Têtes de Chien
Ten years ago, Justin Bonnet, Philippe Bellet, Henri Costa, Didier Verdeille and Grégory Veux, five french men coming from different regions of France and from the theatre field, the opera, the chanson française, pop and trad. music, met in Paris on a pharaonic circus show and decided to form an original a cappella band.
They would call themselves TETES DE CHIEN, “dog’s heads” (in reference to a kind insult that people from the countryside gave to Parisians) and thus decided to revile themselves, not waiting for others to do so ! To dig and find and recreate their hidden roots under the pavement.
Ten years later, after three albums and numerous stages, theatres, festivals and heritage places all around France, these parisian peasants keep on exploring and re-creating these immemorial oral tradition songs that form the heritage of the French World Music, at the origins of the well-known chanson française.
These popular songs, taught to French children at school, were in the past centuries sang in the countryside during the daily life : working in the fields, having the cows move forward, sewing, cooking, nursing the children too, expressing a sort of pagan faith or making fun of the religion sometimes, telling stories on men and women’s life, death, love…
“We try to get and share with the audience, the energy these songs convey, their humour, their tenderness, their drama and their stunning melodies and rhythmic force strike, beyond words”.