The Locomotive Sound Corporation – Self Titled (2011)

Aureien Dubois-Pham from the Domino Media Agency bring them to my attention and well, it was a quite nice surprise.
How many times in the last few decades it was declared: “rock is dead!” and get buried? I think indie is dead. Or at least I thought so. Then out of blue appeared Jack and Meg White and at the break of the century they had their own little revolution and gave new sense for something which faded out of sense. Since, we’ve got The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys and a few other exciting acts. Now we’ve got to add another name to this list: The Locomotive Sound Corporation.
Instead Alison Mosshart we’ve got more like a raging PJ Harvey from ’93 (“Rid of Me”) and raw, garage rock with roots back to Sonic Youth. And the Parisian band got a fan-friendly attitude: this self titled, five track debut EP scheduled to be released on July 11, 2011 can be listen and downloaded from their Bandcamp page for $1 (“or more”).

They have a few profile pages on some less or more trendy sites, but they keep their line-up well guarded secret. Anyway, my French still sucks.
But we’ve got their music. Intense, tensioned vocals, burning grooves, obsessive drums, subtle, pumping bass, screaming guitars, lots of nerve, contorted noises and charming, mysterious melodies in a perfect balance and mixture. Electrifying might be the right word to describe it.
My favorites are the opening “Last Train” and “Turn Into Rage”, but “Rounded Circles”, “Poison” and “King Kong” are also raw, dirty, disturbing pieces of an absolutely promising debut. Quite obsessive and addictive.

Next gig : July 22th : L’International – 5,7 rue Moret – Paris 11e (France) w/ Like Horses Do.

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