Band of the Day

2012.11.27

Les Sans Culottes

Francophile septet from Brooklyn with a certain je ne sais quoi
Said he spirited Mona Lisa from the Louvre, but the writer of 'Alcools' was a spirits lover. Lived in the zone of pure desire, the great French language versifier.
lyrics from Apollinaire

The "seven-headed beast from the hard-scrabble streets of Menilmontant," Brooklyn Francophonic rockers, Les Sans Culottes, borrowed their name from the ill-clad (i.e., long-trousered) citizen-soldiers of the French Revolution. The band's sound is a musical melange of French 60's pop rock icons, Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc, and British Invasion and American Girl Group styles. The group is known for its take-no-prisoners, high-energy live shows, unerring sense of fashion, and "quoi." With the release of 'Pataphysical Graffiti on 6 September 2011, Les Sans Culottes inserts a seventh recording into its oeuvre of francophilic rocque au maximum. The band's other outings include their 1999 debut Les Sans Culottes, followed by The Ennui and the Ecstasy, Faux Realism, Live in Paris: Full Frontal Crudité, Fixation Orale and Le Weekender. Recorded over almost two years, first in Detroit with Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders and then in New York City with Travis Harrison at Serious Business Music, the band's newest release, 'Pataphysical Graffiti (taken from an imaginary meeting of the Led Zeppelin magnum opus and the French writer Alfred Jarry's "science" of 'pataphysics) is its strongest effort yet. It is 16 delicieuse tracks of rock en Francais comprising everything from funky dance numbers such as "Le Biz" (a searing indictment of the music business) and "Sartre Et L'Homard" (reflecting the historical incident of the existential philospher's mescaline hallucinations), to rockers like the politically-minded "If You See Something, Say Something" and "Hypocrite Lecteur" (tracing hipsterism from Baudelaire to Warhol to Williamsburg), to 1960's-style pop gems like "Où Est Où Est" and "Jour du Vélo" (Bicycle Day), to their high-life version of Serge Gainsbourg and Michael Olatunji's "New York, U.S.A.," Antonio Carlos Jobim homage "Comme L'Amour," and punk-gypsy-swinger "Hypermarché." Les Sans Culottes' songs have been licensed for use in the films The Hot Chick and the Quentin Tarantino-produced Miramax release Daltrey Calhoun, television shows such as Gossip Girl, HBO's Entourage and Cathouse, and MTV's Surf Girls and The Real World, and national ads for the Google Nexus G4 Android Phone, Hewlett-Packard cameras, and, in Europe, Ariel cleanser. Les Sans Culottes has toured extensively across the United States and abroad in Canada and France, and have headlined at such venerable venues as NYC's Bowery Ballroom and Joe's Pub and Los Angeles' Troubador and Spaceland.

The band members:

Clermont Ferrand - singer Kit Kat Le Noir - chanteuse Courtney Louvre - chanteuse M. Pommes Frites - bass Geddy Liason (aka TRESemmé) - guitar Johnny Dieppe - keyboard Jacques Strappe - drums