RTL Today – Viagra Boys, Sleaford Mods: No, punk is not dead!

It’s a genre that is often buried but “whose body comes out of the coffin” as Jehnny Beth, singer and TV host from this scene, says nicely to AFP: the spirit of punk still blows with Shame, Sleaford Mods and Viagra Boys.

We can get rid of the cliché-hardware store for this new wave: no more ridges, safety pins, even guitars since the Sleaford Mods (new album “Spare ribs” this Friday) do not use them and Viagra Boys (“Welfare jazz” released last Friday) add a saxophone.

No matter the labels or chapels, punk or post-punk, since we are talking here as much about attitude as about musical approach. “Punk can be a word classified in time – around 1977 with the Clash and the Sex Pistols – but it is above all an adjective which refers to energy, one is in the act without having to control his instruments like Zappa or Prince, it’s a state of mind that cannot die “, described for AFP Christian Eudeline, author of” Punk, the 100 cult albums “.

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“No, punk isn’t dead,” Jehnny Beth agrees. “It is made to disappear and reappear, there is this idea of ​​rebirth, the need to bury it, to go to the funeral and see the body come out of the coffin, to relive a kind of perpetual youth”, continues- she.  The  former singer of Savages, an entity of 100% female punk essence, has since launched solo and also scolds the show “Echoes” on Arte, where groups soaked in this movement parade live and in interviews.

“BREAK THE CODES”

Yes, there will always be kids for the next generation, since it is + do it yourself + (+ do it yourself +) – either, in music, not to depend on a myriad of producers and ‘arrangers – not to fit into the mold, to break the codes, which we find in other arts, since Virginie Despentes had written + Baise-moi + in 15 days with her parents, because she was getting pissed off“, bounces Christian Eudeline.

We had also seen Virginie Despentes attend a Savages concert during the Days Off festival at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2017. And the guitarist of the young Irish people of Fontaines DC (“A hero’s death” was released in 2020), received in Jehnny Beth’s show, admitted Savages among their influences.

Another Irish group, Murder Capital (“When I have fears”, 2019) is also one of the new faces of post-punk, like other groups in their twenties, such as the English of Working Men’s Club (eponymous album in 2020) and Shame (“Drunk tank pink” comes out this Friday). © www.en24news.com The  English from Idles (“Ultra mono”, last year) or the Swedes from the Viagra Boys are in the over age group, around their thirties.

“PUNK AND POETRY”

© www.en24news.com The ir music is not monolithic, all aesthetics are represented. “I recognize myself in the combination of punk and poetry from Les Fontaines DC, while with Sleaford Mods we have punk that appropriates hip-hop”, details Jehnny Beth.

Minimalist device on stage at Sleaford Mods: mocking DJ who starts the sequencer while sipping his beer and leader who delivers his lyrics in sing-talk. As for the walls of Idles guitars, they open onto the mea-culpa of toxic masculinity. “Idles is the male rock band after #Metoo“, rejoices Jehnny Beth, close to leader Joe Talbot.

It would also be risky to speak of a big family, seeing the press tackles of Sleaford Mods on Idles. Jehnny Beth doesn’t dismiss another point either: “the groups of girls are rare, there is nevertheless a pre-conception, a middle of men for these groups, which always have their place with a music industry of men which includes themAs in Savages’ day, emerging female gangs are rare, with Dream Wife currently being the exception that proves the rule.

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