Pierre de Gaillande

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Pierre de Gaillande at Cafe Kairo in Bern, Switzerland.

Pierre de Gaillande is a French-born American singer, guitarist and composer. In the early 1990s, de Gaillande played trumpet in San Diego hardcore band Creedle, bass in New York power pop bands The Morning Glories and southern California indie band Film Star, as well as touring and recording with Atlantic recording artist C. Gibbs. He founded the band Melomane in 1998 as guitarist and lead singer. Melomane made three full-length studio albums and toured extensively in Europe. De Gaillande founded the band Sea Foxx in 2003, which featured former Skeleton Key drummer Steve Calhoon. De Gaillande was one of two founding members of the rock band The Snow,[1] along with singer/pianist Hilary Downes. In 2010, he released the album Bad Reputation: Pierre de Gaillande Sings Georges Brassens, in which he covered songs by French songwriter and poet Georges Brassens and translated the lyrics from French to English.[2] De Gaillande says he first became interested in Brassens' music as a child, when his father played it very loudly in their home.[3] A second album of Georges Brassens in English entitled Bad Reputation Volume 2 was released in 2014. In 2019, de Gaillande released an album of French versions of American punk and indie songs entitled franglais.

Film and Dance Composition[edit]

In 2004, de Gaillande collaborated with Gary Greenblatt to compose and perform a live score for Supernatural Return to Love, a dance piece by Uruguayan choreographer Luciana Achugar. In 2006, de Gaillande composed the score for feature documentary Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox, directed by Sara Lamm. In 2007 he scored the short film The Perfect Dress, directed by Rose Viggiano.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Christgau gave Bad Reputation an A- grade. In his review, he wrote that "Brassens was the rare music-second guy whose verbal blueprints laid out melodies that stand up on their own, and de Gaillande's diligence about following their syllabic patterns preserves tunes that will snake through your head days later."[5] Scott Branson of PopMatters gave the album a 7 out of 10 rating, and described the album as "a great homage" but also said that "something of the joviality of Brassens is lost in de Gaillande’s renditions."[2] Chris Nickson of AllMusic gave the album a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and described the album as "all delightfully cynical and world-weary, with plenty of wit."[6]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Artist Label Credits
1994 Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars Creedle Cargo Music/ Headhunter Records Trumpet
1996 When the Wind Blows Creedle Cargo Music/ Headhunter Records Trumpet, vocals
1996 Tranquil Eyes Film Star Super Cottonmouth Bass
1997 Let the Body Hang Morning Glories Cargo Music/ Headhunter Records Bass, vocals, trumpet
1998 Sincerity's Ground C. Gibbs Review Cargo Music/ Headhunter Records Bass, vocals, trumpet
1999 29 Over me C. Gibbs Group Atlantic Records Guitar, bass
2000 Resolvo Melomane Organizer / XXS / Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals, trumpet
2002 Solresol Melomane XXS / Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals
2004 Dead in the Water Sea Foxx Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals
2005 Glaciers Melomane Soyuz / Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals
2006 Look Out! Melomane Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals
2008 True Dirt The Snow Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals
2010 I Die Every Night The Snow Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals
2011 Bad Reputation Volume 1 Pierre de Gaillande Barbes Records Guitar, vocals, producer
2012 Disaster Is Your Mistress The Snow Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals
2014 Bad Reputation Volume 2 Pierrede Gaillande Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals, producer
2017 Stay Calm Open Kimono Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, trumpet, producer
2019 franglais Bad Reputation Vermillion Music Guitar, vocals, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, trumpet, producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Snow". The New Yorker. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Branson, Scott (20 September 2010). "Bad Reputation Pierre de Gaillande Sings Georges Brassens Review". PopMatters. Retrieved 19 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ NPR Staff (18 December 2010). "The English Makeover Of A French Legend". NPR. Retrieved 19 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Pierre De Gaillande". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Pierre de Gaillande". Retrieved 19 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Nickson, Chris. "Bad Reputation: Pierre De Gaillande Sings Georges Brassens Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 July 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)