An explosion of emotions and rebellious punk poetry that is Nantes’ band Chaviré, they come back with a brand new record to be released in the beginning of July.
Aux Contrevents, the sixth track from the upcoming album “Maintenant que les flammes sont partout”, shows off the brimming creativity and political rage of the band. The track unfolds with a cavalcade of an all-encompassing emo-punk moments, impassioned lyrical narrative, and equally powerful delivery. Part of the beauty that makes Chaviré’s sound so fascinating comes from their ability to make uplifting punk music in a time of desperation and despair. When there’s nothing left to lose, there comes a song like this pumping you with hope and opening your radical imagination for thousand of possiblities. —DIY Conspiracy
Listen to Chaviré’s new track below:
The ten song rager, “Maintenant que les flammes sont partout”, will drop on the first week of July through Stonehenge Records.
To place your preorder, just drop a message at [email protected] (no fancy website to make it easier for the smartphone generation)
150 copies, limited to pre-orders, will be pressed on red/white wax, and the record will be available right in time for the summer tour of the band with Birds In Row and Heavy Heart, which will also stop at this year’s Fluff Fest. Find the dates below.
Chaviré made a promise on Le Feu, Les Cendres:
Flames are for tomorrow, since the time we wait for the big fire.
On Là Où Les Puissances, they shouted:
We are all small groups, we are the rising present.
Happy coincidence with what the future reserved then to our present day reality. Back in the day, as for too long anyway, it was already easy to feel the pulse of the French population, constantly pulsating with rage, tired of a daily running to catch their train, and in the end to catch up with their lives.
That same tension could be felt at Chaviré’s shows too, where people from various horizons were all singing along in unison those passionate songs, calling for sacking that shitty life away; synthesizing our daily lives, our defeats and our desires.
As it has been predicted but so often denied, it only needed a single spark to catch the wick, and then hop, the flames are now everywhere. Now our desires to change everything will no longer be postponed to tomorrow. All this rage was born spontaneously, via these social networks so often contested by our elders, fellow anarchists, and people suspicious of technology… The ultimate incarnation of modern capitalism dedicated to blurring our real life connections could actually consolidate the multitude of people in the real world.
How to bypass the mechanisms and programs of social conditioning that crush our desires? This is the grandiose ruse.
As it turned out, the most influential people of this popular revolt aren’t coming from the political scene. They aren’t authors, thinkers, sometimes they’ve never been to protests, but these are people who are just like you and me: workers, retirees, high-school students, doctors, drivers, teachers…
They are Christophe Dettinger, Geneviève Legay, they are the suburban-heirs of the memory of Theo and Adama who in fact have all been Gilets Jaunes for much longer than the overwhelming majority of GJ. They are afraid to show themselves by fear of media reprisals filled by racism and Islamophobia. They are the students of Mantes-La-Jolie humiliated by cops, or the hundreds to have undergone a serious and yet institutionalized police and political violence by the State. The violence that has been (re)discovered by many, and became more and more conscientized through this movement. These people never needed to form unions or political parties to emerge as a common front to overthrow the existing order. With the thirst to conquer, the urgent will to live, and the doors of the unknown shattered with a Fenwick.
These people, taunting the law by using a yellow vest as a sign of rallying, which was used first as a sign of contestation in the face of the increased fuel prices, have gone out to do what they can never do with their income: flamber on the champs (flamber is a French slang for “hanging out”, in the lexical rank of fire). When the oppressive state exhibits its triumph each year on the Champs-Elysées, the ordinary people that the last three presidents have named beggars, sans-dents or people who are basically nothing and no one, took back the famous avenue to remind us that we are the whole of their system. They have come to triumph in return, to re-appropriate their lives and beach beneath the pavement. So many unknown fighters, struggling in a common front to debunk a lie that some are saying in the far-left and anarchist movements, as reminded in one of Chaviré’s new songs: “On ne peut plus rien faire à présent, tout est déjà perdu, qu’y a-t-il à attendre maintenant?” And then they took the roundabouts, streets, shops, banks, tolls…
Chaviré tackle since the beginning the question of the popular revolt, of the scuttling of our institutions. First, in a raw way with their demo recordings (2015), then more enriched with years passing by. In “Interstices” (2017), they focused on the gentrification of our lives, on defeatism and the individualisms that separate and imprison us. Since then, there has been the unexpected and saving emergence of the Gilets Jaunes, now mobilized for more than six months to date. From the beginning, they were all critical of pessimism, even nihilism (emo music isn’t based on that, basically?) that weigh down the various struggles to reclaim our lives.
Aux Contrevents was written on the same line of societal analysis, highlighting the upheavals we all know and paying tribute to those people who make our lives happier, giving more nuanced perspective to our political horizons. A quote from Alain Damasio, a recurring influence of the band, is ending the song, to punctuate the piece and highlight the challenge that has accepted to meet thousands of people on the streets; risking their liberties, sometimes losing their eyes or hands under the disproportionate response by the government and their servants with helmets, shields and uniforms, a.k.a the CRS.
Sung with the energy and joy of a crowd proud of their football team, an ode to defiance, whether towards power or revolt in itself; against the left-wing posers or against (neo)fascists which believed to see their brief moments of fame and legitimacy in this movement (the story of the GJs shortly proved them wrong!)
No matter where we go, honestly. I don’t hide it […] . No matter what’s gonna happen in the end, what is worth is what will remain.
“Maintenant que les flammes sont partout”, the new album of Chaviré, contains 10 songs, and Aux Contrevents is the 6th track on the record. Compared to what we know of the band so far, we are dealing with the same familiar stuff: it’s always a warm but determined emo-punk, melodic but not too mellow, with screamy backing vocals and rather spoken and shouted lead vocals that would rather have their place on an Oi! record. The song reminds with pleasure some of their influences like 12XU and Belle Époque. Although a little more post-punk infused on guitars, what other new songs played live by the band in recent months seemed to show…
“The piece says that politics is acts, gestures, not speeches or postures and that obviously it’s on the side of sensitive, that life is sensitive!”, explain the Nantes emo-punks on a note.
The same kind of sensitivity that characterizes the Gilets Jaunes movement… Haven’t they infused magic and poetry into their surprising, unpredictable and twirling insurrection? Haven’t they bring chaos to the whole (F)rance with lights and songs? And guess what, this is the only radical and popular protest that lasted for so long in (F)rance, since May 1968. These blocks of determination, driven by an ultimate desire to live, never been as powerful and fleeting as under these showy colors. —Guillaume, Le dictionnaire de l’emo