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Entertainment Marquis is no longer Sade and releases "Aurora", his new album

11:05  05 february  2021
11:05  05 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Marquis, de gauche à droite : Simon Mahieu, Éric Morinière, Frank Darcel et Thierry Alexandre. © Richard Dumas Marquis, from left to right: Simon Mahieu, Éric Morinière, Frank Darcel and Thierry Alexandre.

In mourning their singer Philippe Pascal, the three members of the legendary group from Rennes have changed their names. They publish, this Friday, February 5, Aurora, an album where they reinvent themselves without drawing a line on the past.

September 2019, Philippe Pascal, singer of Marquis de Sade , kills himself. The news creates all the more emotions as the group, legend of Rennes rock of the late 1970s, had returned, since 2017, to the front of the stage, carried by concerts with vitality and intensity intact.

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A new record was even on the rails. " After the reformation concert in Rennes, Philippe told me that he was ready to continue, especially for new titles", remembers guitarist Frank Darcel.

With Thierry Alexandre (bass) and Éric Morinière (drums), the question arises: should we stop everything? “We knew very well that if we put the hard drives in the trash, we would stop the music for good. "

Because there have already been mockups, recording sessions in the United States with guitarists Ivan Julian and Richard Lloyd, New York punk heroes, and saxophonist James Chance.

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"We knew it would be hard"

After a few months of hesitation, Marquis de Sade resumed the path of the studios, with the support of Christian Dargelos and Sergeï Papaïl, present on one track of the album, historical members of the group, of saxophonist Daniel Pabœuf, who played on the first two albums of Marquis de Sade and, inevitably, Etienne Daho, whose history is linked to group: “The fact that they gave us their support was very important. We knew it would be hard, Étienne had warned me that we would be judged if we continued ... "

Other voices - Dutchman Dirk Polak, Marina Keltchewsky from Tchewsky & Wood - come to give shape to the songs. The group thus thinks of calling on several guests to finish the disc. And then the Belgian musician Ad Comminato, who plays keyboards on the disc, slips to Frank Darcel the name of a young Belgian singer whom he knows, Simon Mahieu.

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A record "full of scars"

Music is sent to him, he puts his voice on it. It works ! “From there we decided to start a band with Simon. And it became Marquis .

Simon Mahieu had never heard of the group before, his voice offers Aurora unity. This 32-year-old Flemish brings new freshness to an record "full of scars", as Frank Darcel himself says.

An album whose recording spans three years, from Rennes to New York via Amsterdam, Brussels and Finistère, in the midst of a pandemic ... A record which mobilized twenty-four musicians, which also expresses itself in French as well as in English, German or Portuguese. A nested work, both homage and new departure, which surprises before seducing.

An astonishing vitality

The shadow of Philippe Pascal accompanies Aurora: in I will not write more so often, the tribute song by Etienne Daho, in the themes addressed (European obsession, disappointed hopes), in Le voyage d 'Andrea, this instrumental that ends the record and over which his absent voice seems to hover.

That of Dominic Sonic, who died in July, also sends a thrill to Ocean, a beautiful cover of Velvet Underground. But the record does not sink into pathos. On the contrary.

Despite the hardships, Marquis keeps an astonishing vitality, in his unstoppable rhythm, his aggressive guitars, this perfectly controlled post-punk sound.

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With Aurora, one story begins, another ends without Marquis putting an end to it. After remaining in suspense, the group now hopes to tour. Several concerts are already scheduled. Frank Darcel even mentions the United States. “Marquis de Sade in New York, Philippe dreamed of it. I really care. Who knows… ”

Aurora, Caroline distribution / Universal. 13 tracks, 44 min.

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