Unveiling a new realm of music exploration on this side of the world, boutique brand Figure8 Agency, introduces a stellar lineup of the latest and most intriguing artists out of France. There has been an explosion of captivating musical movements in recent times spanning the modern pop chanson of 1960s (The yéyés) through the coldwave of the 1980s and the more recent foray into the French electronic scene and French rap. Curating a fine selection of substantial artists, Figure8 present a series of concerts for music lovers worth checking out.
La Femme– Celebrating The Woman
Leading the pack on 7th March is La Femme. Contrary to having a name which translates to “The Woman” in French, the band is made up of 5 males and 1 leading lady. Touted as the “future of French rock”, the band was chosen by Red Hot Chili Peppers to support them during their 2016 European tour. Inspired by a love of retro sounds through Gene Vincent, The Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk, La Femme has emerged with a grim- meets-glam genre of its own; like a new-wave rave filtered through The Ventures’ back catalogue. They’ve cultivated a unique style for themselves which takes influence from broad range of the vintages – particularly 80s synth wave, nuvo-surf; 60s pop and glam rock.
No sooner had their debut album launch in 2013, did it hit No.1 in the French digital charts making La Femme the next best IT group overnight. The band have premiered at festivals such as Glastonbury, The Great Escape, Primavera Sound, SXSW, Clockenflap and more. They have been generously praised from the likes of Jacques Audiard and Romain Gavras, to legends Jean Michel Jarre and Hedi Slimane. The latter whom used La Femme’s version of Oh Baby Doll in a Saint Laurent campaign featuring Cara Delevingne.
Celebrating the female strength and spirit, up and coming Singaporean noir pop duo, TOMGIRL will open the night. Inspired by classic film noir thrillers, motorbike ganglands and insidious femme fatales, the band prepare to showcase its deadly assault of heavy guitar riffs, pounding drumbeats and fuzzy bass lines while primming the stage at SCAPE for the French krautrock and psych-punk band. Fans of Ladytron, Stereolab, The Cure and Siouxsie, and the Banshees will definitely be in for a treat.
Rising to stardom, La Femme earned a Best new album in 2014 at Victoires de la Musique. The September 2016 release of their album “Mystere”, has also earned them another nomination for Best Rock Album for Victoires in 2017. Many are expecting them to rise to the ranks alongside legendary French musicians Air, Daft Punk, Phoenix and Justice.
“We are excited to bring La Femme to Singapore for the first time. They are the synthesis of everything we’ve loved for the past 50 years in the pop & rock genre in France. Ever since 2014, Figure8 is passionate about bringing in the best of France’s vibrant and expanding music scene. We aim to expand the reach and appreciation of music across genres and nationalities. Following this first 2017 gig, Figure8 will continue to bring the best of the French Touch from electronic acts to pop and folk. What better way to start than with the very diverse and trendsetting culture brewing in Singapore.”, Says Dany Inthaxoum, Director of Figure8 Agency.
About The Concert
7 March, SCAPE The Ground Theatre
2 Orchard Link #04-01