Caravan Palace

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Caravan Palace
Caravan Palace at the Ottawa Bluesfest 2010
Caravan Palace at the Ottawa Bluesfest 2010.
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Electro swing[1]
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Labels Wagram
Members Zoé Colotis
Arnaud Vial
Hugues Payen
Camille Chapelière
Charles Delaporte
Antoine Toustou
Paul-Marie Barbier

Caravan Palace is a French electro swing band based in Paris. The group ostensibly formed in 2005 after three musicians - guitarist Arnaud Vial, violinist Hugues Payen and double bassist Charles Delaporte - were hired by a film production company called 'The Succiona Pichulas-Lagarto' to provide the soundtrack to silent pornographic movies.[2][3] However, no such production company appears to exist, and all references to this company are found only in extracts of Caravan Palace biographies.

The band's influences include Django Reinhardt, Vitalic, Lionel Hampton, and Daft Punk.[1] The band released their début studio album, Caravan Palace, on the Wagram label in October 2008. The record charted in Switzerland, Belgium and France, where it reached a peak position of #11.[4]


The band's biography gives the first meeting of the band members as occurring in 2005 when Vial, Payen and Delaporte were hired by a film production company to provide a soundtrack to silent pornographic films,[2][3] although no references to the company that is supposed to have hired them, 'The Succiona Pichulas-Lagarto', exist outside that biography. In any event, the band formed as a three-piece soon after, although it was a year before they met music producer Loïc Barrouk, who took an interest in the project and booked the band a recording studio and a series of gigs. More performers were required for the live concerts and the other three current band members were found after searching on MySpace.[2]

The band became popular on the internet after releasing a number of demos and promo singles. From 2006 to 2007 they spent a year touring around France, and their first festival appearance came at the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival in 2007.[2] Following this emergence, the group were signed by the Paris-based Wagram Music record label. They spent the next year recording material for their début studio album.

On 20 October 2008 the self-titled Caravan Palace was released, preceded by the single "Jolie Coquine".[1] The album received praise for its traditional jazz inclinations,[1] and placed in a number of European album charts. In Switzerland, the album reached #72 and in Belgium it achieved a position of #42. The album performed best in the band's native France where it attained a peak position of #11 in August 2009, and remained on the French albums chart for 68 consecutive weeks.[4] The band released their second official single, "Suzy", on 24 February 2009.[5]

On 3 October 2011, the band released an EP titled Clash, featuring two new songs and four remixes of them. The band's second album, Panic, was released on 5 March 2012.

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Charts Certification

2008 Caravan Palace 42 11 72
2012 Panic 20

Extended plays[edit]

  • Clash (2011)


  • "Jolie Coquine" (2008)
  • "Dragons" (2008)
  • "Suzy" (2009)
  • "Clash" (2012)
  • "Rock It For Me" (2012)
  • "Dramophone" (2012)


  1. ^ a b c d "Caravan Palace > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Caravan Palace Biography". Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  3. ^ a b Tassell, Nige. "Caravan Palace". WOMAD. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Caravan Palace - Caravan Palace". Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Suzy - Single". Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  6. ^ Caravan Palace page Retrieved 2012-08-16