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La Femme, Live at the Bottom Lounge

Direct from the Parisian overground French pop connoisseurs La Femme released their new album Mystère worldwide last September. Hailing from Le Pré Saint Gervais and Ivry-sur-Seine’s winding streets, La Femme have made a huge mark on modern Paris’s cultural landscape, with the two sides of the city – the glamour and the grit – engrained in their music. Mystère reached the second place of the French digital charts, the 8th place of the overall French charts, and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the French Music Awards 2017.They are known for their eclectic mix of cold wave, punk and surf music, coming on like a cross between The Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk.

Returning with a more psychedelic sound and a range of guest vocalists that slice through the starkest of electro beats, Mystère sees La Femme celebrating all that’s wonderful about their city. From the chattering tête-à-tête heard on ‘Conversations Nocturnes’ that leads into the throbbing disco beat of ‘SSD’ – a direct reference to the pulsing nightlife hotspot and multi-cultural district Strasbourg Saint Denis where the band continue to work and play equally hard – “are you ready to go out, under the threat of the town,” the lyrics translate. “You don’t want to give in and sometimes you need a bit of time to allow for your brain to take in the information and feel better about what’s happening,” they say.

After supporting Red Hot Chilli Peppers for 12 shows of their Arena European tour in October 2016, La Femme will continue spreading their French words with energy, style and passion this summer, when they set off on a worldwide tour, including some of the biggest French and European summer festivals, and Northern America in October.