The band will be appearing on Good Day LA (Fox channel 11, KTTV) this Thurs., Valentine’s Day, at 9 a.m.
LA Weekly recommends the band’s LA appearance as one of the best shows of the week.
After their triumphant return to the icy, frozen tundra that was New York City in mid-January, Nous Non Plus is happily preparing to shed their winter clothing for the journey to sunnier shores.
Faites monter la pression s’il vous plaît!
AUSTIN SHOW IS NOW FREE!
214 East Sixth
Saturday February 9
9 p.m. sharp…
Bonne année 2013!
Nous Non Plus returns with a new album and tour dates in NYC, AUSTIN, LA and SF!
Fontana’s – 105 Eldridge Street
The Parish – 214 E. 6th Street
Le sexe et la politique
Nous Non Plus
Terrible Kids Music
The centerpiece of "Le sexe et la politique" ("Sex and Politics", Terrible Kids Music, October 2012), the latest release by indy French rockers Nous Non Plus, is a quote from twentieth-century Italian director, poet, and essayist Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975).
In one of the last interviews that Pasolini gave before his assassination by a prostitute at the Roman seaside (Ostia), he told a French journalist in Cannes: "I believe that it is one’s right to shock people; that being shocked is a pleasure; and that those who refuse the pleasure of being shocked are moralists, so-called ‘moralists.’"
The quote spoke to the band on many levels and in many ways represents the arc of Nous Non Plus’ raison d’être.
The occasion of the interview was the debut of Pasolini’s 1975 film Salò o le 120 giornata di Sodoma (Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom), his controversial adaptation of the Marquis de Sade’s famous work. Pasolini would be found dead on the beach outside of Rome six months later.
The quote can be heard — in his own voice and translated into French — in lead singer Céline Dijon’s homage to Pasolini, Italy’s towering intellectual celebrity of the 1960s and 70s, in the song devoted to his life as an artist (entitled simply "Pasolini").
The track reflects the band’s recent fascination with electronica and computer-generated music, a genre that appears in Jean-Luc Retard’s coup de maître, a soundscape entitled "Le menteur" ("The Liar"). In this stirring piece, Retard juxtaposes primitive and repetitive drum programming with his silky Fender Stratocaster and Céline’s luscious voice — the only "real" instruments in the recording.
But the group’s flirtation with computer-generated music on this effort is counterbalanced by its love for rockers like "Moto" (a song about a girl obsessed with a man’s motorcycle) and "Stockholm" (a foray into sadomasochism and role-play). And true to its roots, Nous Non Plus also delivers a suite of classic 1960s-inspired tracks, like the playful duet featuring Dijon and Retard, "C’est vrai, bébé!", and the stunning performance rendered by Dijon on "Nadia", a song about a Russian spy and her unrequited lover Vladimir.
The red threads that connect the dots of this eclectic collection of songs are sex and politics. As Nous Non Plus reminds us with this new album, passion and power are what make the world go round.
Date: June 13, 2012 13:01:18 EDT
Subject: BONJOUR G!!!
You owe me nothing, I have the 3 CD’s and memories of your performance here in LA. Someone asked me how I felt when I first learned the majority of the band was American. I told them it’s like hitting on the best looking woman in a club, then someone tells you she once was a man… what the hell, she’s still the best looking woman in the club!
I play your CD’s at least as often as my Axel Red, La Grande Sophie, Nolwenn Leroy etc. CD’s.
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:45 AM
Subject: BONJOUR G!!!
Désolée pour ce long silence!
I should have replied instantly to such a great letter!
No excuse! Mille pardons…
I’m very excited to report that we are currently working on our next album to be released in the fall or winter. HANG TIGHT!
We have a song about an ill fated Russian spy named Nadia, one about a girl in fickle love with a motorcycle boy, another about an emancipated girl who leaves it all behind to drive to SF during the summer of love, what else? some sad love (lost) songs and MORE!
The band is, as you may know, scattered all over the US, with life changes (wives and babies) but it seems nothing can keep us from writing and recording… Sadly, the live shows are taking the fall for the geographic explosion. Something had to give.
We had 3 gigs in Cali in February, which were très rocking, mais la vie est compliquée, so these will be few and far between.
Thank you again and again and again for writing in, Greg, and I hope you have a great summer!
Date: June 7, 2012 6:31:45 PM CDT
Subject: WHAT’S NEXT?
Anxiously awaiting more concert dates or recordings! It takes a couple days of commuting to work for your 3 CD’s to cycle in the car. I do hope all the band members are well.