On Friday night at Festi’neuch, the highly anticipated Irish from Fontaines DC died of raw rock twenty minutes before the end of the concert. Before that, Romandes Emilie Zoé and Baby Volcano and French headliner Clara Luciani made their mark as pop-rock and electro warriors with character.
Four years ago, Fontaines DC and their English companions Idles helped to awaken rock across the English Channel. In Neuchâtel, the Irish staged him on Friday, on the second Festi’neuch evening, before the hour, stunned with a throw according to the rules of rock’n’roll circus art.
After forty minutes of a concert in which their alternately dry and haunting repertoire has its roots in post-punk, the guitarist suddenly smashes his instrument on the Lacustre’s stage. Stunned the public as well as the group who left the boards early, never to return. Without explanation. Crossed a little later, the singer Grian Chatten only drops a laconic: “I will tell you tomorrow”. But tomorrow nothing will change in this mess, to which the training management will no longer have an answer.
It all started quite well, though, with a few dares between darkness and melodic outbursts delivering a quintet that strung together the devilishly effective tracks from their first three albums. When the case was dropped, Fontaines DC had revealed his talent in the form of rocking urgency with “Sha, Sha, Sha”, “I Don’t Belong” before his name with green, white and red initials. , “Televised Mind” and the deadly and blistering “Too Real” on which it was sunk.
Fortunately, earlier in the evening three other brave and feminist warriors stood out. The Neuchâteloises Emilie Zoé and Baby Volcano as well as the French Clara Luciani showed character and perfect performances in their own rock, pop or electro style with hip-hop and Latin music.
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Clara Luciani, disco pop princess
In a compact rock tandem formula with her new drummer Fred Bürki, Emilie Zoé completes an intense performance with “Roses on Fire” and the unreleased “Castle” after a few more acoustic, mid-paced and melancholic ideas where the androgyny of her voice works wonders .
Shortly thereafter, under the festival’s packed marquee, Clara Luciani began her popular headlining show with “Heart,” then “Love Always.” To the sound of a beating heart and beneath her name in large initials, initially appearing in relief, the elegant and slender French singer appears on pedestals in a silver lamé wrap-around blouse and black trousers alongside a drummer, a bassist, a keyboard, and a guitarist and three singers.
The charm of her melodic pop, recently infused with major disco spices, now works on all listeners, and the recent winner of two Victoires de la Musique completes her acceptance with the unstoppable and feminist hit that revealed her, “The Grenade.” “.
Lorena Stadelmann, singer and performer of Baby Volcano at Festi’neuch, June 10, 2022. [Adèle Löffler – Festi’neuch 2022]
Blood Electro by Baby Volcano
At the other end of the festival site, on the La Marée stage, Baby Volcano played the magicians during this period between inhabited songs, contemporary dance performance and electronic tribal beats mixed with Latin hip-hop and trap sounds. To committed lyrics in Spanish and French, which evoke parts of her body, the Neuchâtel singer Lorena Stadelmann of Guatemalan origin lets loose and experiments in overalls.
Before she removed the top, revealing red glue on her breasts and traces of blood running from her neck to her chest, it reflected the themes of the songs collected on the mini-album Síndrome Premenstrual, made with electronic producers Jura Residents Josué Salomon and was included hooded Louis Riondel. Stripper.
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