Amidst an eclectic line-up, the 2021 edition of Les Trans Musicales de Rennes gave old rock a makeover.
From Wednesday December 1 to Sunday December 5, the 43rd edition of the Trans Musicales de Rennes was held, the festival to unearth the talents of tomorrow and the cradle of historic moments such as one of the first French concerts of Nirvana in 1991, the appearance of Daft Punk without masks in 1995, and James Murphy’s first gig as LCD Soundsystem in 2002, to name but a few. The lucky ones who go there know it: we go from electro, to flamenco, to cumbia and then to trip-hop from room to room, and what they are going to discover there is still only known to a few people. This year, in our journey, three groups told us that the future of rock was still very bright.
Lalalar: Turkish electro psyche
Friday 3:30 a.m. In complete darkness, three people enter the stage of Hall 8 for a concert that would make everyone forget the cancellation of Amyl and the Sniffers, a highly anticipated Melbourne punk band, scheduled just before on the same stage. A singer, a guitarist and then another on the machines appear under fine halos of light. The tension in the room is palpable at this late hour. People ask: ” whose ? ». The programming indicates three syllables: Lalalar. A perfect schedule for the intensity of the electronic and psychedelic music of this trio from Istanbul founded in 2018. If the trio shares the love of Anatolian rock with Altin Gün and Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek, signed like them on the Swiss label Bongo Joe, their style is also close to that of KVB or Vox Low. A mixture of the rarest and most successful of post-punk, industrial, angular basses, rough electronic pads, abrasive fuzz solos, bewitching, inhabited Turkish songs, and oriental melodies. All brilliantly maneuvered with a nihilistic attitude and a certain boldness. The intoxicated crowd surrenders to pogos and hands wave gracefully. What better way to end a first night at Les Trans Musicales?
Voice Of Baceprot: Indonesian metal (and so brave)
Representative of the diversity of line-up of the festival: Voice Of Baceprot, metal. Unlike Hellfest, where less than 1% of groups have women in their ranks, Trans Musicales have chosen to represent this musical style with an efficient and minimalist formation of three teenage girls on bass, guitar and drums. These proposed a set composed of as many covers as committed compositions. The desire not to evoke their young age or their appearance (they marry hijab and leather biker jacket) seizes us, as the media coverage they receive is based on these elements. But it would be to miss the uniqueness, the strength and the courage of these women not to specify it. They also interrupt their concert to push a rant: during the interviews they gave during the day, the journalists all asked a question about their hijab. The bottom line is that the love of heavy metal outweighs the danger of such activity on their part in their native Indonesia, as death threats and physical assaults have escalated since they started the group. This does not prevent them from continuing, which makes their presence for this first date in France special. We will long remember their energy, their enthusiasm and especially this good old public completely unleashed. Islamo-leftists, surely.
Komodrag and the Mounodor : United states of Armorica
Saturday 2:15 a.m. Seven people are on stage for what promises to be a merry mess made in Paimpol and Douarnenez, neighboring towns. The ghosts of heavy rock, those of the hippies as well as Dionysos and undoubtedly Satan are invited to this great celebration. Komodor joins forces with Moundrag, two projects for a supergroup which ensures nearly 1h30 (with an encore, something rare enough for Trans to be noted!) of a barge concert which gives the impression of a throwback to the golden age of psychedelic rock. Besides, nothing on stage is new, instruments with elephant legs, vintage is in order. Long hair, two drums, pogos for a particularly receptive audience and saturated riffs are the slogan of this group which advocates the “united states of Armorica” (!). We think it must have looked a bit like this to go to a Led Zeppelin concert in 1970. Amen. It will therefore be our palme d’or of the weekend among the twenty concerts seen during this 43rd edition.