The Belmondos meet Rotten Sound

Meet The Belmondos

These false heirs of Jean-Paul Belmondo and true lovers of the Sixties, The Belmondos managed in a short time to make a name on the Parisian music scene. They just released their second album, Good Mistakes, and stopped by to RottenSound to talk about their music and their projects.

Your music is both influenced by Sixties music and by more modern bands like the Arctic Monkeys and the Strokes. Where do you think you fit into this? Who are the Belmondos?
Tristan: We fit in the Sixties spirit in the sense that we make pop song, but at the same time we are each influenced by other stuff we listen to. It is perhaps more a way of playing than a principle of composition. For example, Brian's style is not ...
Brian: It's not very Sixties
Is that the garage side of the group?
Brian: Actually, I'm rather grunge and 90s. It feels a lot in my way of playing.
Eliott: Then we're also Sixties in the way we recorded the album because we did not use the current methods. We used an 8 track recorder tHomehat brings this particular sound, a little warm, that you do not find when you record in digital. We rely heavily on this vintage side and our love of the music of the Sixties.
Tristan: And the name of our group makes a clear reference to it.
Besides, the name of your group came to you how?
Eliott: That's always the question ...

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Luc: To tell you the truth, it is often the first question we ask, and the first time we did an interview, we replied: "It is because we are brothers, We are called Belmondo and we have added an 's' ". It was huge but obviously the person opposite believed it and so the same thing was answered the next time, it also worked and the trick took. Now it does not work because the training has changed a bit. We liked Belmondos, Belmondo pardon, Jean-Paul Belmondos (laughs) and it's a name that holds back right away.
It was not too complicated to change the line-up?
Luc: Even if today we play very few pieces from the old formation, it happens to us and it is always a little destabilizing. But it is also very positive because by changing musicians, we change our sound and we change groups in a sense. If he always carries the same name it is that, I want to say, the concept has remained the same.
Tristan: Our approach is a little hybrid, in the sense that we make pop songs and record in analogue, but at the same time our way of playing is not at all sixties.
Luc: In fact, it is a point of honor to interpret our songs with great energy and a more rocky than pop approach. For example, our last single could have been treated hyper ballad, almost without battery, but on the contrary the percussions are very provided, very tribal, and they come to break the pop side.
Speaking of your latest album, what are the best "good mistakes" you have done?
Eliott: There's plenty! (Laughs)
Luc: We sometimes have problems with the heads, which prevented tracks from leaving. We had to learn to juggle with that stuff.
Tristan: And since we've had a lot of catches, sometimes we've sometimes found ourselves keeping the most ... special.
Eliott: It's freestyle on the last song of the album!
Tristan: We would not be able to do the same thing twice.
Luc: Fortunately!

Luc: We'll see. What is unfortunate is that what happened at the beginning of our career came a little too early. Our first single was spotted by an American radio show when we were not even six months old. It would have been difficult to go on tour with only three tracks.
Is it difficult to reconcile your musical career with your professional lives?
Tristan: Interviews are the most difficult!
Brian: It's not obvious because many people have a hard time understanding that making music is also a job. Many people think that it is a leisure, that it allows us to forget our worries, but it is much more complicated and profound than that. To find ourselves doing a job that pleases us in which we flourish and then be forced to return in his small life with his little train, it is difficult. Luc and I make a lot of hours, Eliott has a job that is far from obvious ...
Tristan: And the teachers do not work! I know that one. (Laughs)
Brian: Just being able to plan rehearsals is very complicated. If we were all teenagers, we would have our Saturdays and Sundays free, but Eliott and I work almost every weekend, and Luc never knows when he works.
Tristan: But I never work on the weekend, I understand, I have school holidays!
Would you be willing to give up everything to devote yourself to music if it works?
Luc: It's been planned for years.
Brian: It's now or never. I will not stay in my little shop doing something I do not like if the album works and I can live music.
Luc: I think we all dream of getting up in the morning and saying that we are going to go to concerts, record a song or repeat, but we are quickly caught up in reality.
Tristan: If it works, the best thing is to do concerts and shoot.
What do you expect from Good Mistakes?
Luc: We hope for the maximum. After our first album in 2010, there was an almost complete change of staff. It took time to get the group back on track. It's a little bit like starting from scratch, so it would be nice if this album put the Belmondos back a bit ...
Tristan: In the minds.
Luc: If it allows us to turn into interesting places and to make the first parts, it will already be taken. After the idea is to draw the next album soon enough. In the end, everything is possible. Everything is possible.
Speaking of first parts, if you were offered to do the first part of any artist, who would you choose?
Tristan: I do not think any of us would say the same thing. There is a lot of group that we adore but it remains to know if we would see their first part. Would it be consistent to play before them?
Eliott: Personally it would not make me kiffer to make the first part of a band that I kiffe because I will have too much pressure. I prefer to go before a group that I know less. Tomorrow we are offered to do the first part of Beyoncé, I say O.K.
Brian: In terms of impact, it's inevitably better than anyone ...
Brian: But that would not be consistent at all

Luc: Obviously if tomorrow you tell us we are going to make the first part of the Arctic Monkeys, I think we all resign from our job and we go in rehearsal! The real question is: what can we bring them? In musical terms, they are ten steps ahead if not more, but one thing they may not have anymore and we have necessarily is that when you see the Arctic Monkeys, you do not See not a group in danger while if you saw the Belmondos in the first part of the Arctic Monkeys, you would necessarily see a group in danger! Seeing a group get on the edge of the razor can be fascinating and cause a lot of emotions.
Brian: I think I would rather play in an emblematic place than with an emblematic group. I would be more excited to play the Cigale in the first part of a small group than to play Wembley in the first part of the Foo Fighters.
Eliott: It's funny because you would have a lot of pressure to play in the first part of the Foo Fighters while I'm not at all.
Brian: On the other hand you would not be serene if we put you in the first part of Pink Floyd.
Luc: That's what I told you earlier when you asked us what we hoped for from the album. We hope to make some breakthroughs right and left and be able to defend the music that we do, even if it is not obvious. We want to learn and improve. We want to go exploring horizons, redo certain "good mistakes" and not to remake others. We really want to move forward.