Deux Frupis, Your Hosts For Tiger-Pig-Playtime

Update (Sept. 1, 6:10 p.m.): This article has been edited from its original content.

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Deux Frupis, Your Hosts For Tiger-Pig-Playtime
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By and large, people need some sense of morality, and that's why Deux Frupis is this week's Artist of the Week. DF is a wholesome, gummy, gleeful indie-pop group with a ton of a charm. They even employ a piano player, which is a pretty good indication of just how upstanding they are. So we reached out for an interview and had them discuss pictures of pigs playing with tigers, Michael Cera and a hypothetical dilemma that they totally ducked. Hit the jump to see their answers, as well as hear some of their music.

Rocks Off: When we put "Deux Frupis" into the search box of Google Images, this picture came up. Would you say that that's a fair representation of the band, a tiger laying down with some little pigs climbing on him?

Joel Gottsegen: Yes, to some extent. Our music allows otherwise belligerent beings to come together for some tiger-pig-playtime. In fact, you've given us an idea for the second album title:


. Catchy.

Deux Frupis, "One for the Proles"

RO: It seems like this is a question that needs to be asked: What is a Deux Frupis? Brooke Kantor: We had no idea what "Deux Frupis" was when we came up with the name, and we still don't. We thought that it sounded funny, and there has been a lot of speculation about exactly what it references; suggestions have included everything from innuendo to an obscure New Age blog. We spent months trying out other names - the Charming Highlanders, the Grapes, etc. - but in the end, all of the good names were taken, and we stuck with Deux Frupis.  

Deux Frupis, Your Hosts For Tiger-Pig-Playtime

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RO: That song "Till The Whistle Blows" is cool. It sounds like something they'd play four-fifths of the way into in a funny Michael Cera movie when things start to try and get a little serious. They'd probably show him walking alone in the mall looking very melancholy. And there'd probably be a part where he walks by the front of a store that has something in the display window that reminds him of the girl that's causing him his current misery. JG: That's not a question. But yes, it is what we were going for. We decided that an acoustic song would balance out some of our higher energy stuff, and it's awesome to have eighty people at a show waving glowing cell phones along to the beat. Also, when you're on a limited budget, an acoustic song saves some serious money in the studio. It took about one fifth of the time that we spent on any of the other songs.

Deux Frupis, "Sunnypop"

RO: Don't you think every single rock band would be improved with the addition of a piano player? We can't remember the last time I heard a song from a rock band with a piano in it and thought, "Man, that piano player really ruined that song." Koby Caplan: We use our piano player to drown out our guitar player. If there were no piano, you would be saying, "Man, that guitar player really ruined that song." Just kidding. But seriously, we really are glad to have Brooke, our pianist, as part of the band. The piano, along with her vocals, gives our music an extra dimension that sets us apart from other high school bands. RO: Let's say you were on schedule to play at some really big, important festival. You were playing as part of a Houston set along with the Tontons, Wild Moccasins, Buxton and B L A C K I E. At the last possible second, the event coordinator tells your band that they've made a mistake and booked one too many Houston bands. One of the other four will not get to play the show. There's no way to combine performances. Some band is just SOL. And you're in charge of picking who gets the boot. And that band will hate you forever. And you can't pick your band. Who do you pick? Why? BK: We couldn't decide. It was a five-way tie. Even though there were four options. Cop-out. Sorry. RO: Any upcoming shows or albums or anything else you want to plug? Now's the time to do it. JG: We'll have a show at the end of May at Fitzgerald's - the date isn't concrete yet but it will be the weekend of May 29. Also, our brand new album, The Bird That Said Deux Frupis, is now available on iTunes! Go check it out. You can hear a couple of tracks on our MySpace. In terms of future projects, we're working on new material, and are using sales of our albums and shows to finance our next CD, which we hope to release sometime later this year.

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