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Show Info: La Femme

Support: Jacques

 

GA standing room. All ages.

Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event.

 


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La Femme

“We became friends with some Californian surfers who were in Biarritz for surfing contests. We wanted to travel and play outside France so our new friends helped us make connections; we earned a little money with summer jobs and flew to California a few months later. It was crazy; we ended up doing 27 gigs in 3 months!” Since hitting the west coast, the gang’s reputation for finely tuned and taught stark anthems has spread like sea spray. No sooner than their debut album was released, it hit No.1 in the French digital charts and La Femme became the cover darlings for Magic, this summer they made crowds dance across Europe's premier festivals. They have been accosted to find words of praise from directors like Jacques Audiard and Romain Gavras, to legends Jean Michel Jarre and Hedi Slimane - who used La Femme’s version of Oh Baby Doll in his Saint Laurent campaign featuring Cara Delevingne. However La Femme are inclusive, not exclusive. “Nothing is frozen. La femme is a solar system. We don't like the idea of having a leader or a chief: everyone brings to the band what they can and want,” explains Sacha Got (guitarist). Joined by his compadre Marlon Magnée (keyboard player), La Femme began in coastal town Biarritz before the pair moved to Paris. And they soon met up with Sam Lefevre (bass guitarist), Nunez Ritter (percussions) and Noé Delmas (drummer) also seeker of teenage kicks. Nodding towards 60s yéyé stars France Gall and Françoise Hardy, vocalists Clémence Quélennec, Clara Luciani, Jane Peynot and Marilou Chollet have also moonlighted adding to the enigma and elegance that is La Femme; "The perfect female voice probably doesn’t exist so there are several singers on the album and it fits well with the group name,” the boys explain. “It suggests that the woman is a mystery." From La Femme’s fluid line-up and travels comes Psycho Tropical Berlin; a millefeuille of psychedelia, rockabilly, electro, and punk infused surf. Inspired by a love of vintage sounds made by Gene Vincent, The Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk what has emerged is a grim-meets-glam genre of its own; like a new-wave rave filtered through The Ventures’ back catalogue. “It’s a melting pot of strange, hypnotic and mental moods (Psycho), sunny, positive vibes and beachy surf (Tropical); and cold, binary electro (Berlin),” explains Marlon. “We like to use the name of a town as an adjective or concept; such as Berlin for a cold mood, or London for a weird mood, or L.A. or Frisco for a peaceful mood.” Written within the depths of a Parisian basement and surrounded by sheep and trees at a house in Biarritz, those contrasts are clear. Whilst the song Sur La Planche (EN: On the Board) hurls down gigantic waves of surf guitar with ease and style, and Hypsoline is a monster mash up of trembling synths and deadpan vocals - like an Addams Family luau floor-filler. A more stripped back Stereolab sweetness is offered by the erotic Bauhaus Rococo of It's Time To Wake Up (2023) and Nous Étions Deux. At times synthetic, always hypnotic, and turning on a centime from aggressively dark to flippantly light-hearted, La Femme has one goal: “To touch people, to be touched by people and generally protest against worldwide assholes.

 

Jacques

Jacque + Jacque = Jacques is the perfect equation that summarizes the multifaced identity of this artist with a disturbed haircut.

Born in Strasbourg, he came to Paris at 19 years old where he founded the collective Pain Surprises with which he has organized wild parties and created a record label.

His first EP « Tout est Magnifique » was released through Pain Surprises in 2015. On this record, Jacques knits garlands of sounds from the noises of nature and everyday objects that he has collected. The 4 songs of this EP reveal a music at the crossroads of techno and concrete music: the « transversal techno ».

The tracks « La Tournure des Choses » and « Faites Quelque Chose » are cadenced by the metronomic mechanism of an old clock and structured around a melody made from creaking wooden floors, fire crackling, rapid breathing and glass breakage.

On « Tout est Magnifique », the cries of the seagulls mixed with the soft violins bring Jacques to admit that « there is something that (he) doesn’t understand ».

Actually, we do understand that Jacques sculpts his music in the noise material he collects and delivers an unexpected and original sound poetry.

During his live shows, Jacques invites the public to bring everyday objects (plastic cups and keys are accepted but no shoes nor sandwiches, according to him) to construct exciting tracks live on stage. He makes a techno beat by looping sounds taken from the everyday objects and then creates melodic patterns together with guitar and vocals.

At first, his confidential performances were organized in Parisian artistic squats that he co-founded himself, such as Point G and Wonder, but soon his fascinating live sets attracted bigger crowds, curious to meet the man.   

Every set is unique: Sometimes Jacques’s performance is intimate, the audience receives headphones and is invited to an attentive listening session close to meditation; Sometimes Jacques’s performance is based on powerful techno tracks built for huge warehouses like at Sonar and Dour Festival this year.

 

Today, Jacques is back from the future where, as he said, he met a lot of smart people and made a lot of contacts. He has released a new single last june « Dans la Radio » and is currently pursuing his philosophical quest of the Vortex singing « We all listen to the same song but don’t hear it the same way »; let’s meditate on that !



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