France - Full Moon 32 - 05/30/99
Rinôçérôse mainly consist of two members, Jean-Philippe Freu and
Carrie, and is one of the most original French bands at the moment.
Being natives of Montpellier in the south of France, this group has just
recorded a new album, a mixing of rock, house (but not like the cheap
"dance-music" compilations), dub and bossa nova, recently released on
English label V2. This one replaces the Spanish label Elefant Records,
perhaps too small for the group.
Together since 5 years, the two members have had the original idea
the guitars with the "house" style, at the risk of discouraging the
rockers. However, this approach has been made slowly. First, "we have
to compose pop instrumental tracks, a little bit like the style of My
Valentine or like Mogwai's second album (...). And then, we have added
dub bass sounds, which has given a groove atmosphere. And gradually,
added some house hints".
After the two EP albums Rinôçérôse and
Installation Sonore constitutes the real first album of the band.
It can be divided into two parts: the first half, recorded during last
with the house sound atmospheres, and the second half, recorded during
autumn and the winter with some pop sounds. It really begun with the
Le Mobilier, including the eponymous song from the album,
Installation Sonore. Then, the group has linked the live shows, in
particular in Paris (France) where they were the support for Roni Size,
they have also played live with Underworld for the French festival 'Les
Inrockuptibles'. A future tour is even planned in England. We can
bring the style of Rinôçérôse closer to the "dance-rock" motion
the end of the eighties, with the bands like The Stones Roses and The
Mondays. On the other hand, Rinôçérôse doesn't integrate the voice in
compositions. This instrumental side allows you to consider the group like
some precursors. Thus, if this album had been released 4 or 5 years ago, it
probably have been a failure, because people were less eclectic. For Rinôçérôse,
"Chemical Brothers is the band who has rallied people to electronic
The album starts with the warm electronic groove of the house: the
song with the revealing name La Guitaristic House Organisation,
some noisy guitar chords, Radiocapte, Sublimior, and the
choise Le Mobilier. Then, a few digressions follow, some acoustic
(323 Secondes De Musique Répétitive Avec Guitare Espagnole
flamenco sounds), some bluesy (I Love My Guitar), some bossa
(Mes Vacances A Rio), to finish with pop songs like Popular
Mechanics, Rock Classics Volume 1 (which begins with a
The Cure, from the Seventeen Seconds period), and Le
In spite of this mix of musical styles, Rinôçérôse is a "rockers"
group. There are only two effective members, but we can include Johnny
Palumbo (programming), omnipresent in spite of his place in the shade, as
well as some "faithful friends" present during the concerts: Florian
and Rémi Saboul (guitars), Fred Pace (drums), Franck Gauthier (flute) and
Fred Ladoué (displays).
Copyright © 1999 Patrick Dubail