FOUDRE!, the supergroup composed of Frédéric D. Oberland, Romain Barbot, Paul Régimbeau and Grégory Buffier invites us to take part in its Future Sabbath.
Gathering regularly since their debut in 2015, FOUDRE! brings together electronic and acoustic instruments, merging incarnate and disembodied souls, past and snippets of a post-apocalyptic future.
1: When people are struck by lightening the mark that appears on their body looks like an intricately detailed silhouette of a fern tree.
2: There are some sharks who are 300 years old.
3: The world’s 2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet’s population; the 22 richest men in the world have more wealth than all the women in Africa; getting the richest one percent to pay just 0.5 percent extra tax on their wealth over the next 10 years would equal the investment needed to create 117 million jobs in sectors such as elderly and childcare, education and health.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Creating a mythology based on common things: Nature, daily life, struggle, small details, subconscious, chance and « amor mundi ».
2. How and when did you get into making music?
Romain: When I was 14 y.o, I went to Graz for a school exchange. I was a big fan of Nirvana and my correspondent was playing in a grunge band « Cannon Fodder », I remember that the bass player told me he had started playing 6 months ago. I asked my parents to buy me a bass just after that but my uncle told me to try guitar instead … 3 months after, I had learnt all the Nirvana songs and started a band.
Paul: I was in college, trying to produce hip hop beats on cracked softwares.
Frédéric: Piano when I was 6, guitar when I was 16. Still don’t know how to play both so I’m always starting something else.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
This is not our 5 but 6 favorite albums of all time.
Neil Young – The Dead Man’s Soundtrack
This Heat – Deceit
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath,1972
Sunn O))) – Black One
Coil – The Ape Of Naples
Miles Davis – The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
All the trees, parks and unique places like the Tempelhof Park. Wim Wenders & Fassbinder’s movies, Einstürzende Neubauten, techno parties, and this venue called « Urban Spree » where we played a couple of times with other of our projects. We are looking forward to play with FOUDRE! when it will be possible again!
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Paul: Home too. But as everything is closed with COVID-19, it’s kind of obvious…
Frédéric: Wait, are they still something else « open » these times? -> my home(-studio)…
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Romain: Painting, photography, create / build useful and useless things … another creative medium.
Paul: I can see myself working with animals.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Romain: the last King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard LP.
Paul: Last Zelienople’s LP on Miasmah Recordings.
Frédéric: Some Portuguese music compilation called « La Danza Del Agua » on Discrepant.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Romain: Today I would say Valentina Magaletti.
Paul: Valentina Magaletti too!
Frédéric: Yes, Valentina!
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Romain: Recently, the Visions Festival with FOUDRE! … we were in trance … pure magic.
Frédéric: Same as well! Probably you should have been there: https://youtu.be/WrjG3Q6I7UU
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Paul: Important enough as I have different software and hardware, but I make the most of what I have, I don’t run after the newest thing.
Frédéric: I love trying new things, getting lost, then to found something else than the initial plan and be back to a new normal.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
Romain: I have a little brother … I guess he was more into my former « rock » bands than my experimental projects but he seems happy for me
Paul: I have a bigger sister. She does workshops of book binding with kids and adults. I don’t think I do the kind of music she listens to, but I think she’s happy for me.
Frédéric: No more family on my side but I do have friends and beautiful people around me than I consider as siblings. Some of them like what I’m doing, some of them don’t care really, for something specific or for the whole. But I guess they do are happy for me.
Continuing its exploration of improvised music as a haunting ritual at the confines of the Martian territories of noise, drone and ambient, FOUDRE!, the supergroup composed of Frédéric D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête, Le Réveil des Tropiques,FareWell Poetry), Romain Barbot (Saåad), Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf, Extreme Precautions, Autrenoir) and Grégory Buffier (Autrenoir, Mätisse) invites us to take part in its Future Sabbath. Fifth album of the group, this project stems from a desire to probe the invisible forces that live within us, through a ceremony that brings together occult sciences, forgotten landscapes and the fever of the unconscious. Created around the recording of one of their live shows at Instants Chavirés (Montreuil, France), overdubbed by the band then produced by their dedicated sound engineer Camille Jamain, it is also an invitation to a dance, a secret dance, embodied by a powerful breath of life, an electronic discharge against the temptation of a toxic cynicism.
Photo © Eline Guiller