LA BATTUE

Indie Pop

FRANCE

BIO

When you first meet Ellie and Bertrand James, it’s quite easy to feel that they’ve been playing music together for a while… but siblings have their ups and downs, teenager rivalries, like some other pop bands have experienced beforehand. Though having grown up in France in a British family (they both have dual nationality), it is Californian sixties pop music that formed the background to their childhood. As they grew up, their paths separated : Ber-trand began his drumming career with TOTORRO in 2011, and Ellie joined MERMONTE as keyboard player and singer.

In 2016, she summoned up the courage to invite her brother to listen to the songs that she wrote in her bedroom, mostly voice and keyboards ; the spark was there. A few years later, the duo meet Yurie Hu, from Korea, also singer and keyboard player in a band called YachtClub. Her experience in impro-vised music made of this newfound sister the perfect match for their song-writing : LA BATTUE was born.

This new extended family, with their very British sense of humour, is the mir-ror image of another quirky team, the Tenenbaum Family. Wes Andersen is one of their inspirations, to which can be added the repetitive and dreamlike music of Steve Reich/Philip Glass, the experimentations and love of analog sounds in Broadcast, Stereolab’s verve, Local Natives’ and Grizzly Bear’s orchestral pop… All these influences are brought together by their taste in vintage, fifties, rich vocal harmonies. The songwriting is simple, effective and catchy, and smells of the fresh summer breeze ; quite normal when you grow up listening to Pet Sound, the cult album of another family affair, the Beach Boys. However, behind this apparent laid-back attitude, a soft melancholia haunts their surrealistic lyrics and their offbeat sense of humor, finding it’s inspiration in Monthy Python or Flight of the Conchords.

This mix of cultures and influences make LA BATTUE a unique band.As they aim to make bodies move to the beat, whilst keeping the music pop and fresh, the six songs in this first EP guarantee to make LA BATTUE the best sunshine pop band around, certified guitar-less. And no matter how hard you look, it’s hard to find an equal in France…or anywhere else, for that matter.

DISCOGRAPHY

2021 : Get Set, Go ! – EP (Parapente Music)
2019 : Search Party – EP (Parapente Music / Pschent Music)

DATES

Upcoming

Past

17/072022
FESTIVAL LES VIEILLES CHARRUES→ CARHAIX PLOUGUER
17/082022
LES SUSPENSIONS DE L ETE→ CHATEAUGIRON
29/042022
BONJOUR MINUIT→ SAINT BRIEUC
28/042022
LE TETRIS→ LE HAVRE
23/042022
LE NOVOMAX→ QUIMPER
22/042022
L'HYDROPHONE→ Lorient
21/042022
LA NOUVELLE VAGUE→ SAINT MALO
02/042022
LE LIEU UNIQUE→ NANTES
26/032022
CCCOD→ Tours
20/112021
LA VAPEUR→ DIJON
19/112021
LE BOTANIQUE - WITLOOF BAR→ BRUXELLES
18/112021
ASSOCIATION PELPASS & CIE→ Strasbourg
17/112021
L'AEROGARE→ Metz
16/112021
LE POINT EPHEMERE→ Paris
15/102021
La Rodia→ Besançon
09/102021
LA GRANGE A MUSIQUE→ CREIL
02/102021
L ECHONOVA→ SAINT AVE
14/092021
Le Diapason→ Rennes
08/092021
Le Jardin Moderne→ Rennes
21/082021
VARMA ! Festival→ Riantec
13/082021
LA GARE COUSTELLET→ Maubec
26/062021
Eté Frappé 2021→ Mâcon
18/062021
Gare à La Rochette→ Thoré la Rochette
13/062021
UN SINGE EN ETE→ Mayenne
19/032021
LA GAÏTE LYRIQUE→ Paris 03
14/022020
Festival Travelling - Association Clair Obscur→ Rennes