Charly, Thomas, Pho and Pitchin--four french dudes who have been making heavy bass music for well over a decade now--are currently on tour in support of their full-length album IRREVERENCE out on Dim Mak Records. They celebrated their album release on Tuesday at Dim Mak Studios in typical LA fashion with lots of high profile friends and peers in attendance, played at Voyeur in San Diego last night and tonight they are about to blow the lid off the Nokia Theater. We got to chat with the quartet backstage in their trailer at Coachella straight off their debut appearance at the famed Sahara Tent about their musical influences, dirty girls and what to expect tonight and this weekend at week two of their Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival set.
Charly and Thomas met back in 2000 while in design school and Pho joined the group in 2004 bringing his electro-inspired sound to their already eclectic drum & bass beats. "When we were teenagers we used to play in metal bands and then we got into the 90s hip-hop," Charly says. "Then we got into house music and techno through the French scene. It wasn't until the drum & bass that we all gathered together." In 2008 Pitchin jumped on board and they saw success after their debut single "French Fuck" was released on AudioPorn records. Reaching number one on the Beatport charts they joined the ever-changing electronic music scene and put their own stamp on "drumstep" with an intense energy and unpredictability in their tempos.
One of the more mysterious bands to play at Coachella this year is Sweden's Ghost B.C. If you had the chance to catch them during their early Sunday afternoon set on the main stage during WeekendOne, then you remember their satanic melodies, distorted riffs, and vaudevillian keyboards (a mix between synth and metal, wrap your head around that one). Last Sunday marked the beginning of a six-week tour for the group, and judging by the crowd's reaction to a band shrouded in curiosity, they could be onto something here.
Oh and then there's their costumes (as pictured above). While it may seem a bit on the warm side to rock these get ups at an event like Coachella, the guys were more upset about their set time than anything else.
Papa Emeritus II and his Nameless Ghouls are hands down one of the more adventurous bands to play at Coachella and after their set, we caught up with two of the Nameless Ghouls, so nameless to the point where we didn't see their eyes and can only recognize their voices.More »
The European rock acts on the bill sustained a few injuries days before the second round of Coachella. For former Friday headliners The Stone Roses, it's a bruise to the ego--
Roll over, Stone Roses! It's Blur's turn to headline! being forced to swapping slots with Blur--whereas Scottish three-piece Biffy Clyro have a real medical emergency on their hands that forced them to cancel their Saturday set.
Amidst the crazy sea of hipsters, hippies, old folks, pre-teens and babies(!), the first weekend of Coachella was also packed with EDM revelers ready to get their fist-pumping music fix over the course of the three day bacchanal. In fact it seems that dance music lovers are growing in numbers so much that every other car in line at the campgrounds checking in on Thursday was blasting some sort of EDM anthem. The festival even dedicated a new stage to the more underground side of house music in the form of the new Yuma Tent this year. So now that we've come home briefly from the dust storms and nursed our massive hangovers, it's time to reflect on the top five EDM Coachella highlights for weekend one.More »
The Coachella campgrounds are the Wild West of the festival. They are the sort of place you can imagine Hunter S. Thompson running around with his pants around his ankles. Drugs are more plentiful than food and going to bed before 4 a.m. is considered an early night. Campers built incredible structures to house their debaucheries, though not all of them held up in the face of Sunday's sandstorm. Here are some of the most dementedly wonderful Coachella campsites. Hopefully they inspire the Weekend 2 campers to step up their tent game.More »
By: Ben Westhoff and Mary Carreon
We've spent a lot of time this Coachella talking about the magnificent bros in attendance, but how about the fair and talented ladies? Per usual, they were everywhere, doing their thing like it wasn't a chicken wing, or something. In any case, here are the hottest dancing girls this year -- in GIF form.
Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Because we were fucking teased. On the main stage before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a long commercial for their new album played, and then we found out that members of the duo were in attendance. Yeah sure the group denied they would perform this year, but it seemed at the time to be one of those winking denials. Now it just seems like they were trying to hype their album. As our pal Andrea Domanick put it: "Shouting Daft Punk at Coachella is like shouting fire in a crowded movie theater." -Daniel KohnMore »
Karen O's Outfit
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Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever been elected pope. The eccentric layers slowly peeled off, as she swung the microphone like a lasso and shoved it down her pants. She eventually donned at leather jacket with "KO" studded into the back, which might have as well have stood for "knock out." -Kai Flanders
Lucky for us we had a team from the OC and LA Weekly updating us on the latest news. With our air conditioners, clean-smelling bathrooms and plenty of action in the Tweetosphere, we were able to sit at home and be entertained in relaxed comfort while the rest of you sweated it out in the desert. For those of us not taking part in the three day festivities (Hey, there is always next year, right?), here are a few Twitter gems that had us feeling like we made the right choice all while pretending not to be bitter. And for all of you who were at Coachella and who might still be in recovery (good luck making it through the work day on Monday, suckas), here is what you missed out on. Jealous much?
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