Billy Sweet and Freddy Sweet huh? They sound like a couple of Dickensian rogues don’t they?
And their band – Les Bonbons – are an innovative assemblage of virtuoso troubadours who perform vagabond pop that resonates with a shimmering wall of sound, pumped up with strings, brass and a choir of charismatic song.
Their tunes stagger and swagger the streets of old London town, leaning on the murmured bon mots, sometimes sung, sometimes whispered, of vocalist Fred.
Meanwhile, guitarist Billy jives like Django, sometimes with a rock’n’roll swing, sometimes with a campside flourish.
They’re like a Franglais mash-up of The Divine Comedy or a Gallic Jarvis Cocker at a gypsy jazz bacchanal, Les Bonbons are an enthralling and intense proposition. Magnifique, mes amis, magnifique.
We listened to Dans La Lumière taken from the debut Album “Les Bonbons” out November 17th on Ciao Ketchup Recordings:
This is kinda wonky.
Like wearing your chapeau back-to-front whilst singing “God Save the Queen” to the tune of La Marseillaise.
Sloppy guitars swelter out in a slovenly stream… leaking, like oils from a greasy duck.
But cello sounds and sparking guitars guitar eventually start to add a bit of sophisticated texture to all the wonkiness.
And it seems to begin to make sense.
A toy-box of sounds – some fruity – some odd … the whole ting is tempting and sweet. With vocals so soporific that they will change your state of being.
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