Os franceses do Metro Verlaine em seu debute, "Cut-Up", soam pra lá de extremamente cool.
Sofisticados, raivosos e melancólicos em doses bem equalizadas, soam próximos de um pós punk agressivo com um detalhe fundamental, a vocalista Raphaëlle Fromage dá um toque todo especial com seu sotaque afrancesado, algo como se Françoise Hardy fosse vocalista do P.I.L., ou se Siouxsie e Alison Mosshart tivessem uma rebenta.
Uma fúria dosada paira sob todas as dez canções de "Cut-Up", evocando ícones diversos do pós punk clássico britânico.
Um verdadeiro discaço do início ao fim, e ao vivo, deve ser ainda mais intenso.
***** Interview with Metro Verlaine *****
Q. When did Metro Verlaine begin? Tell us about the history...
1 Metro Verlaine was born in 2013 after a road trip in London. I (Axel / Guitarist and songwriter ) was there to feel the heart of pop rock music and when I came back to France, I met Raphaëlle ( singer ) and we have formed the band a few weekend after. We have made a lot of wild gigs, recording demos before to find a drummer (Joe) and record our first EP Manchester with him. Few months after Romain ( basse ) has joined the band and we have recorded our first album "Cut-Up" with Charles Rowell from Crocodiles band ! And we are now on tour to play this album released on march 2018 !
Q: Who are your influences?
2 We are really big fans of post punk and English pop bands. The Cure , Joy Division , PIL … We are also influenced by indie rock band as The Kills or Velvet Underground, American literature ( Beat Generation writers ) and French Pop Music with Françoise Hardy or Daniel Darc.
Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
3 The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
Jesus and Mary Chain - PsychoCandy
Echo and The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Public Image - Metal Box
Q. How do you feel playing live?
4 Our album is melancholic because we want to share special feeling to the people who listen it at their home. But on stage we want to release our fury , our energy. We think that each concert could be the last so we try to burn all our soul and body on stage …
Q. How do you describe Metro Verlaine´s sounds?
5 Our sound is really between "English" sound and French touch… Hard to describe , easier to feel it when you listen our songs… We are from Normandy and England is not so far , so maybe that’s why we are so influenced by all these fantastic bands from Albion… But we really don’t want to copy anybody or to be a cliché of a rock style ( Post punk / Cold Wave etc ) that’s why I think we’ve got a particular sound...
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
6 We work a lot before to come in the studio to record songs. But when everything is in the box , we always want to work on it , and we try a lot of stuff to arrange it. Sometimes it’s cool and sometimes we don’t need anything else except the first tape of the song. We really love studio, it’s a creative step for a band. Really different as playing live.
Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
7 I was in London in June and I saw a fantastic band called Fontaines DC. Really raw and class ! In France we love bands as Frustration , Marietta , Liminanas or Grand Blanc. They are all very different but they are all really cool.
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
8 The Killing Moon . Echo and the Bunnymen could be a great cover. Sometimes we play Atmosphere - Joy Division or Grinding Halt - The Cure in live but maybe we should try an Echo and the Bunnymen Cover…
Q: What are your plans for the future?
9 We have released a new single "Velours Noir » with a video clip in November. We ‘ve got few gigs until the end of the winter ( Paris - Le point FMR - January 23 th ) and now are working on a new album. I hope we will have big tours next years , why not come to play shows in Brazil…