Art Rock in Saint-Brieuc: why the arrival of Phoenix is ​​exceptional - Saint-Brieuc

Art Rock in Saint-Brieuc: why the arrival of Phoenix is ​​exceptional – Saint-Brieuc

This is an event that, strangely enough, does not seem to be one of them. As if wrapped in unexpected confidentiality. This Friday, June 3, on its “Big Stage”, the festival of Saint-Brieuc
Art Rock will host one of the few French groups with an international dimension: Phoenix. It must be said that in five years, the date of their last album, the French pop rock quartet has had time to fade a little from their memories, and especially to escape the younger generation, which is rather indulging in the presence of Clara Luciani or Laylow. Let’s go back to Phoenix in Phoenix.

Legates of the “French touch”

Hailing from the nearby suburbs of Versailles, Phoenix was formed in a very special period of French music: the 1990s, in the midst of the French touch, this pioneering movement today glorified by the generalization of electronic music in the record industry. Initially a trio (Thomas Mars, the singer, Deck d’Arcy and Christian Mazzalai), Phoenix was completed by Laurent Brancowitz; the latter had just left Darlin ‘, which would later become Daft Punk, another French monument.

Six studio albums have been born from the spirit of Phoenix, so far. His first tracks were electronic, French touch required, but quickly moved closer to British rock. From their first album “United”, released in 2000, will be born “If I Ever Feel Better”, a timeless song, already placing the band on the map of world music.

Famous in the United States

Because yes, Phoenix, and many don’t know it, has a real international aura. A recognition definitely gleaned in the 2010s, thanks to the repercussions of the album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” (2009). Titles such as “Lisztomania” or “1901” marked, across the Atlantic.

The American media smelled the contagious power of the little French, the band would even promote their record on all the biggest American Late shows: Saturday Night Live with Seth Rogen (on NBC) – it was the first time in the story of this popular show that a guest band was French – will follow the famous sets of Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and another Jimmy Fallon.

The consecration comes at the end of that same year. The record “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” then received the Grammy Award for Best Independent Album of the Year, on the nose and beard of Depeche Mode, in particular.

Not enough, on October 20, 2010, Phoenix became the first French band to perform at New York’s Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people. A few weeks earlier, Versailles were hosting a concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl amphitheater in Los Angeles.

Exclusive songs and sets

“The Art Rock Festival has wanted them for a long time!” We’ve been discussing them with them for a year, and today the festival is hosting Phoenix for the world premiere, ”says programmer Alice Boinet.

Three years away, five years without an album. Phoenix unveiled on June 1st a new song, Alpha Zulu, and the Briochins will hear it live for the first time. Just like other unreleased tracks, most likely, since the Versailles band is currently preparing their new album.

Another exclusivity for Art Rock: the scenography. Phoenix fans know this, his concerts are licked, energetic and sunny. “They will present a very special scenography, an immersive show,” says Alice Boinet. Pieces and a set that the group will then exhibit for two additional dates in France, only, before a European and then American tour. A chance for the Briochins, you were told.


Phoenix, on the Great Rock Art Stage, Friday, June 3, 2022, from 11:00 PM to 0:30 AM.

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