Listening to the début eponymous record you'd think Bryan's Magic Tears are from America. They're not by a long shot. Hailing from Paris, France, churning out fuzzy noise pop sounds, Bryan's Magic Tears are at the forefront of a new French Indie Underground scene. We asked front man Benjamin Dupont to introduce the new fuzz sensations...
Bryan's Magic Tears
"It's very simple. Some years ago our pusher's name was Bryan and he had some good acids that we used to call "larmes magique" (magic tears). That's it. It had no great importance to us when we thought about changing our name before releasing the album. At last we decided that we kind of liked it and it stayed"!
"It's a collection of easy-to-listen-to songs, all recorded home, Lo-Fi style. Most of it is really Pop. We all love well written songs and stuff, but made raw and played very loud".
"There's nothing in particular, our influences are kind of natural. We all listen to that kind of music, don't we? Some influences for this project in particular are American like The Smashing Pumpkins, but the main influence is My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain".
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"Pubs in France are expensive shitholes full of business schools students. Everybody should avoid those places and that's what we do"!
At the heart of Bryan's Magic Tears there's a serious mixture between the crushing power of The Jesus And Mary Chain and the delicate vulnerability of My Bloody Valentine. On their début record everything is blurred until it seems more like a ghosted memory of a song. A mistiness occurs without losing sight of any propulsive force. A shock of noise encloses when the guitars enter. It's truly a sound to haunt the senses.
Weirdly, and this is not a bad thing, the music sounds like it's being played in a lazy, hopeless style, by people who probably don't seem to care one way or the other. They're just covering the whole thing in screech and fuzz. Again, weirdly, it's really not a bad thing; conversely it sends out a laid-back message with a certain coolness attached to it. Don't you find this attitude usually lacking from many bands?
Bryan's Magic Tears have spirit. They have a clear idea of how their songs should sound. That's why they make a massive impact with this record. Each song stands out in a league of its own, both in terms of expert lyricism and complex texture. The best example of this is the final track of the record Son Of Witch. The music remains fundamentally Pop, with a simple, catchy chord progression, burried under a layer of fuzz and distortion. This multitude of toxic layers is key to understanding the sound of Bryan's Magic Tears.