Bristol’s favourite French son François returns with the scintillating Atlas Mountains band for a very special party show to present “E Volo Love”, his first album on Domino Records, with special guests and DJs at The Motorcycle Showroom, the new choice spot in Bristol. Bring dancing feet, expect January warmth, bespoke art decor and special efforts.
François had it coming. In 2003 this prodigiously gifted young musician and visual artist from Saintes, France turned up in Bristol with a trumpet, put an ad in a shop window and three weeks later he was in Crescent, one of the weird and magical Bristol bands that convinced him to follow his muse to the west of England. Five years of musical friend-making (including hook-ups with Rozi Plain, This Is The Kit, Rachael Dadd and more), art-crafting and lake-swimming followed, along with a series of increasingly assured releases on Stitch Stitch Records. Then a return to France and the release of the sublime ‘Plain Indonable’ album cocked the ears of Domino, who signed François and his Atlas Mountains band last year, the first fruits of which is ‘E Volo Love’: a majestic thrust to the big stage that sees a love of African rhythms tangle strongly with his trademark bi-lingual vocals and subtle way with artful melodic songcraft. Live he has become a unique showman, propelling himself and band into spectacular swirls of electronically-endowed indie colour.
Support gladly comes in the shape of the The Liftmen, chiming in with their spry guitar pop, a new album ‘Luftwaffe Pond’ finally dropping on Andy Votel’s Twisted Nerve label in the early spring after it was destroyed in the PIAS fires earlier this year. 2012 should see their deceptively deadly, left-leaning melodies rise to the surface of the musical pond.
Plus the soulful casio-pop of Barbarossa, the work of London-based James Mathe who crossed François’ path through a mutual connection with King Creosote’s Fence Collective.