Sept. 23 2011
We Are Enfant Terrible, Cheveu, Ponctuation and Le Monde Dans le Feu @ Le Cercle, Québec, QC
Move over Paul from the Rural Alberta Advantage, Cyril from We Are Enfant Terrible is my new favourite drummer (well at least for tonight).
Lovably geeky, tremendously talented and surprisingly athletic, the guy’s a riot to watch. He does not miss a beat. Even when slipping glasses are lost. Even when the drum crumbles. Even when contortions become necessary to make it to the end of the song.
Yet one might argue he’s the band’s minor character.
Singer Clo occupies centre stage, elegantly disclaiming here, shouting there not-so-perfect-English lyrics, in an oh-so-French fashion. She’s gorgeous, and her looks explains the hitherto curiously numerous bunch of seriously over-excited nerds making up the crowd.
Conspicuous in a corner stands the band’s mastermind Thomas. Efficiently low-key.
The result is amazing electro/new wave/8-bit beats and superb stage presence (albeit tamed by an omnipresent camera tonight). What a show. I was so enthralled I forgot to record anything.
Three bands were preceding the main act. I walked in halfway through Le Monde dans le Feu‘s set. Electro-punk with dismal singing, so much so they had to project their lyrics as an animated backdrop just to make sure we got them. Still they were curiously endearing and contagiously fun.
Then were Ponctuation, a 60’s rock and roll trash duo who went for a short yet efficient heavy, distorted yé-yé performance.
Third up were Cheveu, who were awful. Undiscerningly loud, screechy, annoying.
No matter. We Are Enfant Terrible capped the night in style. I strongly recommend.