Do Den Haag Church
A french trio called France, using drums, bass and amplified hurdy-gurdy. They perform only live, in the middle of the audience - turned in to face each other - full on smoke machines and strobes. And they play only one song for the duration of their hour-long set. And its the most transfixing live experience of intense physical and mental focus. The distorted hurdy gurdy plugs Frances sound into the countrys history of folk music and popular festivities, of communal trance and immersive pleasure. The rhythmic basis is pretty much the same throughout the whole live. One doesnt need to actually be tripping balls for the auditory illusions to start coming thick and fast.
Those whove stayed for the whole duration of their performances know theyve shared something. However disparate the phantom forms each might have discerned in the midst of the howls and groans. Gigs like this you leave feeling youre not quite the same person who went in, even though youd be hard-pressed to pinpoint precisely what has changed.
One certainty remains at least, that there is still a France we can believe in.
David McKenna (The Quietus).