4

Road Trip, Anyone? If You Want To See Nouvelle Vague, You'll Have To

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

One more sign that Houston don't count for jack: Nouvelle Vague is playing Dallas (Feb. 12) and Austin (13th), but no Houston date. Hmmm...where have I heard this story before? NV have been wildly popular in Europe since their eponymous 2004 debut. We first stumbled upon them when we heard their amazing cover of the Dead Kennedys' "Too Drunk To Fuck."

The brainchild of producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, the debut album featured a mix of punk and New Wave covers presented in a perky bossa nova musical format. Collin and Libaux are the backbone of the band. As producers, they choose from a variety of Euro female singers, and have even worked with Julie Delpy on "LaLaLa," which was featured in the movie Two Nights in Paris.

As Collin explains on the NV Web site, "The original concept of Nouvelle Vague was to use young girl singers who don't know the meaning of punk and post-punk music. That way they are bringing something new and totally fresh to the songs."

French chanteuse Melanie Pain is one of NV's singers. Pain describes her influences as "Francois Hardy, Nick Cave, Claudine Longet, Nancy Sinatra, and Leonard Cohen." Works for us, and it is exactly the type of voice that works well within the NV framework. Here she is singing one of her own compositions, "(This Is Not) A Love Song."

So, Houstonians, once again it looks like a road trip to Austin or Dallas to catch one of the hippest Euro acts around. Yes, you are correct - this means we are awfully uncool.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.