Bombers, synth drum’n pop

After Honey For Petzi, in parallel to Larytta, here is Bombers. Conversation with Christian Pahud, creator of this fine album in duo with Michel Blanc

Julie Henoch - 2018-02-15
Bombers, synth drum’n pop -
Bombers, synth drum’n pop -
Bombers, synth drum’n pop -

« The project was born on stage, it was supposed to be a one shot for a carte blanche at the Impetus Festival several years ago. There was Michel Blanc and myself, and some members of Honey For Petzi who joined us on stage. We mixed with our sound engineer Jeremy Conne; the cover was produced by the artist Francis Baudevin, who showed us one evening some rather rough sketches which had nothing to do with what he usually does, and we thought it a pity not to show them.... that’s how it is, between friends », says Christian Pahud, drummer, composer and plastic artist who has become a legend within the Lausanne rock scene. M/W, this first album of the Bombers duo, is an alternation of synthetic instrumentals and pop songs supported by solid post-rock rhythms. 

 

 

Christian Pahud, one of the nominees for the Swiss Music Grand Prix 2015 and the founder of the rock group Honey For Petzi and the electro group, Larytta is co-author of the Bombers’ compositions with Michel Blanc. The latter is a discreet but highly talented multi-instrumentalist from French-speaking Switzerland who has also played with Sinner DC and Brazen. "We both sing - when it sounds better, it's him." Then there’s Mark Blakebrough on drums, also from Brazen: "I wanted to work with a drummer I like. We have a fairly similar playing style, rock-based and fairly intense. It was also about being able to do something else’’. Essentially keyboards: "a lot of vintage synths, Wurlitzer, Moog, Eurorack, a little bit of everything in fact... including a lot of Clavinet - the electronic harpsichord used in funk and reggae - but played differently."  

It took the duo more than five years to "take the time to make" this energetic album, with elaborate textures, catchy tunes and a number of references: “It’s not really nostalgic, or revolutionary," adds the versatile drummer. “The musical paradigm hasn’t really changed since the late 80’s. There have been people like Stockhausen, Morton Subotnik and later, Aphex Twin, who created new, previously unheard sound spaces, we are still recycling those in a post-modern continuation, we must believe that we haven’t yet covered everything. (...) It fascinates me, the question of music entering the modern age, the relationship between music and technology. Recording has made huge advances, and now we have the ability to create impossible sounds, sounds which are acoustically illogical. When Frank Sinatra can whisper over a really powerful orchestra, it's impressive."

Christian Pahud remains convinced - as does one of his idols, Brian Eno - that there has never been so much good music around as there is today. "The hard thing is to be selective, to make enough space in your brain to sort everything out." What does this self-taught half-artist, half-teacher, and "totally scattered" musician seek in this multiplicity and all his activities? "I'm trying to stay busy! I need to fill time, I’m afraid of getting bored, but I look after myself by trying to do a bit less." So Bombers will be playing "some cool dates here and there, one-offs, no tour", before Christian Pahud takes off again to go solo with a "very electronic" formula, in the autumn. 

 

Bombers, MW, Vitesse records, Distribution Irascible.

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