“A Big Old Fire”, the hushed and melodic folk-pop of The Company of Men – rts.ch

“A Big Old Fire”, the hushed and melodic folk-pop of The Company of Men – rts.ch
“A Big Old Fire”, the hushed and melodic folk-pop of The Company of Men – rts.ch

The French-speaking group The Company of Men has been back since May 31 with a third album recorded by the fire in the mountains and aptly named “A Big Old Fire”. The quartet offers an elegant, hushed and melodic folk-pop that takes its roots in the golden age of the 1970s.

“A Big Old Fire” was born during a four-weekend residency offered by the Palp Festival in a chalet in Bruson, in Val de Bagnes, during the winter of 2021-2022. A little time and resources which made it possible to sketch, then to write collectively and calmly the third discographic chapter of these four seasoned French-speaking musicians, former members of more rock and pop groups like Favez or Chewy.

The recording was then made with the contributions of Lausanne bassist and producer Marcello Giuliani (Etienne Daho, Erik Truffaz, Jane Birkin or The Young Gods) who brought along drummer Raphaël Chassin (Johnny Hallyday, Arthur H, Miossec, Vanessa Paradis or Peter Doherty). This luxury rhythm section recorded “A Big Old Fire” live at the prestigious ICP studios in Brussels.

External content

This external content cannot be displayed because it may collect personal data. To view this content you must authorize the category Social networks.

Accept More information

Unprecedented breadth and amplitude

“The presence of our co-producer Marcello Giuliani, who has a lot of experience, especially made it possible to decide when we disagreed on the versions to adopt of our pieces, when we hesitated to play them rather acoustic, fast or slow. We “we have not made our democracy an enlightened tyranny, but I believe with hindsight that we made the right decisions together”, explains Gregory Wicky, singer and guitarist of The Company of Men, in the Vertigo show on 10 June.

All these new sound elements allow the repertoire of the group still composed of Christian Wicky (guitar, vocals), Jeff Albedla (guitar, piano, vocals) and Guillaume Conne (guitar, piano, vocals) to find an unprecedented breadth and amplitude. Through eleven no-frills songs, “A Big Old Fire” effectively alternates stripped-down folk and more energetic pop.

There are also two nods and strong homages to Leonard Cohen (the chorus taken from “Ain’t No Cure For Love”) and to Mama Cass, the singer of the Californian band The Mamas & The Papas (“Mama Cass “).

External content

This external content cannot be displayed because it may collect personal data. To view this content you must authorize the category Social networks.

Accept More information

Fire and musical pleasure intact

“The sound amplitude undoubtedly comes from the ICP studio in Brussels, where you can almost hear the big room resonating, which is what you’re looking for when you record live. And this also surely comes from the fact that we have put less things in the songs compared to the previous record made at home. I have a bad tendency to want to pile up the layers by wanting to add instruments and there is almost only what we played live. six and it breathes better,” explains Gregory Wicky, amused.

Basically, “A Big Old Fire” also sees The Company of Men in search of “meaning and serenity” through titles like “These American Chords”, which measures the path taken towards an objective, or “Race Car Driver” which questions a complicated family heritage, evoking the figure of the late father and ex-racing driver of brothers Christian and Gregory Wicky. By instead remembering the beautiful things, The Company of Men manages to make it a song full of sweetness rather than resentment.

In relation to the search for meaning that has emerged, Gregory Wicky believes that it comes from questions “about the world which corresponds or not to the expectations we had of it. This now also touches on simplicity, on pleasure and the communion that there is still to make and share rock at over fifty When we have all been making music since the age of fifteen, I had assumed that the fire would go out after a while. ‘a certain time, hence the title of the album While we noticed that he was still lively, that the pleasure was intact.

Olivier Horner

The Company of Men, “A Big Old Fire” (Vitesse Records/Irascible Musci). Published on May 31, 2024.

In concert at Serge & Peppers, Bern on June 14; at the La Maladière chapel, as part of the Humus & Wine Festival, Lausanne, on June 16 (full) and at the Nuances Pop Festival, Saint-Maurice, on June 28, 2024.

Also note that the group still performs concerts in apartments. Around twenty private dates are planned from June to September 2024. Contact and availability of The Company of Men via their account Instagram.

-

-

PREV Chef David Gallienne relocates to a museum
NEXT The Plage Sud shopping center rises from its ashes