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Bonjour Chennai!, Says French Band, Colt Silvers

We are not nervous, but are certainly excited as we never thought we’d bring our music so far from home — says the popular French band, Colt Silvers. They recently performed for the first time in the city as a part of the third edition of Bonjour India festival. The vocalist Tristan speaks about the band, performing in India and more..

We are not nervous, but are certainly excited as we never thought we’d bring our music so far from home — says the popular French bandColt Silvers. They recently performed for the first time in the city as a part of the third edition of Bonjour India festival. The vocalist Tristan speaks about the band, performing in India and more..

MUSIC BEYOND FRANCE
Hailing from the city of Strasbourg, the band has vocalist Tristan, bass player Nicolas, guitarist Florian and drummer Julien. We are termed as the French Alt J by the popular magazine Les Inrockuptibles, and the band produces intense indie electro rock which is inspired by pop-culture. We started gaining popularity beyond France within a year of our inception with our debut release Night of the Living Robots in 2009. With our sophomore Red Panda and EP — Gold Trees Gold in the following year, we extensively toured across the world. Our latest album Swords, co-produced and mixed by the Grammy nominated Fab Dupont, is filled with danceable and feelgood tracks. In fact, the album has received rave reviews from popular French magazines and critics.


IT ALL STARTED LAST YEAR
We met Naveen Deshpande, the founder of event management agency, last year and he brought us here to India. We have played two shows so far in New Delhi and Chennai, the experience has been great. We have nine more to go.


ENTHRALLED SEEING THE INDIAN CROWD
It was amazing to watch the crowd start dancing, right from the time we had started performing. They seemed to be well acquainted with what we do, too. I saw people singing the lyrics along with us. It’s a great feeling for us when the audience connects right away and it also encourages us to perform better at live shows. People around the world are familiar with rock bands adding electro and hip-hop sounds to their music now, it’s been that way for quite some time so I think it does not come as a shock for the audience.


PASSION FOR SCIENCE FICTION BROUGHT US TOGETHER
Our passion for science fiction brought us together to form this band and that’s how we started playing music together. We met at San Francisco International Film Festival and discussed a lot about our common interests. So, we decided to put this influence together with our rock’n’roll background and see what happens.


WE PLAY WHAT THE AUDIENCE WANT US TO PLAY
We are changing one or two songs depending on the mood of the night and the audience in every city. We pretty much decide these things on the stage. It’s all eye contact and we ask — do we play this? It’s a little dangerous, and yeah it depends on the city. But we make sure the vibe stays the same. We’re still getting acquainted with the Indian audience and what they like as it is our second show after Delhi, in Chennai.


EYES AND EARS ARE OPEN DURING THE TOUR
We would be more than happy if any collaboration offer comes our way. We’ll see what happens but our eyes and ears are open during the tour. We are working on an album with an orchestra in France which we will release in December.

Source - The Times of India 

Image source - The Hindu 

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