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April 30, 2021 – Rouen, Normandie, France – French instrumental outfit Les Agamemnonz have shared their new shining summery single “Xiphias” today, from their upcoming album Amateurs – due out June 11, 2021 on Hi-Tide Recordings. Fans can check out the new single, described by the band as “Surf in G-minor” now at found.ee/xiphias
On “Xiphias”, the band shares, “the greatest challenge in writing surf music is to keep it as bare and simple as it can be. Sometimes it demands a lot of ‘pruning’. We pruned ‘Xiphias’ a lot so it can swim as fast as a swordfish.”
Ahead of the release of Amateurs the band has shared additional singles, “Mount Capitola,” and “No Shoes No Service,” which highlight the French band’s American influence. On the upcoming album the band shares, “The making of this album has been a very long process, and we are very excited to make it public soon! Especially during times when gigs don’t exist anymore, it is heartwarming to be able to share new music with people.”
Playing on the ambivalence of the word that designates the enamored connoisseur as well as the non-professional, Amateurs is paradoxically the band’s most ambitious production, both in writing, arrangements, orchestration, recording. In addition to references to their spiritual father Joe Meek (“Artemis”), or to a more French legacy (“Conseils de la Fée des Lilas”), it is unquestionably their most “American” record, with clear references to the golden age of studios (“Theme from ‘Amateurs’ “), to a certain cinema (“Redwood Heights”), or to more personal experiences of touring the United States (“No Shoes No Service”). It is in all coherence that this album is also their first collaboration with the American label Hi-Tide Recordings.
For the past decade, Les Agamemnonz have performed hundreds of gigs, in concert halls, art centres, apartments, on village squares, beaches, boats, etc., across Europe and the United States. Never leaving their Greek “chitons”, playing barefoot come rain or shine, they get eclectic audiences to dance, ignite all age groups and – being instrumental – cross easily all language barriers.
If the craze they generate goes far beyond the borders of their genre niche, it is however the surf music community who give them the greatest honours, by placing their previous album in 3rd position of the 100 Best Surf Records of the Decade or by positioning them as the headliner of the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival.
As acknowledged figures of this international scene, Les Agamemnonz stands out by their ability to quote their classics (The Ventures, The Astronauts, etc.) while developing a sound and a writing of their own. The tightness of their rhythmics and the originality of their arrangements draw from their deep interest in all forms of electric instrumental music that have flourished all over the world (Eleki music in Japan, Rautalanka in Finland, instro in France, electric Cumbia, Sega, etc.).
Les Agamemnonz is Benjamin Bonaventure (lead guitar), Simon Ripoll-Hurier (rhythm guitar), Grégory Bonaventure (bass), and André Pasquet (drums). Additional musicians featured on the album include Michael Jacques (french horn, trombone, trumpet, flugelhorn), Frédéric Jouhannet (violins), Antoine Berland (medium grand piano), and Zach Robbins (field recording).
Main Photo Credit: Laetitia Striffling
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