The Inspector Cluzo: The Interview
Inspector Cluzo are two Frenchmen, Phil Jourdain and Malcomt Lacrouts. They are are both loud and funky, so much so that they often tour and record with Fishbone. Their debut album led to 123 consecutive gigs and the label "garage blues" which is something they hate. I think they're are a good bet to play Thursday’s opening party cuz they can rock the house.
Here’s an abbreviated email Q&A I did with them ahead of their Taipei show next week. It covers all kinds of things such as various clichés (a French word), playing at 105db, and how one French journalist described the band "as if the Melvins f@%^* Marvin Gaye!!”
Q) You’ve been doing lots of touring these days and probably have met some cool
people and learned some new riffs. I think last time we talked you mentioned Dan Auerbach's solo show.
A) We will end this year with 123 gigs in 21 countries ...the tour will stop end of August as we need to have a rest and we need to record our 2nd album …. which will be released worldwide in 2010. We have met a lot of good bands, but are still so proud to share the stage with the best live band of the world: Fishbone. They are doing the best shows we ever seen since 25 years without any hype or concessions.
Yes we played with Dan Auerbach in Bluesfest-a bit disappointed by his show etc as we do prefer the Black Keys definitely -we saw an amazing show of Michael Franti -even if it not our stuffs-he knows how to catch an audience -
Q) Does the 2-man band give you lots of freedom. Someone told me that this is a classic blues arrangement and you really don't need a bass player.
A) We f@%$ the bass player :)) We did a song on this to be clear. So i think it is clear that we obviously don't need bass player. Seriously a "true" musician don' t need specific instruments to create his art. At the basic level, we are funk musicians-so we played with a lot of bands (all together for 17 years) with bass players, horns etc.. to do funky music -
Maceo Parker-when is playing his saxophone alone is more funky that all the biggest funk band in the world. So all the people saying "clichés" like you need a bass to groove are nuts. They are just not true musicians-You need to be open minded -If you are musicians, there are no borders in the world. For us there are no borders in the world-Music is the last universal language that people could hear from Argentina, USA, Taiwan, Australia, France, Japan. We're all listening the same notes. We need to keep that alive -so we do what we want in our music -we are free spirits, free people, free musicians, we are 2 and we are sounding like 7 musicians!!!
There are a lot of duo playing now. And we do not feel really close to them as they are always into this garage blues things. That's good when it is done like the Black Keys but now it is a cliché. Besides they are sounding too "garage" for us ….
Q) You guys are somewhere between blues and funk. It seems more blues these days but, who really cares, as long as its music right?
A) We are a mix between 70's rock and funk and soul. A well known French journalist said last week after seeing us in France at the Eurockeennes Festival that we are sounding "if like the Melvins f@#$%* Marvin Gaye !!" :))) That's a really funny picture, and close to reality. Our new album will be more rock & soul-so we will have more horns for example-as rock is "the son of blues ", it is obvioulsy sounding blues, but it is not an influence.
Q) Someone described your band as being very loud. Is this true?
A) Yes -this is rock n' roll !!! Rock is loud, Rock cannot be mainstream. Rock needs to be vulgar. Rock needs to be troublemakers etc..
We have forgot what "Rock n Roll " means since some shitty pop music and some shitty hype indi bands get air play on commercial radios saying they are doing 'rock "' as a marketing thing
Rock is not marketing. Rock is against something -we are against "consumer society." We are proud to play loud and are really happy to disturb people playing so loud -
Our sound engineer is forbidden to mix the PA less than 105 DB-!!!!If he does he is fired.
Q) I will give you this opportunity to say anything you want to the people
of Taiwan and Japan.
A) Taiwan and Japanese people are really close to where we are coming in Southwest, France. There are a lot of traditions etc.so we are really proud to play in such brilliant countries that have a richness of history like France. We are really curious to meet and enjoy all Asia-We will play South Korea with the band Nevada 51 and will enjoy Korea as well. We are open minded people, we want to discover all the culture etc, especially if they are so different than our own. We are not American !!! Fuck USA and their fucking regular food!!! We need quality and quality is not regular food !!!
Grinta y suerte
Malcolm and Phil from The Inspector Cluzo
Questions and a lil' editing by Sean S.
photo provided by Inspector Cluzo