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Cheap Wine interview with Valentin Lallart & Valentin Contestin

December 14, 2013

Cheap Wine interview with Valentin Lallart & Valentin Contestin

Cheap Wine formed not so long ago in Isarian Fields, France.
They released an EP with 5 incredible rocking songs. Their influences come from
tons of heavy psych bands from the late 60s and early 70s. To name a few; Leaf
Hound, Sir Lord Baltimore, Fresh Blueberry Pancake, Josefus and many more. They
are one of the latest bands, that actually have quite an original sound, cos
these days I myself miss the originality in bands; some of them sound just
“too much retro”. They are currently on a short tour and when they
come back they will begin working on some new material. We spoke with both
Valentins from the band; one is the guitarist and the other one is bassist. I
really recommend you to check out their music. Here’s a link to their bandcamp
page:
Cheap Wine are located in the middle of Isarian Fields.
Would you like to introduce yourselves?
We are four people living in the countryside of northern
France between fields and forests. We know each other mostly from the high
school. We all played in different bands before we start Cheap Wine. The band
is composed of MD (vocals, theremin), Louis Morati (drums), Valentin Lallart
(Bass guitar) and Valentin Contestin (guitar).
Both Valentins are answering your questions.
I was lucky enough to get exposed to your powerful music via
your vinyl records, which came out awhile ago. The LP is called “Mystic
Crow” and contains five powerful rock tracks. What can you tell us about
making this album?
Actually the LP is an EP. We played for two years almost all
the songs until we had to change our drummer. Then we kept working on the songs
for one year with the new guy and made a lot of improvements on the songs. The
EP was recorded in one week. We recorded all together in the same room except
for the vocals. We had a lot of fun and we cannot wait to record a new one.
What gear did you use and where did you record it?
We record it at “Chateau des Rochers”, Montataire,
20 minutes from home. We used a seventies Ibanez guitar, a seventies
Rickenbacker bass, a homemade theremin and many effects I don’t know, some
pedals (wah wah; big muff…) and Zebra painted drums.
Is there a certain concept to a band or is this just a
spontaneous song making? Maybe if we can talk about songwriting process…
We have a stock of old lyrics we tried to put together to
make a song. It’s a very long process to write one. Except for “Stay
Strange Express” which was written by Brock McKibben, a good friend from
Ohio.
We can’t talk about a concept we just love to listen the
heavy music from 60s/70s and we tried to play as powerful as some people did
back then.
The album was out on Celebration Days Records, which I think
is a label born out of festival with the same name?
Indeed, the festival was the beginning, some friends
gathered to help people like us to promote their music from, now, all around
the world. Thanks to internet it’s much more easier now. The festival gave
birth to an association which gave birth to the label. We were their first try,
and many others will come ahah!
The edition of 500 vinyl came out and you are also having
songs available on Bandcamp. Is there anything else remained unreleased? Are
you working on something new?
We have many songs unreleased, and with time our sound is
evolving, we put much more things from jazz music. Right now we are looking for
an organ player and for many gigs. Always looking further.
Cheap Wine is a funny name, what’s the story behind it and
if you can tell us how did you guys come together? Were you in any other bands?
Few years ago I’ve been to America with the president of
Celebration Days Records, met some friends we’ve met at the first Celebration
Days Festival. The first day my american friend asked me what I would like to
drink (I was too young at that time to buy alcohol in USA). I told him I would
like to drink some cheap red wine and he came back from the store with a huge
bottle of wine brand called Cheap Red Wine. Few drinks later Cheap Wine became
our name.
Yes, we were in other bands, but none of us want to talk
about that ahah!
Is there any local scene in your town and if so please name
a few artists you like.
No local scene in our town, but Celebration Days has a
partnership with some places so we can see our “far away friends”
play. We can name French bands like Karma Sutra, Wolves and Moons, Subway
Cowboys, Swinging Dice, Buddy Hemlock, Old Moonshine Band, Dirty Deep, Brain
Pyramid, Tricératops, Aqua Nebula Oscillator.
And from abroad, Prisma Circus, Hanami, Yossarians, Syd
Arthur, Jouis, Electric Smoke, Grand Mammoth.
Check the line up from Celebration Days Festival and you
will find the people we like ahah!
What are some influences; maybe share some less known bands,
that you like…
Sir Lord Baltimore, Josefus, Free, Taste, Quicksilver
Messenger Service, Toad, Mount Rushmore, Hendrix, Zappa, Fresh Blueberry
Pancake, Joseph, Captain Beefheart, Deep Purple, Canned Heat, Ten Years After,
Arzachel, Bach, Thelonious Monk, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Fairport Convention
,Captain Groovy and the Bubblegum Army, Highway Robbery, Pink Floyd, Strawberry
Path, Blues Creation, Leaf Hound, Groundhogs, Power of Zeus, Samuel Prody,
Robby Basho and thousand other amazing bands. It would take hours to name them
all.
Do you do any touring? Where can we expect you in the near
future?
Our first tour lasted three days with the band Prisma Circus
from Spain. We leave tomorrow for Spain to play two gigs with them. You can
expect us anywhere, ahah.
We will be in England around February, March.
We’ve got a friend who is booking for us, so we will see.
Right now we work on the new songs.
Well, thank you very much for taking your time. Is there
anything I missed and you would like to share? Perhaps a message to It’s
Psychedelic Baby readers and to your fans worldwide?
We don’t have a lot of vinyls anymore so you should hurry
ahah, we would love to travel and play in new places. If you have any
informations just tell us. You can be certain the live music is greater than
the vinyl.
It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine, we say thank you . Keep on
doing your work,
Stay Strange
Interview made by Klemen Breznikar/2013
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