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“What a joy that people know our songs but not our faces!”

“What a joy that people know our songs but not our faces!”

The members of Louise Attaque now live between England and the south of France. On the occasion of the release of their fifth album, they received us in one of their rear bases, near Avignon.

Robin missed his plane the day before from Gatwick. So he spent the night at the local Ibis before flying to Marseilles in the early morning. There, Arnaud was waiting for him, he will sleep at home tonight. But in the meantime the bassist and the violinist of Louise Attaque have taken the road to Avignon. Direction the house of Gaëtan Roussel, a building hidden in the Alpilles, bought fifteen years ago, which the singer and his companion Clarisse have gradually refurbished.

Gaëtan has even built a home studio there, a large room at the entrance to the garden where, together, they were able to put the finishing touches to Louise Attaque’s fifth album, “Planète Terre”, which had just been released. “When we were offered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our first albumthey say, we did not want to content ourselves with celebrating the past. We knew that playing together again would create a writing dynamic. »

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We knew that playing together again would create a writing dynamic.

Between December 2021 and February 2022, the trio first meet in Arles, at Arnaud’s. The – new – constraint is precise: the boys give themselves four six-day sessions to design their album. The bet paid off, they can therefore celebrate their 25-year career during a day of concerts in Paris while implying that the next chapter will soon be written. Rogues, the Louise Attacks? “Oh no! smiles Gaëtan, seated around the garden table with his accomplices. We just had to create a situation. »

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“Planète Terre” is a short, dry, nervous disc with a high melodic content

Without being an officially committed record, “Planète Terre” evokes the evils of the time and advocates the idea that the collective will save us. Robin is fed up. “Gaëtan wanted to be a footballer, since he was 14 he has been convinced that it is in a team that we do best. We can’t do everything alone…” The interested party nods. “Yes, it’s my little fad, my antiphon. But that’s also what I experienced. With Louise Attaque, we didn’t make music to be famous, just to be out of the ordinary. Thanks to the design that illustrates our covers, we have never developed a cult of personality. What a joy that people know our songs but not our faces! »

“What a joy that people know our songs but not our faces!”

from left To the right. : Robin Feix, Arnaud Samuel and Gaëtan Roussel

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“Planète Terre” is a short, dry, nervous disc with a high melodic content. Once again Arnaud’s violin responds to Gaëtan’s vocal lines and Robin’s groovy bass. The musicians, who became a trio at the departure of their historic drummer Alexandre Margraff, had to reinvent themselves at the time. “It was a difficult moment, but we ended up understanding that he wanted to go in one direction and the three of us in another, notes Arnaud. We learned to operate differently.”

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The trio with Clarisse Fieurgant, their manager and companion of Gaëtan.

The trio with Clarisse Fieurgant, their manager and companion of Gaëtan.

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It is within this “Planet Earth” that we find “My dear, today my dear”, a song that evokes the transition of a child. If none of them had to face this situation, Gaëtan evokes “people I know to whom this could happen. Because it’s not easy to exist in our time, but I’m not inventing anything…”

Instead of being hotheads, we put Louise on hiatus, without having a deadline

Arnaud Samuel

For this new incarnation of Louise Attaque, the boys have planned to keep it short: a Zénith tour in March-April, festivals in the summer and a final concert at the Accor Arena in September. “We have always been free to have our projects on the side, supports Robin. A little like Damon Albarn leading his boat outside of Blur for years and keep coming back.”

If Louise Attaque has been able to surpass the immense success of her first album, it is precisely because the musicians have always taken the time to work together for the right reasons. “After our third disc, says Arnaud, we tried to continue. But we couldn’t. Instead of being hotheads, we put Louise on hiatus, without having a deadline. Gaëtan completes: “We have always lived with the idea that, if one of us needs an answer, the others must be there to give it to him.”

We only have one group in our life, so we try to be up to it every time.

Gaetan Roussel

Today, Gaëtan Roussel, Arnaud Samuel and Robin Feix know that Louise Attaque will forever remain their flagship. What they have built since 1990 is a rare and precious adventure. “We only have one group in his life, measures Gaëtan. So we try every time to be up to it. Louise is our backbone, even if we continue to say that we don’t know how the rest will be written. The secret to longevity…

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