Caravan Palace

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Caravan Palace
Caravan Palace at the Ottawa Bluesfest 2010
Caravan Palace at the 2010 Ottawa Bluesfest
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Electro swing[1]
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Labels Wagram, MVKA, Le Plan Recordings
Website www.caravanpalace.com
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 band's influences include Django Reinhardt, Vitalic, Lionel Hampton, and Daft Punk.[1] The band released their debut 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 number 11.[2]

History[edit]

The band formed as a three-piece. Loïc Barrouk 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.[3]

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.[3] Following this emergence, the group were signed by the Paris-based Wagram Music record label. They spent the next year recording material for their debut 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 albums charts. In Switzerland, the album reached number 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.[2] The band released their second official single, "Suzy", on 24 February 2009.[4]

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.

In 2014, the band remixed Drake Bell's single "Bitchcraft".[5]

The band released the single "Comics" on 22 June 2015, and their second single "Lone Digger" on 18 September 2015.

The band's third studio album, Robot Face <|°_°|>, was released on 16 October 2015.[6]

In 2015, they appeared on Later... With Jools Holland [7] on 27 and 30 October, and on The Jonathan Ross Show on 31 October. Subsequently, they appeared on Jools' Annual Hootenanny on 31 December 2016/January 1, 2017 singing a cover of Black Betty and Lone Digger.

They made a video for their track "Mighty" and previewed another song, "Wonderland", in a short promotional video.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Caravan Palace discography
Studio albums 3
Music videos 9
EPs 2
Singles 12

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Charts
FRA
[8]
BEL
[9]
SWI
[9]
UK
[10]
UK
Dance

[11]
US
Dance

[12]
Caravan Palace 11 42 72 - - -
Panic
  • Released: 5 March 2012
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
  • Label: Wagram
20 74 43 97 - -
<|°_°|>
  • Released: 16 October 2015
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
  • Label: Wagram
51 101 57 64 6 3

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs
Title Album details
Clash
  • Released: 2011 (FR), 27 February 2012 (US)
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Wagram
Wonderland
  • Released: 20 May 2016
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Wagram

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA
[8]
"Jolie Coquine" 2008 192 Caravan Palace
"Dragons"
"Suzy" 2009
"Milkshake" 2011 Non-album single
"Kleptomanie" 2011 Non-album single
"Clash" 2012 Panic
"Rock It for Me"
"Dramophone"
"Comics" 2015 <|°_°|>
"Lone Digger" 144
"Aftermath" / "Mighty" 2016
"Wonderland"
"Midnight"
"Black Betty" 2017 Non-album single

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director Album
2009 "Suzy" None Caravan Palace
"Jolie Coquine"
2012 "Rock It for Me" Guillaume Cassuto, Ugo Gattoni, Jeremy Pires Panic
"Dramophone" Frédéric de Ponchara
2015 "Comics" Soandsau <I°_°I>
"Mighty" None
"Lone Digger" Double Ninja
2016 "Wonderland" Kevin Phung
"Midnight" Andy Collet

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Caravan Palace - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Caravan Palace - Caravan Palace". lescharts.fr. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Caravan Palace Biography". f-cat.de. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Suzy - Single". Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bitchcraft (Caravan Palace Remix) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Caravan Palace". F-Cat Productions. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06myydx
  8. ^ a b LesCharts.com: Caravan Palace page Retrieved 16 August 2012
  9. ^ a b "Caravan Palace - lescharts.com". Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Caravan Palace – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums for Caravan Palace. Retrieved 23 February 2016.