Pamplemousse formed in Reunion Island (Indian Ocean) in 2017 and released their first self-titled album on the French label “A Tant Rêver du Roi”. Their sound is a powerful mix of Noise and Garage rock, tainted of dirty Blues.
Recorded and self-produced with a homemade artwork (on a purely DIY principle), their album was critically acclaimed both on a national scale (Rolling Stone, New Noise, Mowno, Le Drone, Abus Dangereux..) and internationally (Maximum R’n’R..).
This powerful trio from Reunion Island has been glowingly compared with masters of the 90s genre such as Shellac, Fugazi, Girls vs Boys or Chokebore as well as the Amphetamine Reptile or the Touch ‘n’ Go labels.
One can enjoy the urgency of listening to Pamplemousse’s music live, their thunderous sound emancipates itself from the Noise, Garage, Punk, Grunge or even the Stoner style. For their first gig in mainland France, the band supported Unsane (from NYC) in Paris then carried on with tours all around France and in Spain where they shared the stage with the cream of the underground (LANE, It It Anita, Lysistrata, Make-Overs…).
For the release of their second album “High Strung” on April 19th 2019, on the same ‘A Tant Rêver du Roi’ label, Pamplemousse has still not started playing Séga nor Maloya. The band went to record on an analogical system at the Studio Black Box in Angers with Peter Deimel (Chokebore, Shellac, Cows..) which led to a Dantesque result.
Throughout the 10 tracks on the album, Pamplemousse continued to craft their style: nervous, savage with noisy punk gems such as “High Strung”, “Losing Control” or “Ventoline”. Their guitars were even noisier than on the colossal “Porcelain” which recalls Sonic Youth ou Metz, even when they slowed down the beat (“Back in L.A”), tension is palpable, so yourself brace for the eruption… #lafournaiseoté
Cover artwork: Sarah Lenormand
Recorded by Peter Deimel (Black Box Studio – Angers) – December 2018.
Mastered by Dan Coutant, Cornwall, NYC (US)
1. High Strung
2. Dragon’s Breath
3. Losing Control
5. Space Out
6. Heebie Jeebies
7. Back In L.A
9. Top Of The Bill
10. Hot Fudge Monday