Exsonvaldes

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Exsonvaldes
ExsonvaldesSevilla2010.jpg
Exsonvaldes in Seville in 2010.
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, indie pop
Years active 2001-present
Labels Interference, Le Periscope, Green UFOs
Website www.exsonvaldes.net
Members Simon Beaudoux
Antoine Bernard
Cyrille Nobilet
Martin Chourrout
Past members Guillaume Gratel

Exsonvaldes is an alternative rock/indie rock band from Paris, France consisting of Simon Beaudoux, Antoine Bernard, Martin Chourrout and Cyrille Nobilet.

History[edit]

The four founding members (Simon, Antoine, Guillaume et Martin) met at the university in Paris. The name of the band, inspired by the infamous Exxon Valdez disaster, was chosen for its sound only, and modified to be unique.[1]

The band's first album, Time we spent together was released in May 2004. The band then toured extensively in France and Europe, notably with Girls in Hawaii.[2][3]

The band's second album, Near the Edge of Something Beautiful, produced by Alex Firla (known for his work on Phoenix's first album United), was released in March 2009.[4] While touring for this album in France, Spain and Germany, the band began experimenting with House shows, and ended up playing more than 50 shows in people's living-rooms across Europe.[5] The band released the acoustic album There's no place like homes in January 2010 (including covers of Take on me and As tears go by) as a testimony of this experiment.

In 2012, Guillaume Gratel left the band and was replaced by Cyrille Nobilet.

In March 2013, Exsonvaldes released its third album, Lights, to great reviews.[6][7][8] Again produced by Alex Firla, the album features songs sung in French (for the first time in the band's history), especially the single L'aérotrain. The video for this song,[9] direct by Naël Marandin, features previously unreleased archive footage of the French Aérotrain. The video for the first single, Days,[10] shot in sequence using only Apple devices, received praise from Jonathan Ive himself.[11]

Members[edit]

Current members
  • Simon Beaudoux - Vocals, guitars
  • Antoine Bernard - Guitars, keyboards
  • Cyrille Nobilet - Bass
  • Martin Chourrout - Drums
Past members
  • Guillaume Gratel - Bass

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Date Label
Time We Spent Together 2004 Noise Digger
Near The Edge of Something Beautiful 2009 Volvox Music, Green UFOs, Cargo Records, Flake Records
There's No Place Like Homes 2010 Volvox Music, Green UFOs
Lights 2013 Interference, Le Periscope, Green UFOs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exsonvaldes" (in French). Journaleuropa.info. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Exsonvaldes en tournée en octobre". Les Inrocks. 2004-09-28. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Near The edge Of Something Beautiful". Les Inrocks. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Exsonvaldes et les concerts à domicile - YOU". You.leparisien.fr. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  6. ^ ""Lights", l'album d'Exsonvaldes en exclu sur Next - Libération". Next.liberation.fr. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Exsonvaldes, bilingue et inspiré". Les Inrocks. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  8. ^ "The Sound Of Confusion: Exsonvaldes - Lights". Thesoundofconfusionblog.blogspot.fr. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Exsonvaldes - L'Aérotrain". YouTube. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Exsonvaldes - Days (the iPhone video)". YouTube. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  11. ^ Brian, Matt (2012-07-12). "Band Draws Applause From Jony Ive With Apple-Themed Music Video". Thenextweb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 

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