Noir Boy George with Usé. Photo parispsychfest.com
Thanks to the hard work of underground record labels, tuned out bands and arists for arts sake prepared to lose mega money on fucked up non-commercial music rather than toeing the line - some of the greatest music of our time is being released right now - you just haven't heard it yet. Here's the five French projects that will switch your brain to overload...
They don't do interviews. They don't want to be commercial, make money or promote their music. Nina Harker are from Nantes and that's about all we can tell you about them. Apart from the fact that their music is from another planet, of course. Thank you Le Syndicat Des Scorpions for releasing this beauty.
JC Satan, The Villejuif Underground or Cheveu - Born Bad Records have had a successful story. While some are still milking garage rock for all its cool - like it will never dry out - the sleaziest alley cats have gone drinking elsewhere. That's where Nico, the mastermind behind Usé, is drinking. Below is a live recording of their track Amphetamine thankfully released on Kakakids Records!
Hailing from the outskirts of Paris, Jessica93 is the project of the one and only Geoff Laporte - nervous indie rock and roll expert. This is his third outing, Guilty Species, and in fairness is the one that clearly stands out. Listen below.
Bryan's Magic Tears
We introduced Bryan's Magic Tears last year, but they deserve to be on this list. The band - named after a particularly strong type of acid "magic tears" - mix fuzz with melodies. On their début everything blurs into a ghosted memory of a song. Mistiness with a clear propulsive force. It's truly a sound to haunt the senses.
Noir Boy George
We have to finish with a legend. Noir Boy George is the anti-hero, singing about frozen babies and taking drugs under bridges. His melody screams loneliness, shit cold northern towns and a grim humdrum. The soundtrack of many.
*This list was made by Old Biscuity Boyle, who came down the office with the name of these five bands.