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.
Every country has its own underground web of little gems that deserve our true respect for their relentless dedication to the rock shake. Through concerts and festivals' night crawls, this is what this section is made up for. So, here is another nice and loud example of one of them : Klink Clock ! Actually, it just recently came back to my mind that I'd already met the two-piece band, four years ago, when one of their shows was live streamed during a well-known festival down here ("Mainsquare"). I quite enjoyed the set and told myself it took some guts to open such a big festival, in the afternoon, being only two on their own on the main stage. Shamefully, the band then fell into my own private limbo until I got recently woken up from my amnesia seeing their name part of the line-up of an unexpected January festival ! Yearning for fresh sound in a dull off-season, I decided to go and wow !! ... the band has grown much louder than what I could remember ! Aurélien's grungy riffs and Jennie's whispering / roaring sensual voice are a real fine mix ! The song above is quite "intimate" ;-) and not their loudest number but may be one of my favourites, giving a good insight of what the duo's stuff is made of. A band that is definitely worth to see live !! Enjoy !!