Festival International du Film d'Aubagne

Cinema & Music - March 20th to 25th 2017




In 2017 The Penelopes prepare their return to the airwaves. Recording, producing and remixing from their HQ in Bethnal Green, the band have been focussing on writing for exhibitions and fashion shows and scoring for film and television. For England, whatever may be said of it, has a rich history of excellence for pop-culture. From Liverpool to Bristol, Manchester to London, the band’s relocation from Paris had everything to do with their love of UK artists both past and presentm in film, in fashion, in music and the visual arts.

In France, the band has proved their worth. Two guys from the same council estate in a northern suburb of Paris became fast friends, sharing a taste for art, pop and rock, whilst being surrounded by Hip-Hop, Funk and Disco, which soon worked its way into their soulful, danceable music.

Despite their young age, they had the nerve and style to beat down doors and were quickly discovered by agnès b., a specialist in nurturing the beautiful and the sublime. A first album, The Arrogance of Simplicity, which Rock Mag described as "a disco ball with feelings inside”, while Les Inrockuptibles said “the duo gave their best in the delicate exercise of writing pop songs”.

From Herman Hesse to The Cure, they brandish their influences like a weaponised statement of intent. With this first album, The Penelopes were rewarded at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards and were elected among the best revelations by Trax magazine. Their single Demian became the soundtrack of a commercial for Perrier, before being remixed by Black Strobe.

London was a turning point in their careers: moving from DIY to something structured, under the guidance of a manager. It took the courage to start from scratch in a country where no one knows your name. Their album, Never Live Another Yesterday, produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat (Scissor Sisters, The Vaccines, Tom Odell) made some noise when it appeared in 2013.

Surrounded by additional English musicians, they toured with The Human League in European, including a date at the Royal Albert Hall. Then came their reimagining of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven which led them to meet their idols, who endorsed the mix and was closley followed by requests to remix Pet Shop Boys, Say Lou Lou, Lana Del Rey, The Ting Tings and Alt J, while performing at the likes of Koko for Club NME, Shoreditch Festival, Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Berghain (Berlin) and Razzmatazz (Barcelona).

Still based in UK, they are building up their success patiently, bonded as brothers, becoming friends with artists who had a great deal to offer. Soko and Asia Argento appeal to them as they share similar taste in performance and cinema which The Penelopes have taken great pleasure in composing for. Through a combination of hustle and the swagger to experiment creatively has opened the door to a number of artistic collaborations including exlusive events for Prada and the red carpet of Cannes Film Festival.

The Penelopes today, in tailor-made roles are humble but assertive. Axel Basquiat composes and delivers a vocal that is both weighted and grave, while Vincent T. takes care of the production and ties their works together . The duo are currently working on a new album, A Collection of Dance Songs for Loners.

Saturday, 25 March 2017