YOU SAID STRANGE “COLD CRUSADER”
French upstarts You Said Strange share video for ‘Cold Crusader’, the lead single from their highly-anticipated debut album produced by Peter Holmstrom of Dandy Warhols
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You Said Strange come from the north-western region of Normandy in France, although if it was up to them they’d come from the States, somewhere between Texas and Cali. They’ve been growing their own Norman-spiced-up definition of psychedelia for a few years now, making their way on a historically busy road. Having just signed to Fuzz Club, You Said Strange are gearing up for the release of their debut full length, Salvation Prayer, on June 8th.
In anticipation of the release, You Said Strange have shared the first single ‘Cold Crusader’, the video for which features a Crusader engaged in a mad battle with himself in the middle of the desert. A tumultuous fight ensues, in which he both wins and loses, his futile brawling symptomatic of his meandering mind.
When they’re not busy organising the annual Rock In The Barn festival, which hosts a broad range of acts from the international alternative scene, the four members of the band work on their sound that was born on the school benches. What followed was the inevitable: rehearsals, gigs, festivals, tours, Bandcamp sales and record pressing. All the people from the scene they met on their way, from Poland to the Lisbon Psych Fest, through north London clubs and mythic Paris venues, seem to have had a major impact on the building of the band.
That’s how, after a first EP recorded with Black Market Karma in London, they ended up supporting The Dandy Warhols on their French 2015 tour. A strong friendship was born out of this tour which led them to fly over to Portland, USA, to record the band’s first album. Peter G Holmström, the guitar player in Dandy Warhols, took care of the production and studio sessions – something he had never done for anybody else but the Dandys. A first for everybody that brought Salvation Prayer to the world.
This first full-length is a condensation of heady riffs, haunting melodies and bright rhythms, half-way between 90s’ shoegaze and 60s’ psychedelia. The album touches on the theme of belief, the kind that affects even the most Cartesian spirit; may it be superficial, spiritual, superstitious, religious or moral. This very-human interpretation of reality is meant to help those who seek to free themselves, dream or flee, and that’s what the band is all about. Beliefs fascinate and give a framework to unconscious acts of cowardice but also acts of poetry, sometimes shaping an entire life.
The first track “Salvation Rain” sets the tone: a storm of psychedelic redemption that strikes right into our ears. Some early tracks have matured with time, such as “Get Out” and “Brain”, as well as some acoustic sweetness moments with the intro to “Extend” and “Just Wait”, and a track that could be by the Black Angels, “Power House”. The concluding 15-minute mantra “The Way To The Holy War” is an inner prayer that reflects the whole album. A subjective holy war that’s ignited inside every one of us.
Salvation Prayer will be released 8th of June on the London-based label Fuzz Club.
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PRAISE FOR YOU SAID STRANGE
“Carried by a quasi-mystical impulse, the quintet works brilliantly in the footsteps of the Brian Jonestown Massacre or Elephant Stone.” RIFE
“This first opus is a compilation of catchy riffs, throbbing melodies and luminous rhythms halfway between the shoegazing of the 90s and the psychedelia of the 60s” Le Tetris
“If we have already mentioned their music several times in our lines, it is because we love their desire to go out of the way of conventional rock. The 5 boys show a rare talent and compositional intelligence in their style.”
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“The new You Said Strange music video is the best way to end the day” Gonzai
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