The Fringant Cowboys are back at the Quebec time Pully Festival which ends tonight. Interview.
Unmissable headliner of the Pully Festival in Quebec time, where they still perform tonight at 8:30 p.m. (There are still places available) the dashing Cowboys delivered a solid first show on Friday night at the sweltering Arnold-Reymond Hall. A few hours earlier, the group’s multi-instrumentalist, Marie-Annick Lépine, and the singer Karl Tremblay had confided in “24 hours”. Interview.
They’re back in Pully for this festival reserved for Quebec artists. Sharing a European poster with compatriots, is that something special for you?
Marie-Annick Lepine: It is indeed a different context that we know well since we have been playing here since 2006. But it doesn’t often happen to us when we go to venues in Europe to meet artists from our region.
Your loyalty to Pully says what you think of this festival?
NOT CORRECT: It’s a festival that we appreciate a lot and that appreciates us in return.
It’s been sixteen years since you first came here, but the Dashing Cowboys’ career stretches back even further.
MY. L: We met in 1995, but our first album is from 1997. We recorded a cassette back then! Which means that this first album turns 25 this year.
Has the relationship within the group changed since all this time?
NOT CORRECT: We are like a family, we love each other very much. And we’re best friends outside of cowboy life, too. It is certain that we have aged and therefore perhaps are a little wiser. In the beginning there was a bit more friction as we had to define everyone’s roles within the group.
Charles Tremblay: But it’s been going very well for twenty years. Before that, it must be said that our career didn’t exist that much. Before the release of Motel Capri in 2000 we were doing three or four concerts a year, that’s all. But hey, we never had much friction. Like every group, every family, we asked ourselves questions and readjusted the situation. And we’ve been together for twenty-five years, so there’s no stress on that side.
Your concerts always create a beautiful community with your audience. Are you still experiencing the same pleasure on stage?
NOT CORRECT: Secure!
ct: It is necessary. Actually, we want to have a big party. Our evenings are not difficult. We’re here to celebrate with the people. I think they like it. They came to appreciate our songs and over the years began to pass on our work to their children, family and friends. People started loving us together. When you visit us in concert, you discover a group that doesn’t take itself seriously.
Doesn’t the show also work because there’s a nice bond between you two?
ct: For all this time we know each other inside and out. We know when it’s up to one of us to shed light on them. So we withdraw, we give him the space. It’s a great ballet, the cowboys. We have fun, we have fun.
NOT CORRECT: That’s the beauty of being part of a band and not being a solo artist playing with live musicians. Joy is contagious and I think we manage to pass it on every time: our concerts are always about sharing it with the public.
The interaction also comes down to the fact that viewers can ask you to interpret a song that they want, right?
NOT CORRECT: Yes, it happens, but in some places, like tonight, we have to finish our show at a certain time. Which leaves us a little less choice.
ct: But if there is no time to respect, we don’t mind doing very long concerts. But there is a group that starts at 11pm. Since we’re at a festival in Quebec and these are artists we know, we don’t want to encroach on their time.
MY. L.: We have always had great respect for those who come before and after us.
Her last album “Les Antipodes” was released in 2019. It shows a rather dark side. Is it a reflection of today’s world?
NOT CORRECT: It has rightly been called “The Antipodes” because it has two facets. A slightly darker side, more committed, that’s true. And a humorous side that is still very much present. People have loved us since our debut because our songs also have humor. Well, it’s true, if we just focus on America Weeps, we discover a moving portrait that touched many people. It is the track that has remained number 1 on radio for the longest time in the history of singing in Quebec, proof that it has influenced the entire population.
Since its release, the pandemic has passed. A word you used in one of your old songs, “Nothing more”. Does this title suddenly have a different meaning for you?
NOT CORRECT: It’s a song we always play in concert. But unfortunately yes, it is becoming more and more topical. I find it disturbing to see how things haven’t progressed in the right direction since 2003. What is reported in this song is becoming more and more verified… However, by the time it was released, it was already having a big impact.
That pessimistic vision you described at the time must make you think of a distant future…
ct: Yes and no. because a few months later the tsunami came in Asia. “Tsunami” is also a term that occurs in “Plus rien”. the song. Good luck, Jean-François (Note: Pauzé, the author of this track, also the group’s guitarist) hadn’t mentioned an alien invasion!
The pandemic, let’s get back to that. It was particularly bad for the artists, which led to the immediate suspension of the tours. How did you experience it?
NOT CORRECT: We gained weight… We gained 30 pounds! It was our sport, the stage. And there was no sport for two years.
ct: We managed a bit for two years. We made a film, America is crying, and an album, Les Nuits de Repentigny, with 23 songs that we had never recorded in a 25-year career.
NOT CORRECT: And then nice concerts without an audience with the Orchester symphonique de Montréal. We organized ourselves well to avoid having nothing left. But it was very difficult.
ct: And especially long.
NOT CORRECT: On the other hand, we were also able to spend a lot of time with our children (Note: Marie-Annick and Karl have two daughters aged 9 and 6). Suddenly it became a disaster for her that mum and dad were gone for six days because they weren’t used to it anymore.
Let’s get back to the concerts, they could start again. With a repertoire as rich as yours, is it difficult to put together a setlist?
NOT CORRECT: Many of me care about it. In fact, it’s not easy. On this tour, I wanted all of the Cowboys’ albums to be represented. It also has to be said that with every new tour we don’t just make songs from the new record. At the first concerts there are a bit more. To see which ones work best. But at the end of the day, our show is still a collection of well-known songs, our best hits.
It looks like you have some surprises in store for your audience. How about?
ct: Yes, we cover: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana or sometimes “A Horse with No Name” by America. But not always, only when we feel like it. It’s more for fun than an intro to another song.
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