They're barely old enough to vote, but The Flashers have already figured out the answer to the really important question, how to churn out the greatest Rock'n Roll tunes you'll listen to this year. Meet the band of French rockers who are going to save the French art of Rock 'n Roll.
The Flashers are on a mission. They might not know it yet, or perhaps they don't want to realise it, but this band have the power to change the face of Rock 'n Roll music in France. There's an heir of arrogance here. They've got it all: the look, the attitude, the energy and most importantly, the tunes. Let's prove it, then:
"French Rock 'n Roll sucks, we’re here to save music in global...La Femme made a song about mycosis, we did one about cheap girls, everyone has his style"
One thing which is often lacking today, mostly with the rise of bedroom DIY pop music, is the attitude. We're talking about having a stage presence, fun and direct thinking in interviews and, in a way, not really giving a fuck. You kind of need to act like an asshole, and tell everyone in the world your band is the best and that's why you're here to save music. That's exactly what The Flashers are doing. Spot on. Tres bien.
Cliché, yes, but it makes a massive difference.
The first record Stupid Tape is a very decent effort. It bleeds Burger Records, American pscyh and fast paced thrash. It's a sound you don't hear often in France, or at least you need to be a fervent seeker of underground music to find it (dig, you'll find great things...eventually)! The one French band which seems to have had a strong impact on The Flashers, though, is La Femme. This influence is clear to see.
There are some moments on Stupid Tape where you really find a band with the potential to become big. Anyway, Stupid Man (an English version of their latest tune Fille Facile) and Mary are the clear stand outs. This French version of Stupid Man though, is just what french Rock'n Roll needs right now.
Here's the song and their tell all interview. Ready?
The Flashers, are you here to save French Rock 'n Roll? // Elliot: French Rock 'n Roll sucks, we’re here to save music in global. // Charles: France has never been a land of Rock 'n Roll, but Rennes yes. So they tried above all to make the Rock endure in Rennes and then make it known, then sharing it in France and other countries. For that reason singing in French helps us a lot, because even those who do not listen to rock, can sing and have fun. The Flashers, are the saviors of French Rock in France.
We can hear a lot of American influences in your music. Black Lips, Ty Segall, Burger Records...why's that? Is French Rock not at the right level? // Elliot: In France, there is a slew of good bands but we cannot associate it with the term "French Rock". It's either fat and corny as you can see with Matmatah or Johnny Mafia, or luckily bands like Les Olivenstein raise the level. // Charles: French Rock is redneck and has absolutely no level. The groups in France that walk are awful, they have no style, no originality, nothing; it's empty. They all try to do as the Americans do, but they are not.
On the new record how does the band choose between singing in French or English? Fille Facile was first written in English, right... // Ophelie: At the beginning, it was really hard for us to choose the language of the lyrics. Personally, the first time we we were speaking about it, I preferred the English version. But in the end the French version had its own cheesy vibe that we really liked and fitted to the atmosphere we wanted to give. // Elliot : We are French, so it makes sense to speak in this language, but at the same time we have always been in an anglophonic culture, we try to find the right balance. For the next album we have got 5 songs in French and 5 in English. // Arthur: We talked quite a bit about the French version, and we knew it could be a risk to do it. I believe it's because of the provocative nature of the issue that we finally did it. La Femme made a song about mycosis, we did one about cheap girls, everyone has his style.
Last one, can we agree now Le Terminus is the best pub in France? // Arthur: I think we all agree to say that Le Terminus is one of the creepiest neighborhood bar of Rennes. My mates say that the Melody Maker and the Penny Lane are the perfect bars for Rock 'n Roll parties. // Charles: Terminus is undoubtedly the most sordid and glaucous bar in Rennes where you can see the artists hanging on a rope, or 50-year-olds who still believe in love.