on Propeller, with introspection on the ballad Home. Love is cynical on Crystal Glass, insurmountable on Fear of Love. The Cheapest Friend shows us that the friend to rely on when you're down is often called anxiety. After having accompanied bands like MNNQNS, Toybloid, Clavicule or We Hate You Please Die - played on numerous festival & club stages in France, Germany and Belgium; the band returns in 2021 with heart and sweat. Brace yourselves, Foxes are coming.
Baston (FR) / Krautrock
Far from their sunny garage pop debut in 2013, Baston continue to dig the furrow of a cold, hypnotic and haunting music, where keyboards take more and more place, from composition to mix. It took six years for the Finisterian trio Baston to release their first album, Primates, at the end of 2019. The band, joined by a fourth member on keyboards in 2018, came out of a three-year silence with a first LP that was a punch, revealing a hypnotic and perfectly mastered motorik rock, unanimously acclaimed by the specialized press at its release.
Diamond Dog (FR) / Post punk
An obvious reference to Bowie's album. This dystopian punk and poetic vision begins to take shape in 2020 and becomes a reality with the full band in 2021. The tone is set: timeless tracks and a strong post-punk identity in the sound and composition of the songs. We find the will to surf on the new wave essence of the 80's by privileging the emotional proposal and the urgency of the rhythms proper to this style. The texts inspired by cinema or literature subtly lead the tracks towards an assumed abstract writing. Post-punk, surf and psychobilly sounds, as many influences that mark the path of each member (Demented are Go, Astro Zombies, Falkor, VanLock...) Somewhere between the transcendence of the Cramps and the harmonies of Franz Schubert, centuries apart, but a common sensitivity in which the group finds itself entirely.
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Zombie Zombie (FR) / Krautrock
It had to happen. They went too far. By dint of digging backwards in the Italo-disco bins, they ended up going back to antiquity. As a result, they sing in Latin. Not the kitchen Latin of the abominable Era, no, no, good old family Latin, which they went to Erasmus, hiring a neo-Latinist to sequence his adages properly. It doesn't matter: you'll find everything you love about Zombie Zombie, starting with this musical know-how that makes you mistake bladders for lanterns. We thought they had hired a bass player on Erebus, but no, it's still synthesizers (SH-101). The vocoders are pushed to their limits. Sax, trumpet and percussion colour this crazy album (VAE VOBIS) even more.
TH Da Freak (FR) / Contemporary garage
For a good year now, the young man from Bordeaux, Thoineau Palis, has been slowly but surely establishing himself at the forefront of the French independent scene under the alias of TH Da Freak. Regularly labelled "slacker" by the press, in reference to his obvious obsession with the laid-back guitars of Pavement, Superchunk, Sebadoh and other figures of a fantasized 90's indie rock (Palis was born in 1993), there is however little laziness in his approach; just a certain form of nonchalance in this way of chaining records together, without too much consideration for the usual M.O. of the record companies.
Borja Flames (FR / ESP) / Synthwave
He has three brains, a thousand lives, past or parallel, and his name is Borja Flames. Spanish, Parisian, Burgundian, cosmonaut, we don't know anymore. His face is that of a pope, a king, a lion, a faun or a melancholic centaur. He is well dressed, with pellet holes and a beard: Merovingian. We knew him in June et Jim, of which he was the southern face (in the other hemisphere: Marion Cousin), a duo recently transfigured under the name Catalina Matorral, a real electronic pastoral.
Dewaere (FR / AU) / Noise punk
If you were to live your last hours in your underwear in the middle of rubble, strolling by a miraculously intact swimming pool, DEWAERE's Slot Logic would be the perfect soundtrack to your peri-mortem short film. Between vinegar guitars and MG-42 drums, the band's sick noise-rock hits are listened to like you're about to throw your first grenade: with your heart beating, ready to pounce.
Gwendoline (FR) / Shlag wave
Gwendoline is a duo-antihero of the Rennes indie scene. Sensitive loosers and jaded start-up nation greats, Micka and Pierre shape their own style, a dark shlag wave in a percussive and poetic spoken-word style, with the primary source of inspiration being barroom discussions, watching those around them. Between fatalistic lyrics, self-mockery, sarcasm and bitterness of the world's mediocrity, their sincere coldwave is the symbol of a disenchanted youth and the perfect soundtrack to protest.
Miët (FR) / Rock, Cold wave
Does loneliness lead to meeting others? Although always alone on stage and in the studio, Miët expresses how much the discovery of otherness nourishes her creation, to the point of having chosen a title in German for this second album: Ausländer. For the Nantes-based singer, this term means the magic of an unexplained but familiar word. This "foreigner", or more exactly this "other", seems to take on the appearance of a character that we learn to discover throughout the ten tracks of the album.