Cheveu

by Cheveu

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about

Consacrés ambassadeur outre-atlantique du mouvement « Shitgaze» (shoegaze-shitgaze, pigé ?), les CHEVEU sont les défenseurs d’un son electro primitif, où garage punk crasseux et machines en souffrance forniquent dans un terrifiant chaos.

Pour enfanter ce résultat explosif, quelques synthés lo-fi poussifs, un beat mécanique et simpliste, des riffs delta blues pour le côté juteux, et un chanteur possédé en transe qui n’a pas l’air au top de ses facultés mentales, semblent avoir suffit pour imposer CHEVEU comme l'un des groupes les plus inventifs de l’underground.

Avec la musique de CHEVEU, on tient donc enfin une synthèse crédible de Rock’n roll et d’électronique plus subversive que les tentatives passées de fusion des genres initiées par la vague electro-clash. Comme quoi, un Casio cash converter, une boites a rythmes Emmaüs, et une guitare en bois de la forêt peuvent révéler encore de belles surprises !!

En deux ans cheveu aura sorti trois 45tours sur des labels américains (Rob’s house, SS
records, Rococo), et fait trois tournées successives aux USA en partageant l’affiche avec des formations comme Animal Collective, Black Lips, Père Ubu, Awesome Colors, The Slits,King Khan, Large Number, ou The Rebel.

issus du 20ème arrondissement de Paris, ils aimeraient désormais bien rencontrer par chez eux l’enthousiasme et la reconnaissance légitimes qu’ils connaissent aux Etats-Unis (Live session WFMU, invité d’honneur de SXSW, etc..)

Enfin, par l'originalité de leur prestation et leur sens de l'improvisation, Cheveu fait de chacun de ses concerts un événement unique.

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The story of this record starts 3 years ago...
after two 7 inches applaused by the blogosphere, and reknown underground critics like Jay Hinman, Doug Mosurak and Byron Coley...Cheveu is invited at the Big convention of « garage rock » in Memphis, Gonerfest in 2006, headlining the party with the likes of Jay reatard(final solutions), Jack Oblivian or viva l'american death ray...in the middle of a 3 weeks tour. Kevin « Pink Reason » then says he's seen one of the best shows of his life.
9 months later they come back on the west coast on a tour setted up by DJ rick (noise/expé Honzo) with the great band Tyvek...playing with the A frames, the intelligence or eat skulls (s-s records releases a Cheveu/Tyvek 7 split for the tour).
Then trying to pull together 3 years of attempted tracks, home recorded, remixed, CHEVEU releases its first LP in March 2008, defending it during a 2 weeks tour, playing with Tyvek, TV ghost, psychedelic horseshit, los llamarada (another s-s records find) and Half-japanese veterans (WFMU 50th anniversary).

Cheveu has been called the « harbingers » of the current shit/pop/gaze move that includes such different bands as Tyvek, Pink reason, Times new Viking or TV ghost.
and has been tagged « glue wave » (french rock movement), weird punk, artdamaged pop, then shitgaze.
Some see that they've contributed a lot to the move from the « classic » garage scene to a more free/experimental and noise music in the US. As the Intelligence, cheveu manages to produce noise without fucking up amps or guitars...

Whatever this LP « manages not to lose catchy songs in experimental attemps » (scott soriano word).

All songs have been home-recorded using superimposed live/not live takes...creating a kind of real/old/current feeling...
Originally, people were seeing some Metal urbain/Wire/the Fall influence but it's maybe a little different.
For instance :
Dog (4th track), is a pretty cool catchy single (trio meets oblivians or rolling stones?)
Superhero (6th track) is a piece of electro-surf damaged rock, with a brainlocked guitar riff.
Unemployment blues (last track) and happiness (3rd track) are seen by some as 21th century blues/boredom/ lack of constitence syndroma or something, great tunes anyway...
enjoy!!

credits

released May 5, 2008

All songs by Cheveu
Except "Clara Venus" by A. Rimbaud / "Hapiness" by T. Solundz
Recorded at Home except "Clara Venus" at Melodium

Drums – Simon Girardeau
Horn – Victor Michaud
Mixed By – Olivier Cheveu
Trumpet – Yoann Loustalot

Guest appearance:
Victor Michaud (Horn), Yoann Loustalot (Trumpet) & Simon Girardeau (Drums)

P&C 2008 Born Bad Records - BB10

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