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Music

We Are Enfant Terrible

Pop

Lille FRANCE

43880
We Are Enfant Terrible make ecstatic, sugar-rush electro indie rock, songs that make you want to party with childlike abandon. A French trio composed of three Lille natives who share a passion for fashion, video games, and wildly-thoughtful dance music, they perform with guitars, drums, and a reprogrammed Nintendo Game Boy. In their short run as a group they’ve developed a passionate fan base on both sides of the Atlantic, and their new Wild Fish EP showcases buzz-worthy tracks like “Flesh ‘n’ Blood Kids.” Their debut full-length arrives in early 2011 on Last Gang Records. Lead singer and keyboard player Clo Floret met the group’s guitarist Thomas Fourny when they were in school together in Lille – France’s fourth biggest city, near the Belgium border. As the story goes, Clo was running late, and Thomas – who Clo claims was “spying” on her -- invited her to cut class with him. He was already in a rock band, but after they split up, he invited her to collaborate. “Thomas made me sing on one of his song, ‘cause I wrote good lyrics,” says Clo, in her wonderfully-idiosyncratic English. Not long afterwards they met the guy who would become WAET’s third member -- Cyril Debarge, a hyper, wild drummer who has a one-man band called Funky Fingers and specializes in Game Boy-style music. “We were all excited to mix our sounds and personalities,” explains Clo. “Pop rock with eight bit; crazy performers but shy children; Frenchies who try to speak their best English.” Though Clo has moved to Paris, the group kicked off in May of 2008 and has been able to successfully merge their talents and interests. They decided early on to perform in English, believing it makes their lyrics “bounce” better. “Mozart was asked to write operas in German, and he refused because he thought that operas only sound right in Italian,” explains Thomas. “It’s quite the same for us. We are not against French pop music, it’s just that French is a very difficult sound in pop.” WAET fever immediately began to take hold with the release of their EP, “Thanks For The Fish.” Next followed a pair of singles, “Wild Child” and “Flesh ‘n’ Blood Kids,” released together as a limited-edition vinyl pressing of 500 copies. The latter is a powerful and universal story of an unattractive kid who feels detached from his schoolmates and family. “He wants to ride the big wave/ That every kids ride,” goes the chorus, “Finding a place where/ All goes back to normal.” “We all could know this kind of person in high school or anywhere else,” says Clo, noting that the song idea came to her from a GQ story about an outcast college student who impersonated a sexy girl on the internet to blackmail his classmates. Wild Fish also features an addictive “Flesh ‘n’ Blood Kids” remix by Swedish newcomers PAaNik, as well as “Wild Child” remixes by Chew Lips and Juiceboxxx. WAET’s manic milieu features bits of punk, sonic indie guitar, and biting drums crossed with ‘80s-inspired, eight bit, minimalist sound, something like an indie New Order meets Crystal Castles and The Ting Tings, or the Pixies stuck inside of a Game Boy. Cyril started programming and performing with the old school Nintendo player after discovering a simple software that operates with it, and with the group he now uses various lo-fi noises, as well as sounds from the old-school Texas Instrument toy, Speak & Spell. Thomas says the group loves the “purity” of the unlikely instrument, that it can be “so smooth and sometimes so aggressive.” Notes Cyril: “We didn’t choose to love this sound, we’ve been raised with it. From 6-12 years old, the only music we listened to was video games music.” Oddly, the group’s very first tour -- and some of their very first shows ever -- were in China, and hyper Cyril broke four snare head drums. (They can laugh about it now.) They filmed a mini-documentary of the tour, which captures their playfulness and shows them attempting to ingest delicacies such as birds, snakes, and turtles. They’ve since performed everywhere from late night Berlin grottos to major Euro festivals like Montreux Jazz Fest and Eurockeennes, as well as rocking parties for Club NME in London, NYC, Paris and Rome. Beyond music, they also claim inspiration from ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s pop culture, not to mention Roman history (Thomas), Belgian cooking (Cyril), and kittens (Clo). Each has embraced the social network revolution, with Cyril noting the power of Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter to share resources while bypassing the traditional media gatekeepers. As for their fashion sense, Clo says they attempt to coordinate their colors and outfits “like a good Tetris game,” and calls the three of them “classy modern clowns.” “Thomas and I are Clo’s dolls,” insists Cyril. “She can dress us as she wants, matching our colors with her dress. That’s not the truth -- but it’s not so far away.” With Wild Fish, the group continues spreading their message of joy, tolerance, and celebration, and their upcoming full-length promises more mirthful inspiration. “We sometimes listen to the music in reverse to have new ideas coming from nowhere,” says Thomas of the group’s creative process. “We are always trying new processes to produce the songs, to keep it fun.”

Time

Friday March 18

10:00PM

Venue

Swan Dive

21+

615 Red River St

Online

www.weareenfantterrible.com

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