Monday 12 November 2018

Gigs' Reviews : Hanging around and over in Toulouse. Cannibal Animal, Jet Reactions, the Liminanas, Bloody Mary Une Chica Band, Sister Mindtrap

A training course in Toulouse in November 2018 ? Hell yeah ! That's mainly the good opportunity to go there for local gigs and live it up! A little groundwork before leaving Reunion Island - contacts with some gigs' organisations and scheduling of the forthcoming shows (thanx to Distorama (x) agenda!), some mails to my friends there,- and that's it, bye bye to my sunny daily life & beloved family !
A hard 10hours' night in the plane and exhausting transfers later, I finally meet my friends at night and we all jump together to the Ravelin place.

Cannibal Animal + Human Pet - 03/11/2018 - Le Ravelin - Bitume Rugueux

Le Ravelin  is a small bar located in the St Cyprien district, one of those perfect-for-gigs-in-the-close-neighborhood bars : a rock'n'roll bartender offering quite fair fees and meals to the bands, dealing with enthusiastic little gigs' organisations and selling not too expensive beers. Looking at its agenda (x) make understand why it is often compared to a local CGBG.

This week-end, Bitume Rugueux (x) is organizing a 2-days postpunk festival. This charming, smart 2-members organisation (Aurore & Amaury) produces some tapes' recordings of local bands in which they are involved (Asphalt - the most interesting French punk band over the last 5 years for sure !, ArmureThe Space PadlocksBogan). Beside this project, they organize many post-punk/garage punk/weirdos punk/oldschool hxc/Rock'n'Oi gigs , mostly in this place, inviting uprising, international or French bands. Check their bandcamp (x) for the label & facebook (x) for the events !

Yesterday, they had Casual Hex (x) (a girly, mid-tempo, dark cold-punk band from Seattle), Hyäne  (x)(a fast-tempo post-punk from Berlin with anthems' like german songs – Pinoreks(x)) little brothers?) and Fotomatic (x) (really addictive and jumpy tunes for this new local girl's singing post-punk band). I won't have the chance to discover them « live » but I always love to dig up for some new catchy punk bands. Tonight is now the British part of this festival! 

The first to play is a post-punk/melodic hardcore/noise trio from London : Human Pet (x). Wall of guitar crashing your face on fast and melodic songs... Post-punk tunes with energic beats and appropriate guitar surges and choirs that reminds the early albums of The Fall... Noisy feedbacks on haunting songs. A nice show! Permanent Creeps records (x) released their debut (digital) ep « Linda Pinky » early 2018.

While climbing on the tiny stage, we all know the rough, stylish guys of Cannibal Animal (x) are going to give us an stunning show ! There're coming from Hull, a Yorshire's austere-style town rebuilt after ww2 bombings. This one for the context...

The long-bearded, short-hair bassist with revolving eyes seems to be possessed by the music, the angry-face singer jumps and climbs everywhere in the bar, yelling to death his aggressivity and sleaziness, the cold-looking guitarist handles his instrument like a powerful chainsaw, the tough drummer kicks his drums heavily as if it's a question of survival. What a fucking wild experience!!! A band to catch live!! The performance, the madness, the violence, the desperation and the complex cold punk/post-punk /death-punk mixture reminds me both of Frustration (x) and Turbonegro (x) ... Two Cds and some digital singles can be listened or bought on their bandcamp. 

End of the gig... The opportunity for me to speak a bit with the members of Cannibal Animal (really nice, almost shy guys, they're touring on a 3-dates-2000kms first tour in France (Le Havre, Toulouse, then Normandy again in Cherbourg - Where you can measure their high motivation !)), and with the Asphalt crew. Thanx to all of them !

Street exhibition of steampunk Machines - 04/11 - Streets of Toulouse

We all know about these mechanical, giant machines based on the island of Nantes : Les Machines de l'île (x). Initially, the project was created in the 80's by Le Royal Deluxe, a street art, theater and mechanical structures' creations' company.. There's a great video about their South American tour with La Mano Negra (x) in 1991. The company has grown up bigger and is now well-known for the building of huge steampunk creatures and structures (the giant elephant, mechanical merry-go-round...).

Beside the city of Nantes, they're opening another place in Toulouse to exhibit their products : Le Halle de La Machine (x). For the inauguration of this place, the city hall of Toulouse organizes this week-end a huge street exhibition of 2 moving, giant mecha-Machine (a 10m-high Spider and a 15m-high Minotaur). Lots of people were hanging around the streets to watch these 2 amazing structures. Crowded places aren't my cup of tea, but I must admit the show was surprising...

Francky & the Saboteurs - 07/11 - Radio FM'R
Jet Reactions - 08/11 - Le Ravelin - Organisation : Le Blob 

The beginning of the week is quiet : jet lag effects and temperature differences with Reunion island, the cold I manage to catch this week-end, the training course I need to perform … Anyway, interesting things have started again from the mid-week.

Beers, wine, ducky restaurant with friends... We move then to Radio FMR, a local radio place where the VOMIX (x) art exhibition and a rock'n'roll gig is organized tonight. We arrive early enough to see the end of the show of Francky & the Saboteurs. The guitarist/singer seems to be back from the mid 80's, physically and musically speaking... The sound looks like those French provincial-cities forgotten rock bands such as Les Privés (x)... Funny and quite old-fashion stuffs, and a good try of the local cacao-flavored beers before the next pub...

Same kind of party night with the friends the day after with a first stop at the Dispensary for the Fränek (x) exhibition (the 1st Cathedrale (x) 7inch artwork among other things) and a longer break for a show at Le RavelinLe Blob (x), a punk/garage/mods gigs' organiser, has invited the punk77 Jet Reactions (x) from Bordeaux. The band has been created by the leading members of the now-dead Flying Over (French punk77 from the mid 00's). The bassist's play is impressive, the girly vocals are nice and at the end, we've got here a rather energic stuff walking on the steps of the Gee Strings and other Briefs-like bands. The crew is/was also involved in many other great bands from Bordeaux' area : Arno de Cea & the Clockwork Wizards (x) (brutal surf), Complications (x)(lo-fi garage), the Wild Bud (swampy garage/surf), Videodrome (x)(synth-punk)... The girly singer and lead guitarist also rule the label Adrenalin Fix Music (x), they released a 7inch of the band this year. 

The Liminanas - 09/11 - La Halle des Machines 

Since the release of their first 7inch on Hozac Records, not a week has happened without a song of this band from Perpignan at home. We finally managed to see them live at La Reunion (at le Kabardock) a few months ago. So I'm pretty glad to jump on this show in Toulouse and see them again !
The Liminanas (x) has been formed with former French members of the fantastic Les Bellas (x)(great mid 2000's «Girls in the Garage» style band ), El Vicio (mid 2000's lo-fi garage) , Beach Bitches (mid 90's garage punk/surf) and Hair & the Iotas (x)(great garage band, still active, they were touring La Reunion 4 years ago). A great background that easily explains this perfect mixture of psychedelism, pop, garage, punk, rock'n'roll with Ennio Morricone-like musical arrangements.

Since the last week-end mecha-Machines' exhibition, the two structures have been parked at La Halle des Machines. Today is the inauguration's day of this place. The band has been invited to play on an outdoor stage. It's cold outside, but all the steampunk structures, industrial pipes with fire flammes and braseros warm up the atmosphere. Lots of curious people and families are discovering the band. Funny to see Les Liminanas in such a place... 

The gig is perfect even if the show is quite the same as the one played in La Reunion. They've good damned good songs that take you high, a happy complicity of the leading couple on stage, a perfect symbiosis among the musicians, the vocals are magic (girl and male singers, alternately), no talks, just great tunes. A great great band !

Bloody Mary Una Chica Band + Sisters MindTrap - 10/11 - Le Ravelin

Back to Le Ravelin again for a Brazilian girls garage show ! Three smiling girls for a two bands' set that has been touring France for a few days to introduce its 7inch-split released this year on the Et Mon Cul c'est du Tofu ? (x) label. Sadly for them, there's only 20 people in the place and the atmosphere will remain a bit calm and polite... 

Sisters MinTrap (x) is a pretty cool bluesy garage duo ! A girl at the mid-tempo drums, the other singing (should I say miowing ?) and playing on its guitar trashy blues tunes with grungy surges. A really nice discovery ! They've got also a self-released vinyl recording.

Bloody Mary Una Chica Band (x) is a one-girl band, with a grungy guitar, bluesy beat drums and lo-fi garage yelling vocals, all together. A good show ! She also released a 7inch ep on the same French label.

The girls perfom at the end an encore as a trio with a delightful Gun Club cover (« for the love of Ivy »). Waow, this one is just awesome and the small audience hailed them for it !

A Deaf Audience - 11/11 - The Dispensary

The Dispensary (x) is a great English pub in the St Cyprien district : a hot, warm place (that matters above all for tropicalized people coming during the mainland's winter !), good burgers, good beers and located abeam Le Ravelin. They sometimes have good bands playing there too. And the advertising in the men's toilets brings a funny hint... It has been my headquarker and my friends' meeting place since the beginning of the stay... 
So, last party in Toulouse. A short speech about A Deaf Audience, playing there tonight: a Muse-like stuff and definitely not my cup of tea... Lots of drinks with the friends, interesting talks with Le Ravelin's bartender & his wife, and great ones with the Asphalt crew in the place... 
Sad to leave Toulouse, especially when, the incredible Minneapolis Uranium Club, AsphaltArmureFotomaticCathedrale,  La Flingue and many more are playing in the next days... But what an intense, stunning week !
End of the night at Le Filochard with Cuban songs, funny Burkinabe rastas, serious Costa Rican Commies and a friendly bartender happy to offer lots of rhum shots to a lost Reunion guy. He managed to kill me...
A good hangover later and after being high for a long day in airports, I finally fall in a 10hours non-stop sleep on the return flight. Back to my happy family and chilling life... 

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Compilation : Good time and Bad Time in Reims

Here's a player with a compilation of French punk/garage bands that has remained in my heart since that Reims' 1998 to 2009 good and bad times. Let's shut up now and play the music!


Monday 29 October 2018

Moody Notes : Two stupid jerks in Reims...

Holy shit ! 10 years ! 10 years have passed since my last punk garage gig's scheduling in Reims ! After that, things went on an other rock'n'roll way : a serious relationship, two kids, a dog, a cat, a parenthood on the shoulders and a huge move to La Reunion island in 2009 for the work and the cool sunny life ... Yet, the desire to get involved in garage/punk stuff has ever been there, the virus has never flown...

I met Boris W. in the pub Le Tigre at a gig in the early 00's. It was a few months after my arrival in Reims. I was kind of a skinhead-looking guy, he was a spiky street-punker involved in some local Oi band & punks' crew. Our first talk was a bit stretched. The atmosphere indeed was a bit nervy in Reims and around Paris at that time.... All those sharp/red/bonehead/skunk skinheads' things... All those stories about punks' crews fights which weren't my cup of tea - I had always lived my punk attitude on a pretty individualistic way...

Step by step, we managed to get to know each other, we met at local gigs, then started to make together occasional jumps to follow French punk bands we both loved (La Dérive des Incontinents (x)Warum Joe (x)Frustration (x), 8°6 Crew (x)..) and we finally stuck together...

Boris was more into oldschool-hardcore, street-punk and anarco-punk music as I had moved on more garage things (60's, garage punk, psyche...). But we had a common punk-listening background and we both deeply met up on many bands from that time : 77-punk bands (the Briefs (x)the Gee Strings (x)Périphérique Est (x), ), garage punk (Anteenagers (x), OhmFacom (x)...) and US-punk waves (the Spits (x)the Epoxies (x)...)

That was also a time Boris started to organise local-bands' gigs. After I moved from a suburb's small flat to a tiny, charming house in the city-center, we actually had the opportunity to welcome bands on fair bases, so we associated, created our organisation, Music For Stupid Jerks and Silly Girls (x), and started to make our favourite bands play in a close neighboor's bar : l'Excalibur. We had an awesome two-years of fantastic shows, wonderful moments, full of fun, rage and rock'n'roll ! A great symbiosis that went through our strong characters and our pervasive lost of money... Thank you for all those moments, dude !

Here’s the list of all the bands that played Reims for us between 2006 and 2008 : 

2006 : Rotten Cunt, J’aurais Voulu, Anteenagers MC, Périphérique Est, la Dérive des Incontinents, Frustration, les Cavaliers, the Marked Men, the Mean Things, the Pneumonias, the Poseurs, Hidden Charms, Blutt, the Rippers, the Normals, the Intellectuals, les Terribles, the Spits, les Volfonis, the Hipshakes, Cri d'AlertePolice On TV.

2007 : Tu Seras Terriblement Gentille, OhmFacom, Périphérique Est, Holy Ghost Revival, Clorox Girls, Aido Music System, Illegal Process, Ned, Passe-Montagne, Cactus, Motorama, Zebarges, Lutèce Borgia, Garage Lopez, OhmFacom, the Shocks, Punition Anale, Opération S, the Kidnappers, the Hipshakes, the Four Slicks, Live Fast Die, Komptoir Chaos, Riot Company, the Bloody Hollies, Sherif Perkins, Lover !.

2008 : Turpentine Brothers, the Gee Strings, the Norvins, Headache City, Cococoma, Illegal Process, Zampano, the Crusaders of Love, Brimstone Howl, the Last Rape of Mr Teach, the Manikins, Casköboll, Serious Shit, Los Dolares, OhmFacom, the Royal Pendletons, the Dusties, the Aversions, M.O.T.O.

Boris has kept on going this way since I left the ship, but he finally took off the gloves last year.

Below, I put down all the flyers of the gigs we settled up together. There are a few captures of live performances at l'Excalibur here

Monday 15 October 2018