Papooz is one of the hottest French bands right now. Combining their love of Anglo-Saxon Pop music with a more obscure Jazz time influence, the guitar twangs simply sound as refreshing as cool. But before we interview down, here's what we think to their new record
What strikes you first are the vocals. Sweet, peculiarly feminine, and soaring deeply through the song structures. It especially hits you hard when Toria's Song begins, the third track of their latest record Green Juice. It's fair to say that Green Juice can be defined by a sort of soft, distant, pensive guitar twinkle, which shines tenderly throughout each song.
Impressive for such a record, though, is the band's ability to channel an entire ocean of different emotions. Anything from bliss to melancholy, they toy with sounds and atmospheres, giving each song its own little universe, mood and impact on you. It's what makes you want to cherish someone, dance, cry, drink, cuddle and smoke. And that's why we love music. Among many others things, though, it's a life record of the kind you keep listening to over and over again because it simply feels right.
After releasing such a good effort, Third Outing had to catch up with the band. The two Indie French boys are on the rise but they are keeping their heads down. We wanted to find out what's going on up there...
"Our hearts really beat for all the Rock n Roll, Anglo-Saxon Pop music"
Papooz there's a real buzz around you and your first record Green Juice at the moment. Expecting it?
We certainly wished for it! The rest is just raw luck, and working with good people in and oustide the studio.
We heard everything has developed and happened quite naturally for the band? You don't seem forced...
It's true we never gave it much thought. Since the day we started our band we knew we wanted to release an album. So we began working towards that direction. We really started at the bottom, playing small bars and clubs in our home town, recording everything ourselves at home. Two songs really put us on the map. First Ulysses And The Sea gathered a lot of views on Soundcloud, thanks to Les Inrockuptibles website who added it on their playlist. Then, the Ann Wants To Dance video we did with Soko.
It's a great video! And listening to your songs we can hear the stories and that's refreshing!
Our songs are for the most parts about us, our lives, the characters we met. We like a lot of song writers so it's hard to pick only one or two. Randy Newman may be one of the best in terms of subject and lyrics. He really knows how to build a character.
"We’re all young and willing. It’s a pretty cool decade to be in"
What's your plan to last? Alba Lua had their moment in the same kind of spirit as you and it fell apart...
We actually played with them a couple of time in Paris. They were real cool cats. Being a musician is really a day after day thing. A band is fragile ecosystem, but I guess to keep playing the music we love would be a good thing to start with.
It might be a stupid question, but why don't you sing in French?
We love french singers, mostly the old ones like Charles Trenet, Léo Ferré, Serge Gainsbourg, but our hearts really beat for all the Rock n Roll, Anglo-Saxon pop music.
It feels like the French indie music scene is finally taking risks! Grand Blanc, Fakear. It's varied and fun...
It's both fun and pretty exiting. We watch each other shows, exchange thoughts about music, gear, women. We’re all young and willing. It’s a pretty cool decade to be in.