Monday, 24 November 2014

Trans Musicales 2014 preview: Grand Blanc

Next month sees the Rencontres Trans Musicales de Rennes festival, running from December 3 to
December 7.

I'll be over to see the event, a well-selected showcase for emerging and established talent including - as you would expect - some French acts that are well deserving of your attention.

Over the next few days I'll be previewing some of the acts that are playing at the event, as well as updating and reporting from the event once I'm there.

First act to fall under the Vive Le Roq spotlight is Grand Blanc.

They are label mates of Moodoid and Les Superets, two acts that hugely impressed me last year. All three acts are on Disques Enterprise, a label that champions emerging acts performing in French.

Listening to Grand Blanc you can hear an influence of the likes of the Cure and New Order, at least in terms of atmosphere, but Grand Blanc take a more electro approach that locates them firmly in the 21st century.

It would be easy to compare them to the likes of indie electro acts like Bastille or Chvrches, but to be honest I reckon Grand Blanc are streets ahead in terms of doing something interesting.

Grand Blanc realsed their first EP in September this year. Hopefully it won't be too long until we hear more from them.

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