Ménage à trois : une formule qui fonctionne ! (Interview)


Manchester ça vous évoque quoi ?
Alors oui évidemment 2 équipes qui se tirent la bourre en premier league, mais encore ?
Oasis, The Chemical Brothers, The Hacienda !
Bref, une ville historiquement fleuron en matière de création musicale.

Ménage à Trois ne dérogent pas à la règle.
Leur nom facétieusement provocant annonce la couleur d’une musique ultra sexy. Avec "The Bogans of Life", le trio nous offre la bande-son chaloupée de longues nuits d’été.

Programmés le 26 juillet prochain à la Villa Noailles dans le cadre d’un concert privé du formidable MIDI Festival , la maxime "ce qui tombe sous le sens rebondit à Hyères" n’a jamais autant été d’actualité (si tu n’as pas compris ce jeu de mot, merci de réviser tes classiques littéraires). 

Une interview ensoleillée et pleine de british sense of humour, on aime !

GBHM : Hi Ménage à Trois, could you please introduce yourselves ? Who are you and how did you meet ?

M.A T. : Ménage à Trois are Jonathan Flanders, Craig Langton and Joseph Manning. We met when we were around 18/19 at the beach.

GBHM : So, you’re from Manchester, home of The Smiths, Joy Division, Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses among other great bands. And you did a wonderful cover of the Bee Gees’ “Islands In The Stream”. In which way are you inspired by the music scene of your home town ?

M.A T. : The manchester band we are most inspired by is The Durutti Column. We see him as the only music scene of our hometown, Earth.

GBHM : There are several samples (Marvin Gaye for instance) in “The Bogans of Life” and it finally sounds pretty unique. So what are your musical influences and how would you define your music?

M.A T. : For "The Bogans of Life" we were heavily inspired by S.Maharba's use of samples, although he takes it to level we can only dream of. The track "I See Water" is a sample off of a Rascals record that Joe bought in New York for a dollar. He bought it just because it had a Gauguin painting on the cover. 
The Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross sample from "Naked" is from one of Craig's parents favourite songs, "You Are Everything". 
For this mixtape, we have been inspired by life. Watching the best sunset on a 6 hour bus ride across Argentina falling in and out of love.

GBHM : You’ll be playing at the Midi Festival in the South of France on July 26th, which is known for discovering awesome new acts, such as Wu Lyf back in 2010 (and I have to confess, listening to you guys made their split up less difficult for me). How come ? 

M.A T. : We're playing MIDI festival because it's the best festival in the world for us. The upside of the cutbacks they've had to make is that it's all going to be back at Villa Noailles, where all the best years played like Girls, Holy Shit, Animal Collective.. Also we'll be glad to see Panda Bear play, his music fits so well with the setting. For us as a band and as friends it feels like a beautiful summer memory we are all waiting to experience.

GBHM : Do you have any other upcoming gigs in France (or anywhere else) ?

M.A T. : We are playing a show on Sunday for the Liverpool Biennial... that's all we've got planned. And for Jonathan it's a homecoming to sing where his great great great granddad from Belgium got a bunch of women pregnant. He was the original bogan.

GBHM : What are your plans for the next months ? Recording an album ?

M.A T. : At the end of August/ beginning of September we're going to record our first album in a studio. Some of the songs were being made along side the ones on "The Bogans of Life", but they didn't fit in; different times and different vibes. The progression has been really holistic and we are all holding hands on this one.

GBHM : As you have a French name, maybe a few last words in French for your French audience ?

M.A T. : La musique de Ménage À Trois vient d’un de ces lieux d’amour dont regorge Manchester. Au commencement, il existait trois genres humains, pas seulement deux – homme et femme – comme aujourd’hui. Il en existait donc un troisième, qui mélangeait mes deux autres. Son nom a survécu, mais le genre lui-même s’est éteint. À cette époque, on distinguait un genre distinct de personne androgyne, pas simplement un mot, bien que comme le genre, le mot soit aussi à la fois masculin et féminin ; de nos jours, cependant, seul le mot demeure, et ce dernier est une insulte.

La dernière réponse est en français dans le texte !  

MAUD & THOMAS

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