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Exsonvaldes in Seville in 2010.
Background information
OriginParis, France
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, indie pop
Years active2001-present
LabelsInterference, Le Periscope, Green UFOs
MembersSimon Beaudoux
Antoine Bernard
Cyrille Nobilet
Martin Chourrout
Past membersGuillaume Gratel

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


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 only for its sound, 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 experimented with House shows, and eventually performed more than 50 shows in 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 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]


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



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
Aranda 2016 Finalistes


  1. ^ "Exsonvaldes" (in French). Journaleuropa.info. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100204035403/http://www.rollingstone.fr/Exsonvaldes-en-tournee_1701.html. Archived from the original on February 4, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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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