The Great Artiste from Nancy in France is Benoît Driencourt (Guitar), Aurélie Caillard (Bass), Etienne Beaud (Guitar / Vocal) and Quentin Masanet (drums) who comprise the new-wave outfit.
Nudge forwards to imbibe the profferings of The Great Artiste as they swirl sounds across the room. Subsumed vocals melts within fuzzed instruments as the quartet define their compositions with a sharp percussion that defines the parameters.
Squealing feedback sheers the nerves of the audience in the sardonic compositions as The Great Artiste blithely progress in an encapsulation of sonics that transfixes the listener. There is an earthy realism in the delivery that takes me back to the roots of my own foundations in a London punk band way back in the ’70s, as the quartet seek to deliver a soundscape to their own lives with no quarter given outside their own dimensions.
Honest music always gets my vote and The Great Artiste don’t seek to pontificate, merely comment on the world as they see it. A conundrum of confusion, which they describe from within. They are not seeking to deliver answers, far more importantly evocate the reality of life in the 2010’s with a complexity of ideologies.
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