Five Questions With… Trumpets of Consciousness

Band: Trumpets of Consciousness
Country of Origin: France

The current state of French rock/psych/garage/punk/etc. continues to astound me, so much to the point we’ve done not one, but two shows dedicated to French rock. I don’t remember how I stumbled on the 2016 debut from Lyon’s Trumpets of Consciousness, but within the first few seconds of listening I knew that this record would stay in my head for a long time.

It’s no secret that the band sources inspiration from the likes of 60s pop greats like Brian Wilson and John Lennon; however, the band offers much more than just a rehash of a classic sound. Trumpets of Consciousness builds on top of the foundation left by those icons, crafting something modern, fresh, playful, and sincere. Since hearing that record for the first time, I’ve been eagerly awaiting another hit of pop-psych bliss. Today marks the release of Approximate, one of our most-anticipated records of 2019. So, to celebrate, today’s entry for “Five Questions With…” features, well, Trumpets of Consciousness of course!

The band’s singer/songwriter, Thibauld, answered the questions on behalf of the band.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

I can imagine us fighting to death over which disc to keep before even reaching that deserted island. But I can also imagine us reaching an agreement over The Beatles’ white album. Because it’s long… and diverse enough to cover a lot of our respective tastes and because it was tacitly admitted when creating Trumpets of Consciousness that the basic means of it’s musical expression would be the 60’s/70’s pop era arsenal.

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

Some of us met thanks to common friends an fellow musicians and others have known each others for a long time and played in the same bands.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

The underground music scene in Lyon (France) is diverse and struggling. Noise, Metal, Experimental, Jazz and Electronic seem to be the most represented genres. Lots of people doing a great job but too few live music clubs, especially for pop, psychedelic and garage music.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

We all have other concerns in life that may influence our music. Depending on the person it would be stage theater, literature, cinema, philosophy, politics, south American culture, esoterism, fine wines, food and other drugs to cite a few.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

I think we’d all agree to say our favorite show is more of a series. The shows we played in Canada two years ago. It was very exciting to play so far from home and really felt like a proper tour, playing almost every night in a different city and when not in Quebec in front of an English speaking audience. For us french English singing animals it was quite a big deal.

Ryan

Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.