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Nouvelle Vague: Club Soda, Friday Sept. 15

Posted by Drew / September 18, 2006

Nouvelle_2.jpg This is not a photo from the Montreal show. I don't know who the woman in white is. I took this photo from: touscene.com/media.

Nouvelle Vague are a French outfit who wear pretty cute outfits. No, half of them do. In their incarnation for Montreal, they were composed of 3 incredibly attractive French women wearing very cute and sexy dresses and 3 incredibly dorky French men wearing very ugly shirts.

NV made a splash with their most recent CD Bande A Parte, featuring the band’s trademark Bossa Nova-like renditions of poppy’n’new-wave-y classics, from a wide range of suspects, including Blondie, The Smiths, Billy Idol, anda maniac rendition of Wall of Voodoo’s Mexican Radio (actually, that one is not on the CD).

If you stroll down St. Denis or St. Laurent you are guaranteed to hear some Nouvelle Vague sounds bouncing off the pavement as their CD is a mandatory soundtrack at this city’s tony retail stores and eateries.

All that said, this band puts on one hell of a show. Or half the band puts on one hell of a show, and the other half has the good sense to stay out their way. These women are consumate performers: they sing like angels and dance like peelers--you can't look away. The vocalists alternated tunes back and forth, and at times teamed up for some duets, bubbles were blown on stage, burlesque-like feather-fans were brought out. Really, I had the sense that either I was an extra in an Ozon film—the band’s nature is, unsurprisingly, a cinematic one—or I had been allowed to witness an amped up slumber party.

I mean both of these comments in the best sense. The band had a colorful, dizzy pop-a-matic feel that would have been comfortable as a deleted scene from 8 Women, and their play list is logical only insofar as they do every song with which the female population has ever loved to sing along. A different play list than the sneaker-gazing male music aficionados to be sure, but exactly the uncalculated nature of NV and the fact that the French are one of the few people who can get away with precious renders the band a FUN time, as opposed to a stunt. I may not ever buy their CD, but I would see them again.

Uniquely, their Club Soda show was a crossover hit, featuring representatives from all ages, and everyone was having a big ol’ time. Many music pundits see NV’s current popularity as a short term fad, and they could be right. But the live show is a blast. MP editor John Mac and his brethren of music aesthetes may scoff, but they would do well to remember: He who gazes upon his sneakers, only sees his own goofy feet.

Discussion

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Christy / September 18, 2006 at 11:30 pm
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I'm basically with you. I enjoyed dancing to their sound a lot. But I did think that for twenty-five bucks a ticket, the production quality could have been a lot better.
J Mac / September 19, 2006 at 01:36 am
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Drew, I spend a lot on my sneakers <em>just so</em> I'll have something interesting to stare at. And my cadre of aesthetes prefer to be called a coven (pronounced cove-en) than a brethren.
drew / September 19, 2006 at 09:45 am
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C- You cank't put a price tag on experience. Likewise, you will never get paid just for having one. Not usually, unless...nevermind.

JM - You are known far and wide for your fancy ass sneakers. Excuse my barb, I posted at work, so naturally I was high as a kite.
Emi / February 4, 2015 at 12:42 am
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Many years ago I had a roommate in NY who was from Canada. She inudortced me to poutine. Now I've got to find a way to make them vegan! I need these back in my life!
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