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Les Chardons is a new French group which sounds really interesting. And here
we get an interview with them. November -2014
-It’s all a story of music… I used to play bass and I just left Niveau Zero.
I’ve been thinking of creating my own band for a long time. I asked Ludo, a
friend of mine who was composing music on his own, if he was interested by
the challenge… The musical compositions emerged one after another, and then,
I decided to write my own lyrics and to sing, just to see… Finally, Gilles
joined us to play bass, Ben (a friend of mine for 20 years who plays guitar)
and then it all started …
-We are 4 30-something, coming from the Grande Région, in the north-east of France, united by our passion for high-energy and motivating rock music … Well, something nasty… Ben Hammantis thinks there’s nothing wrong to say about Ben H lol … Arnaud’s problem is his IKEA square drums, Ben C’s beard is always full of skorpor crumbs and, when on stage NaB K confuses his beer can with his microphone ….
-Chardons are stinging perennials that can grow in very poor soil, but they give beautiful purple flowers. Chardons are one of the symbols of Lorraine, the region where we live in France.
-Yes, but maybe one day, we may write lyrics in another language.
-The energy and power that people add to music… and beer…
-Small “rock ‘n’ roll” café concert with a real proximity to people.
-It’s not so easy, there are very few places to perform. Punk rock is
definitively not the most popular style of music, currently.
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Energy, rock and freedom
-Freedom full of energy… for music or life
- les-chardons.com and soundcloud
-We don't care about politics, we just enjoy life as much as possible.
-There are lots of “old” bands that are still active (Parabellum, Charge 69 etc…) and some new bands we discover from time to time… They are too many to be mentioned and we wouldn’t like to forget part of them.
-Beautiful landscapes and a great country to live in. We hope that maybe one day we’ll come and visit your country.
-NaB K writes the lyrics. He usually writes about life in general and freedom
-No, we are all musicians, the only message in our lyrics is “Enjoy your
-Sometimes, some lyrics can give you something to think about
-The most important thing is to share our music, and recording a “real album” is the solution to provide the public with an access to our songs. Beyond the excitement on releasing a CD, the quality of sound is what we really care about.
-During our last concert, a drunken guy spent part of the concert talking to the guitarist as if nothing had happened… we had a lot of fun when we saw the video…
-Many punk rock music lovers, a public who already knows the punk world. And it’s very exciting to see people vibrating to our music.
-It’s difficult to choose 5 bands or concerts…. The music we listen to is always so good… Family, friends, music, life…
-No, you’re the first, I’m curious to know because, to be honest, I don’t know…
-We listen to many different kinds of music and many different bands. We never thought “OK, let’s gonna do that…” We just make music as we feel it, and the public is the sole judge of the final result. Almost everything has been created in music, and it’s pretty hard to be different from all that already exists. Anyway, if our music sounds like any other band’s music, it’s purely unconscious.
-A video by the end of the year and a 12-song album in 2015.
-Maybe one day we shall have a drink with you in Sweden... Or even 3 or 4...