samedi 14 mars 2015

Concert le 25 Avril à Rennes

Cela faisait un moment que nous n'avions de concert de programmé, le très bon Webzine "Pop is on fire" nous offre cette opportunité en organisant cette soirée Indiepop pour notre plus grand plaisir !
et dès le  début d'après-midi nous jouerons en show-case chez le disquaire "It's Only" .

mardi 10 février 2015

explications sur les textes sous forme d'interview de quelques chansons de l'album " Love is an action" par Richard Earls

So, Richard, what of Two fools, King of the Fools and Love is Love ?
 What made you write them?

Well, Oscar it’s a good question but, I have no control over these things; they just come to me – when I’m driving, sitting on a train, at the supermarket....

I make sense of them afterwards. As for these three songs, they can best be explained in the following way:
A holiday romance can seem so real, until your first day back at school or work when reality kicks in. Will it outlast the summer? When the first frost bites, will you still be ‘phoning each other? Who will forget to call first?
These three songs were written after one such – all too brief - love affair.

And She’s Had a Few?

Quite different Oscar. We have all met her (or him, of course, I just had a particular person in mind, that’s all), propping up the bar on a Friday night – holding court – telling tales of past glories.
 I’m the same, if I were to be honest, I’m just lucky to still be creating these songs with Fanou and being released on wonderful independent music labels like Discos de Kirlian (back to the song, ed.). Trading on past glories or not, the subject of the song has a story to tell and advice to give so, take the time to listen – you might just learn something.

What’s the story behind Boy Meets Girl, then, Richard?

Shopping malls were where we all used to gather on Saturdays and after school.
We usually went around in packs, with one eye on our clothes and the other on the gangs of girls who used to hang out in the clothes shops and cafés, hoping to – accidentally on purpose – bump into one to ask out.
But young love doesn’t always work out, hence the question ‘Is it a happy tune or a sad melody?’ Are you prepared to – or should you – give up your hopes and dreams for true love?

Is A Video On Someone Else’s Phone a confession, by any chance?
Let’s say it’s a cautionary tale..... make a mistake in an moment of madness only to regret it at leisure (and with photographic evidence).

lundi 9 février 2015

vendredi 6 février 2015

Reviews :
I don't know much about Skittle Alley (the name seems to be misspelled on the Soundcloud clip).  If my research is correct the band is the bedroom recording project of Carlos Rene.  I think both Carlos and his bedroom are in Madrid.  I discovered the song "Boy Meets Girl", and think it is terrific.  It is from and album named Love Is An Action, which is available at  the links below.  It is lovely, euphoric pop music.  Turn it up and let it wash over you.
Skittle Alley, the band from our good friend Fanou, has a new album out now on Discos de Kirlián. French band on Spanish label. Good combo.  I believe that this album (or mini-album?) of 8 songs has only been pressed 100 times. There are 50 copies of the digipak in brown and another 50 in blue. The blue looking nicer if you ask me! You can also stream all the songs on the label bandcamp. Seems everyone are streaming every song from every release these days! Must be a trend. Nobody wants to be surprised by a B side? In any case, the CD is only 5 euros plus shipping, an unbeatable price. I also read that this year Limoges Popfest better known as Pop & Merguez, where Fanou is one of the enthusiastic organizers, is making a comeback. It’s fantastic news indeed!!

dimanche 1 février 2015

Review de l'album sur :

SKITTLE ALLEY Love Is An Action CD (Discos de Kirlian)
Skittle Alley are among my favourite indiepop bands around at the moment, so I was excited to learn of this new CD out on Spanish label Discos de Kirlian. There are 8 songs here, which in true DIY indiepop tradition were recorded at home. Skittle Alley's style of indiepop shows the band are acquainted with the music from the genre's golden age, but rather than simply rehashing the past, they have the talent to add their own individual touches that make the music sound fresh and new. The songs are built around lyrics by Richard Earls, whose Older Wiser Harder vol 1 CD with Thierry Audousset was reviewed earlier this issue, whilst the lyrics to Secret were written by Gary Sansom, who is well known to indiepop fans as the founder of Dufflecoat Records. This is bittersweet, catchy indiepop, gentle but with signs at times of a more forceful nature under the surface (as heard for example in Video on Someone Else's Phone, with its vigorous guitar solo and the driving rhythm in the chorus), and often swathing jangle within an airy and dreamlike atmosphere. The album is an absolute breath of fresh air from start to finish; it's releases like this that make me so glad to have stumbled across indiepop all those years ago, and also to know that there are bands like Skittle Alley around today with such an infectious enthusiasm for the genre. I can't recommend this enough, and hope there will be much more to come from this band in future. Visit and

lundi 12 janvier 2015

paroles des chansons par Richard Earls, except " Secret " écrite par Gary Sansom

                                                LOVE IS LOVE
Love is love and love is fine
If you find another lover, I don’t mind
Our love could be forever
Summer time, winter time we’ll always be together

 When it’s cold outside and the sun as gone
Our love could be forever
Don’t need to worry ‘bout stormy weather

 The day’s so long in the summer
Day’s so warm in the summer
When you say so long to the summer
Don’t let your love go cold

 who needs love when you’re on your own
All you need is a hand to hold
Two weeks of sunny weather
Don’t mean lovers gonna stay together

                                            BOY MEETS GIRL
Boy meets girl
In a shopping mall
She caught his eye
In Accessorize
He was hanging around
She was killing time

Boy meets girl
Like a head on collision
At the pop corn stand
They were holding hands
By the photo booth
She’d made her decision

Do you know the tune
To boy meets girl?
It’s a simple
Boy meets girl
In a shopping mall,
Boy meets Girl

                                                      SHE'S HAD A FEW
She’s had a few,
one or two,
Maybe three or four.
She’ll give you fifteen minutes;
Not a minute more

She might just tell you why
Or even tell you who
She might tell you
 when and how
She did the things
 she used to do

Now’s the time to ask
She might just let you see
What goes on behind the mask
That shrouds the truth in mystery

About the lies,
about the truth
The lovers and the lawsuits
The songs she stole,
 the songs she sings
She’ll spill it all
for just one drink

                                              KING OF THE FOOLS
It was so long ago I can still remember
Dancing slow to ‘The Great Pretender’
That’s when I fell in love with you
Now my friends call me, the King of the Fools

King of the Fools, King of the Fools
Now they call me King of the Fools

You were breaking hearts and all the rules
Only  the best would do
Oh, I was such a fool,
When I fell in love with you

King of the Fools, King of the Fools
That’s when they crowned me, King of the Fools

It was summer and the days were long
Filled with sunshine, we were living just for fun
The days grew cloudy and rain it did fall
That’s when you said, ‘I don’t love you no more’

King of the Fools, King of the Fools
Now my friends call me the King of the Fools
My friends told me but I guess I knew
I’d always be the King of the Fools

                                     VIDEO ON SOMEONE ELSE'S PHONE
I woke up
In a strange bed
I don’t know
How I got there

I woke up
In a strange bed
Don’t know what I did
Or what I said

So I stare at the ceiling and
Close my eyes
Stare at the ceiling and
Press rewind

But I wake up again
As she takes my hand
But I don’t know
What happened (how I got there)

I  keep a secret,
 here in my head
I shall divulge this,
let it be said
You can ask me
 so nicely
And ask me so

This secret memory
Will stay with me

Memories comes and goes
Like night,
but with shadows
My secret dances in the night
Try to keep my secret tight
Keep it buried in my head
There to stay, it has been said

                                                 TWO FOOLS
Now the evening
 has come to a close
Everybody’s leaving
‘cos everybody knows
It’s not just the summer
 that’s come to an end
(And) those of us who are lovers
 can never more be friends

We were two fools
 (didn’t know right from wrong)
Two fools
 (one fool since has gone)
Two fools
(to think our love could last that long)
We were two fools
 but one fool since has gone

We thought the summer
 would never end
Now it’s over I guess
 I’ll just pretend
I’ll stay in my room,
 lock myself in
I’m not coming out
 until the sun shines again

voici la pochette de l'album et la tracklist