Wednesday, December 27, 2017


The festival season is in full swing. And once again, shows are keeping me away from editing. This is a fair mission. Among all the festivals I've been yearning to attend over the years, the indie "This Is Not A Love Song" tops the list no doubt. Work and distance (a seven-and-a-half trip by train !) have always grounded me home. This year, they held the event a bit later. I stepped into the breach !
Bathed in a scorching sun, the site is sweetly cuddled up to the classy Paloma concert venue. Volunteers and people are just lovely ones. No hipsters there but just music lovers who come to enjoy a different alternative kind of passion. To mention all the bands from the bill worth seeing this year is by no means possible. But one of the most high-energy dust-flying set was certainly the one played by Frank Carter and his Rattlesnakes. Having a glance at the picture above (Wooow  !! Who took this to pay tribute ?) just gives a good idea of what the show of the former lead-singer of Gallows was like ! No rest for the wicked !!
Frank Carter and his fellows didn't grant us the slightest breather, delivering the tightest gig ever, full of this close-to-the-body interaction with the audience he has the knack of. The sweltering heat got no hold on the dandy-dressed gentleman, which was even more remarkable ! Probably one of the best concerts of this 3-day event (along with Slaves' set !) and this, despite a fierce competition ! Just have a look at the video above to catch the beast !
Enjoy !

I've been a bit slow on editing these days. Not because I don't have any dirty projects in the back of my mind but simply due to the growing time spent on the road and at venues for shows. For that kind of blog, that sounds fair after all. The timing is right. The French rock scene seems to have never been so loudly interesting. Over the years, I got the feeling it has turned into something as protean and extrovert as its Belgian counterparts, particularly in the garage rock sphere. Bands like Johnny Mafia, Qúetzal Snåkes, Kaviar Special, Weird Omen, JC Satan, Jessica 93, Stupeflip, Stuck In The Sound, Toybloïd, Decibelles, Last Train, Lysistrata, The Inspector Cluzo, Klink Clock, Avion, The Psychotic Monks, Rendez-Vous, Faire, The Villejuif Underground, Carpenter Brut, Grand Blanc, Venin Carmin, Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel, Dätcha Mandala and many others, each in their own realm, have contributed to a diverse lively patchwork of splintered sounds. The one above is a good example of this budding uninhibited scene that has swallowed a musical culture that past generations used to gulp in decades. Here, the Geiger counter is clearly set buzzing on '77. What else could you expect from the name ? Pogo Car Crash Control is punk. Pogo Car Crash Control is garage. Pogo Car Crash Control is young ... and even younger (how old can Lola, their bass player, be ??!!). Pogo Car Crash Control don't think business or it's in the terms of a 2.0 career plan I haven't grasped yet ! The sound is like sandpaper on glass, this is rough, this is screechy. So are the shared leading vocals, which sometimes shrill-drip over the edge on the right and growl-drop loud on the left. With only one EP in hands, Pogo Car Crash Control have already gained some kind of buzz and recognition from the shrewd noise circles here. Hope it will last long, as long as the  "ouch" of a good kick in the balls.

Monday, January 2, 2017

THE THERMALS - "Power Lies" - The Launch Pad - Austin (USA) - 16-03-13 / I.Boat - Bordeaux (F) -16-07-13 + Extras

The Thermals - The Launch Pad - Austin (USA) - 16-03-13 
1 - It's Trivia
2 - Retuning To The Fold
3 - Born To Kill
4 - Born Dead
5 - A Pillar Of Salt
6 - No Culture Icons
7 - Here's Your Future
I.Boat- Bordeaux (F) - 16-07-13
8 - Where I Stand
9 - It's Trivia (cut in)
10 - I Might Need You To Kill (cut in)
11 - An Ear For Baby
12 - Faces Stay With Me
13 - The Howl Of The Winds
14 - The Sunset
15 - My Little Machine
16 - Back To Gray
17 - I Go Alone
18 - Pillar Of Salt
19 - Here's Your Future
20 - Born Dead (cut in)
21 - Overgrown Overblown
22 - The Sword By My Side
23 - No Culture Icons
"Last Call With Carson Daly" - Terragram Ballroom - Los Angeles - 25-05-16 
24 - Thinking Of You
25 - The Sunset
26 - Born To Kill
27 - Hey You !
28 - Full Of It - Pickathon Festival - Happy Valley (OR) - 02-08-15
29 - Go Home - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland - 10-10-15

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot + Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 72 mns
Size : 3,38 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

When I started this blog quite a while ago, I kept saying The Thermals' show at Haldern Pop Festival 2009 was one of my all time favourites. After some years attending concerts and watching live footage I still mean it today. The band has issued two albums since and Kathy's bass is still round as ever, Hutch's voice keeps sounding sharp and Westin still has itchy hands and feet to pound his drumkit. They have stuck to their low-fi-indie-punk guns and they've even been recently joined on a common tour by Jessica Boudreaux from Summer Cannibals on second lead guitar to amplify the noise. This is this 2016 line up we have here with the four songs from the "Last Call with Carson Daly" show.
 As for the Launch Pad set in Austin, it is just "full of it". Short but fiery and intense, still in this Ramones-like chain of songs (seven in seventeen minutes !). Adding a couple of stage divings from Hutch and Westin and a guy from the audience taking it over at the mic to sing along the closing chorus of "Here's Your Future", you end up soaked in sweat just watching it !
 The Bordeaux show may be less rowdy (Are The Thermals less popular in France ...?) but is clearly dear to me as it was my second meeting with the band. This time I drove down two hundred and fifty kilometres to see them in an unusual venue for a gig, the hold of a boat tailored as a small concert hall. The show was stiff and straight, just as Thermals' sound always is. It was also a good opportunity to meet again my good bootlegger friend Laurent who doesn't miss many concerts in the area ! I shot a few videos of the show to keep a souvenir of the night (the band doesn't unfortunately come over that often !) but also fully enjoy the show stomping, twisting and dancing (you can hear me screaming "Back To Gray" before they start playing ... "Back To Gray". I'd revised my setlist ! ;-)). I also noticed a guy I didn't know in the audience, much closer to the stage than I was, who was using a much better camera than mine (hi, & thanks, Pascal !). At the end of the gig I ventured myself to come up to him. We quickly agreed on the fact we'd both enjoyed the show and he kindly accepted to send me what he had shot from the set. So, after years gathering dust on shelves, here is the final editing of what we both have. I've mixed the two sources, mine and his but didn't go for hassling multicam stuff this time (as I did for the IAMX dvd in Paris) since we were both standing in the same area of the venue.
  I've also decided to top all this with two great songs from Summer Cannibals' last album, particularly "Full Of It", shot at Pinkathon (What a great setting this festival has !! Wish I could go one day !!). The two bands have got closer to each other lately and Hutch is even producing their new album now. I unfortunately missed Summer Cannibals  in october for their first European tour. I initially decided to take on a long drive again to see another Portand band but they eventually had to pull out of their remaining dates for family purposes.
 So, 2017, a Thermals year ? An extensive European tour along with Summer Cannibals ? I definitely look forward to it ! Sometimes you may feel at home abroad feeling as an outsider with some recent events from your own country ! Crossed fingers ! 
 On a technical side, again this one required its amount of "pigheaded" stubbornness. The soft kept crashing for 3 days in a row ! After countless of working around tricks and several reinstallations, I finally had to cut down the number of chapters more drastically to keep away from an umpteenth crash message. Anyway, it's now yours. Hope you'll enjoy !

            Cheers !


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CAPSULA - "Take The Red Pill" - KEXP sessions - Seattle + Various venues - 2013-2016

KEXP Sessions- Seattle - 08-05-13
1 - Dark Age
2 - Constellation Freedom
3 - You Cannot Blame
4 - Seven Crimes

KEXP Sessions- Seattle -18-12-13
5 - Moonage Daydream (David Bowie cover)
6 - Mejor No Hablar De Ciertas Cosas (Sumo cover)
7 - Atomic Breakdown
8 - I Need Somebody (The Stooges cover)
KEXP Sessions- Seattle -13-02-15
9 - Candle Candle
10 - El Infierno
11 - Dead or Alive
Spanish or South-American Tour - 12-14
12 - What's In The Mirror
13 - Candle Candle
Le Camji - Niort (F) - 07-10-16
14 - Mejor No Hablar De Ciertas Cosas (Sumo)
15 - Tierra Girando
"Montesquiou On The Rocks" Festival - Montesquiou (F) - 18-08-16
16 - Candle Candle
17 - Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot + Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 88 mns
Size : 4,08 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

Among all the bands seen this year, there's certainly one that stands out more than the others for their loud generosity : Capsula ! Can't really figure out how I could possibly miss them out for more than fifteen years and eleven albums !! This band sounds so damn obvious for the ears, mind and soul !
As a miserable pagan thrashing about in ignorance, I first came to the revelation through an interview from an indie-noisy mag. After reading over their already long journey into music, their major influences (David Bowie being the first, no doubt. A tribute album,"Dreaming Of Ziggy Stardust", was released in 2012), their endless tours, their countless collaborations (Tony Visconti then seems self evident ! More, the legendary D. Bowie's producer produced their "Solar Secrets" lp in 2013 !), their prestigious opening acts (Pearl Jam, OS Mutantes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, ...), etc ...  the idea of not seeing them live just sounded impossible to me ! I was lucky. Just a couple of weeks later, they decided to set off for a short French tour, putting down their flight cases in a totally unexpected festival : "Montesquiou On The Rock's". Nested in the lovely and tasty hills of Gers area, the tiny festival (500 inhabitants !!) celebrated its tenth anniversary inviting all the bands they'd particularly loved over the past nine years. Capsula was of course part of the short list, along with great garage figures like The Monsters, King Salami And The Cumberland 3, Magnetix, etc ... I heard about the festival the day before, took the decision to go overnight and finally ended up with the "best worst" snap decision I've ever taken this year ! Hail to this little free (!!) festival full of welcoming people and lovely volunteers in a gorgeous setting. Definitely worth the 5-hour drive and thanks Chris for being so irrationally swift to come along ! :-)
Capsula was set the first night and from the first song, " Mejor No Hablar De Ciertas Cosas", I knew the Argentinian band (now located in Bilbao)  was about to become one of my favourites for the years to come ! What a blast to watch a band just equally living their everlasting passion for their psych-stoner-glam rock, whether they play in front of seventy two thousandpeople in a stadium or a bare two hundred in a village open covered market ! The front duo, Martin and Cony, were clearly happy to be back and they sure delivered an all killer-no filler set that I have never failed to watch them play since !       
Some parts of this "deflowering" show are included in this dvd. Particularly, the last song they played that night, in tribute to one of their lifetime "heroes" ! Even if the audience wasn't that big this first night, it got it no wrong and gave the band a loud rousing farewell on their "Suffragette City" ! Again, sorry for the screams and cheers but it was definitely too hard to hold it back ! :-)
As for the rest of the dvd, it mainly focuses on KEXP sessions (thank you so much guys for spreading the good vibes over the world !!), digging up some new episodes from where the great Txomin ended his. The boisterous radio station from Seattle obviously loves them too as this is probably the American show they have played the most often for over their career and as Cheryl Waters, one of their hosts pointed out, "Seattle is a kind of a second home" to them now ! Again here, they play a few very well chosen gritty covers that their original performers wouldn't certainly be ashamed of.
Even if the disk is full packed (many many video-trimmings to cram everything in !), I had a bit of a difficulty to find some true live materials. Like many others, the band is clearly unfairly underrated and that may explain why you have "Candle Candle" three times here. However, apart from being one of the best songs of the last album, the side arrangements are different every time ! This is what is really appreciable with this band. With such a background experience, such a wide range of styles, they can now flit over their repertoire and never sound the same for a particular song.
As it is stressed by all the KEXP hosts, a band that truly deserves to be seen live. Some songs turn into a swirling havoc you would never have expected them to be listening to the album. Last but not least, they're just so sweet people. Never tired of having a long talk after the show to pass on their passion and their refreshing enthusiasm. Well, enough said ...

Enjoy !

Cheers !  


Saturday, October 29, 2016

METRIC - "Trip Then Hop" - Art Rock Festival - Saint Brieuc (F) - 04-06-05 - Route Du Rock Festival - Saint Malo (F) - 14-08-05 - Sugar Beach Studio / 102.1 The Edge - Toronto - 11-06-12 

Art Rock Festival - Saint Brieuc (F) - 04-06-05
1 - Succexy
2 - Combat Baby
3 - Monster Hospital
4 - Love is a Place
 La Route Du Rock - Saint Malo (F) - 14-08-05
5 - Succexy
6 - The List
7 - Slow Night
8 - Handshakes
9 - Calculation Theme
10 - Combat Baby
11 - Dead Disco
 Sugar Beach Studio - 102.1 The Edge - Toronto (CA) - 11-06-12      
12 - Artificial Nocturne
13 - Youth Without Youth
14 - Speed the Collapse
15 - Synthetica
16 - Breathing Underwater
17 - Nothing But Time
18 - Monster Hospital
19 - Bonus : Help, I’m Alive - Coachella Festival - 12-04-13

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 87 mns
Size : 4,07 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included
Good to be back ! Work, fun and concerts have kept me away far too long. And what a nice way to get back to the business with Metric ! Can't say I was there right from the start, in the early years, round 1998. I only came across them through a mixtape in, something like, 2004. But since, I've always been hooked to Emily's haunting voice and her sad / glad temper swings that tell a lot about how the band's songs are made ! Not so much to my liking, they have recently moved away from their indie sound to turn to a more atmospheric "synthetica" touch, especially with the new "Pagans In Vegas", but the songwriting is still there with its awkward twists.
That's why this dvd focuses more on the first period with one of the oldest live footage I've got from the band, a few songs from a French festival back in mid 2005 still held in Brittanny today and above all, with my own recording of my first Metric live experience, late that summer night of the same year during a quite famous indie festival down here, "La Route Du Rock". I remember being blown away by the rendering of "Dead Disco" that night (see the video below) and this version is definitely one of the main reasons that spurted this dvd out and has always driven me to keep an eye on the band since. They played really tight that night and Emily is fully into it, enjoying the show to the point of falling on the stage floor several times, on purpose ... or not ! The third show is more recent but a still bit special though as it was held in their hometown, Toronto, in the golden light of a sun setting and was notably also their first welcoming gig to their new album of the time, "Synthetica". The set is then more nicely evanescent but the band didn't overlook their rough past with the final track,"Monster Hospital" from their 2005 " Live It Out" album. Of course, I couldn't close the thing without squeezing one of Metric's anthems in terms of wobbling ever-changing tunes, "Help, I'm Alive" !
Despite a pretty decent success, particularly in the US, Metric has decided to go independent over the last five years. They now run their own studio, label, brand, tours, ... This new freedom obviously boosts creativity. Both Jimmy (Shaw) and Emily wrote enough materials on their respective side for the last lp. Instead of mixing the two (what they usually do) or producing a double tracklist, they decided to release two separate albums, the first being more piano melancholia and the second to come, more guitar rock beat. Some bright news ahead ... !!

Enjoy !

Cheers ! 


Monday, May 30, 2016

IAMX - "Chrisalis" - Cabaret Sauvage - Paris - 08-11-15 - Multicam

Cabaret Sauvage - Paris - 08-11-15 - Multicam
1 - Chris Corner's Greetings & I Come With Knives
2 - The Alternative
3 - Happiness
4 - Mercy
5 - No Maker Made Me *
6 - Volatile Times **
7 - Tear Garden
8 - Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me ***
9 - Spit It Out
10 - Bernadette
11 - Surrender ****
12 -  After Every Party I Die
13 - Aphrodisiac *****
15 -  Your Joy Is My Low
16 - I Am Terrified

* Mixed with sets at Marquis Theater - Denver (CO - USA)- 10-17-2015 & at Kulturfabrik - Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) -  02-11-15
** Mixed with set at Kulturfabrik - Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) - 02-11-15
*** Mixed with set at Arena - Vienna (AT) - 25-11-15
**** Mixed with set at Kulturfabrik - Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) - 02-11-15
***** Mixed with sets at the Ancienne Belgique - Brussels (BE) - 07-11-2015 & at the Bottom Lounge - Chicago (IL - USA) - 20-10-15

Technical info  :
DVD Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 85 mns
Size : 3,96 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

Destiny is a fickle lady. That November she let her ties loose on me. Everything has been said and written on that fateful 13th. This, is just another testimony I wanted to turn into a resonant keepsake I could hang on to. November 2015 was a busy month for me. Something special I really looked forward with the forthcoming gigs of Garbage, IAMX, Eagles Of Death Metal and Le Butcherettes, all of them within two weeks !! I was quite excited and had planned to see the four. One might be particularly tricky though. IAMX was scheduled on Sunday, the 8th, with a subsequent 1,5 hour-long train trip back to my place the following morning, plus one hour drive to be on time at work with only a tight 5mns leeway in the whole move. I've never been fond of early rising and this was definitely one ! The whole thing seemed doomed and I started to consider the EODM and Le Butcherettes concerts the week after as a much easier option. More, I would just be on my own to the Garbage and IAMX shows while I would go up to Paris with a bunch of friends the week after. The EODM and Le Butcherettes shows were set on Friday and Saturday, so no bad-hair day on Monday, and parties were held on the two nights, where I could join back my pals afterwards. Everything looked excitedly promising !
One week before the Garbage IAMX shows, a friend (Hi Eric !) called me to say that he would go and see IAMX with me if I stayed for lunch with him and some other good old friends on Sunday. This and being a fan of Chris Corner for more than a decade without being able to see him live once quickly prompted me to change my return ticket.
So here is this very special concert I didn't know would later intensively stand out among all the others I'd been to up then. The band was in a good mood. So was I. Spending a whole afternoon with good friends, eating and drinking, puts you in the right shape to attend a concert ! That's why I was more in fully enjoying the show than filming. I usually try to find the right balance between the two but when I had a look back at the photos a short while after, I realized I was definitely more in the carpe diem mood than in keeping some nice memories of my first IAMX show :-). However, because of what that day was and would mean later to me, I wanted to keep some personal footage of the night for this dvd. I was in the mosh, waving, jumping, screaming (sorry for the singing along on some tunes !). Most of it is shaky, with raising hands in the way. That's why I tracked some less "soaked" ;-) videos of the night on the net to mix them with what was worth keeping from mine. So, here is the "rough" result, a multicam dvd made of two, sometimes three different sources when available. I tried to do my best on the technique and had sometimes to demux sound and image to keep the "best" soundtrack and then paste and sync it to another source to get the full song. Also, even if I wanted to really want to put this particular gig to the front, I sometimes had to partly turn to other shows of the tour because of lack of decent material for the night in Paris (Aphrodisiac, Surrender, ...). As though that weren't enough, Chris and his lads are very well-known to keep their secrets in dim-lit darkness live ! So, it's far from being perfect. I guess this one is for fans only for the all the reasons forementioned but I tried to be sincere and to pay tribute to the band and the singularity of the night.
A week later, I finally didn't go back to Paris with my friends. I can't really remember why, already been there the week before, short of money, work, ... let's call it fate. But I do remember what I was doing at the time the news broke. Some friends were at le Bataclan, to enjoy what every concert of Jessie and his buddies is, fun and rock'n roll ! One of them got shot in the arm. He's fine and out of this hell now but still trying to recover from his wounds.
Thank you for being around that day, Chris.  
Peace & Rock'n roll to you all !

Cheers !


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

BLOOD RED SHOES - "Time 2 Voices" - Rock En Seine - Parc de Saint Cloud - Paris - 24-08-14 / PURPLE -  Studio 104 - La Plaine Saint Denis (F) - 12-11-14

Rock En Seine Festival - Parc de Saint Cloud - Paris - 24-08-14
1. Welcome Home
2. I Wish I Was Someone Better
3. Don't Ask
4. Red River
5. Speech Coma
6. Cold
7. The Perfect Mess
8. This Is Not for You
9. Black Distractions
10. An Animal
11. Light It Up
12. Je Me Perds

"Album De La Semaine" - Canal+ TV - Studio 104 - Plaine Saint Denis (F) - 12-11-14 (?)
13 - Leche Loco
14 - Beach Buddy
15 - Wallflower
16 - DMT
17 - Interview
18 - Leche Loco - Galapago Island UMS House Party - Denver - 01-05-14

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 70 mns
Size : 3,23 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

2 colours for a two-voice set this time.The initial idea was to put two "coloured" bands together who both nicely switch between the lady and the gentleman for their singing.The fact that they share an opposite cast for the instruments was also part of the fun ! As such, I couldn't fail picking a Blood Red Shoes' gig down the shelf ! The band has been one of my favourites for quite a while now (2009) and I never miss them when they come and play around. That was the case on this one again. As they often do in festival, they opened the main stage quite early. So, being an early riser (??!), on saturday again, I had to rush to make it in time. Laura-Mary and Steven showed up round 14:30 and I remember being looked at in a very puzzled way as I was running across the park not to miss "Welcome Home", their new loud opening track ! This was my first show of their great new album and I didn't want to miss a single part of it. It felt so good to see them back even if playing a festival stage always have a "too big space for just the two of us" feeling. But playing Reading the day before didn't seem wearing them out that much and the setlist was nicely shared between precious "oldies" and nice new stuff. A very enjoyable show that traditionaly closed on the blowing-off-steam punk "Je Me Perds", the ideal tune to make you go thirsty for a pint before the next act ! One regret though, shame on me, I just missed their meeting and signing session they set up through Facebook that very day. Grrrr !!! Shall I open a F.... account ?

Purple is a much recent band, from Beaumont, Texas. I'd already read about them through a review in a magazine but I must admit I'd forgotten the guys by the time of their first tour here. Their debut effort ("409") was often described as a kind of raw dirty catchy-poppy punk jam. Well... what is obvious here is that Hanna, the "lady dude" singer-drummer of the band, is just a ball of infectious energy, shaking, twisting, wriggling, cuddling, screaming, whispering ... "everything all at once" !
More, Texas' climate is hot. Evidence is here confirmed by Hanna's outfit !! Anyway, a very refreshing cool band, 100 % fun, who won't shake or reshape the holy tablets of rock'n roll but are definitely up to the excitement of discovering all the things they'd always dreamt of !

Enjoy !

Cheers !


NB : didn't mean it at all first but thinking over the last three posts, I guess it got to turn out this way :-) :

Freaking weird indeed ... !!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL - "Sweat Muzip" - Pukkelpop Festival - Kiewit (B) - 17-08-12 / Studio 104 - Plaine Saint-Denis (F) - 10-06-15

Pukkelpop Festival - Kiewit (B) - Main Stage - 17-08-12
1. I Only Want You
2. Don't Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)
3. Bad Dream Mama
4. Cherry Cola
5. Heart On
6. Now I'm a Fool
7. Secret Plans
8. English Girl
9. I Like to Move in the Night
10. Whorehoppin' (Shit, Goddamn)
11. I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)
12. Speaking in Tongues

"Album De La Semaine" - Canal+ TV - Studio 104 - Plaine Saint-Denis - 10-06-15
13 - "Costumes" Album Teaser
14 - Complexity
15 - Interview
16 - Got A Woman
17 - Interview
18 -  I Love You All The Time
19 - The Reverend
20 - Speaking In Tongues
21 - The Deuce
22 - Josh & Jesse Interview - "Back & Forth"

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 88 mns
Size : 4,10 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

Ahaa Ahaaaa said the Devil. He can. The two school's out buddies are back. And they just do what they're best known for, having fun, teasing girls and playing nasty and sweaty way down your spine. I must admit I don't think much of the new album. Too clean maybe, not enough flesh and lust probably. I need to listen to it again, I guess. But anyway, that won't keep me away from seeing them when they tour round here again. So I did earlier this year when I went and saw Jesse and his lads at the Eurockeennes, in Belfort. No surprise trick back then but, as usual, just a feel-good show full of fun and feedback, just like an offhand chat with a good old friend at the bar. As Josh said in their self interview at the end of this dvd, Jesse "has such an enthusiasm" about himself that it got to be felt by the people who watch him. Giving this, the Pukkelpop set featured here is no exception to the  rule. Jesse is going over the top again from the very start of the show,
dancing and swagging on Kool Of The Gang's "Jungle Boogie" and it goes on this  way down the line with quite one's share of banter and cheers to the audience. This show is not one of the best concerts, at least in terms of quality, I have from Eagles Of Death Metal but it does have a particular flavour to me. I drove all the way up to Belgium again that day. The 2012 edition was scorching hot and the bands playing mainstage in the middle of the afternoon certainly didn't have the amount of people they duly deserved, these ones being too busy to find a cooler "shelter" under the nearby "marquee" stages. I remember The Hives playing the day after right in the middle of the heatwave, Pelle's shirt turned into a tatoo half way the first song ! Anyway, the show was just the "get the rock'n roll beast out" party I expected and it was great fun to live it over again doing this dvd ! As I said, this is the only version I could lay my hands on when I came back from the festival at that time, if anyone had the chance to grab a hd tv version back then, please share !!

The second part of the dvd is filled with a sort of showcase the band made for promoting the new album in the early summer. The thing was held at a French TV's studios in front of 200 people, with Josh collectively on drums. I'd initially set the box to record it but obviously I got mixed up in the programming ! So again, this is the webcast version. I trimmed off the other stuff from the programme but kept the silly funny "costumes" album teaser :-) and the two subtitled interview parts. I topped it all with a deeper interview in which Josh plays the interviewer asking Jesse about the new "zipper down" album, the "Redemption of the Devil" documentary, their first recording sessions, their encounters with Iggy Pop and John Paul Jones, etc ...

Hope you'll enjoy !

Cheers !