What do you do if youve got the tunes and the look, but cant get gigs? Frances hottest band relive their ingenious $3,000 gamble
Its hard to imagine a more French version of a rocknroll band than La Femme. For all that their second album, Mystre, one of the years best, is wholly accessible and dripping with fantastic tunes, it exudes a sense of cool that indie bands rarely manage any more. It tries on a wardrobe of different clothes psychedelia, surf rock, electronica, krautrock and more and ends up looking fantastic in all of them. It sounds chic.
Its also made La Femme proper pop stars in France. As their manager guides me into a brasserie in StrasbourgSaint-Denis, their home turf in Paris, hes clutching a copy of Les Inrockuptibles, Frances leading pop culture magazine, to hand to the bands masterminds, Marlon Magne and Sacha Got. La Femme are on the cover, although theres a certain amount of eyebrow-raising about the fact that the only person pictured is their singer, Clmence Qulennec. Its like a Vogue cover, Magne observes.