BAD REPUTATION, Pierre de Gaillande's latest musical venture, is a translation of the lyrics of iconic French poet/singer Georges Brassens into English. Two volumes of the songs, translated and performed by de Gaillande, have been released on Barbes Records, and Vermillion Music, along with an illustrated folio of the translated poems published by Ugly Duckling Presse. De Gaillande performs these songs with a talented group of musicians at venues in the U.S.A. and abroad to great acclaim.
With BAD REPUTATION, Pierre has undertaken a daunting task; to translate a collection of the Brassens oeuvre, strictly adhering to the rhyme scheme, meter, and meaning of the original texts, while preserving their musicality and lyricism in English.
Brassens has been translated into many languages worldwide, yet attempts to do so into English have fallen short. This project is an opportunity for the Anglophone world to discover the work of this amazing songwriter, poet, and individual.
Among the many gifted musicians involved in this project are Joshua Camp, accordion, Ken Thompson, clarinet, Andrew Hall, bass, David Spinley, clarinet, Christian Bongers, bass, Tony Jarvis, bass clarinet and guitar, Quentin Jennings, charango, flute, and xylophone, and Gerald Menke, lap steel and dobro. Guest singers Dawn Landes, Hilary Downes, Christian Gibbs, Poor Baby Bree, and Olivier Conan have also graced the stage, and singers Eleni Mandell and Keren Ann lent their vocal talents to the recordings.
Bad Reputation has been featured on NPR's The World with Scott Simon, as well as French TV station TV5, and in countless publications and radio programs in France, Spain, and the US.
New York's MELOMANE make smart, cinematic rock music. Their distinctive sound has been compared to such disparate acts as Magnetic Fields, Roxy Music, Elvis Costello, Calexico, Wings, and Stereolab. "These tracks combine garage accessibility and boho poetry with an ingenuity that will win over intelligent listeners and show musicians just how far a band can travel..." (All Music Guide).
Originally conceived in 1998 by front-man Pierre de Gaillande, Melomane's line-up eventually solidified to include bassist/vocalist Daria Klotz, cellist/synth-player Frank Heer, keyboardist Quentin Jennings, and drummer Kenny Savelson. Melomane have four full length CD's and one EP in their catalog, available on Vermillion Records.
Over the band's career, Melomane have performed regularly in NYC, Europe, and at festivals and venues throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and France. They were sponsored by the US embassy in Moscow for concert series in Russia. Melomane has appeared in New York, nationally and internationally with artists such as Wilco, Keren Ann, Luna, Arab Strap, Eleni Mandell, Fastball, and many others.
Songs by Melomane are regularly featured on TV shows such as HBO's Real Sex, Discovery Channel's Alain Bourdain No Reservations, and many others.
Beginning in 2006, Pierre de Gaillande and Hilary Downes collaborated on made-to order songs written as wedding and birthday gifts. The songs sounded good, so they continued to write and record together for fun. Some West Coast musician friends invited them on a midsummer tour of Russia, Sweden and Finland. The night before disembarking, they scrambled to find a name for their act. An eponymous novel stared at them from the shelf, conjuring images of an element in constant transformation -- they settled quickly on The Snow. A band was born.
The Snow's influences are as diverse as their sound - having been described in turns as post-apocalyptic French cabaret, gypsy pop, and carnival Americana.
The band is comprised of de Gaillande on vocals, guitar, and banjo; Downes on vocals and keys; Jeffrey Schaeffer on drums and Christian Bongers on electric and upright bass.
Their follow-up, I Die Every Night, was released in early 2010, recorded by Shannon Ferguson at Serious Business Studios in New York. Additional tracking was done with Daniel Weintraub in New York, as well as in Ucross, Wyoming -- where de Gaillande spent a month in residence.
The Snow's third outing, Disaster is Your Mistress, is its most complex and lushly orchestrated album to date. Veteran engineer Charles 'Chicky' Reeves (Radiohead, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Tito Puente) navigates haunting classical flourishes, Motown horns and Beatlesque pop soundscapes to take the listener on an unexpected sonic journey. Think of Serge Gainsbourg hitching a ride with Carole King and Fiona Apple in a boat atop rolling rapids of champagne.
Sea Foxx was a perfect meeting of weird and wonderful musicians active in the early 2000s. They were only around for a couple of years, they never played outside of New York City, but they reached a state of undeniable artistic goodness rarely achieved in the world of music. Formed by Pierre de Gaillande on vocals and guitar and singer Adrianne Mamet from the ashes of her previous band Gigi Disco Rock, they soon added genius drummer Steve Calhoun (Skeleton Key, Pretendo) tuba player Jennifer Carey (Gogol Bordello, The Vanity Set) and Anna Moschovakis on violin. They created a sound that was really, really good. There's no point in reading about it, just listen.