Louise Attaque

Louise Attaque

Louise Attaque is a French musical group founded in 1994. Its style could be described as between chanson and folk rock. Its first album has sold more than 2.5 million copies.Several of the group's albums were produced by Gordon Gano, lead singer of The Violent Femmes, a band whom Louise Attaque often cites as an influence and for whom their own band is named; "Louise" is a feminine name and "attaque" connotates violence.Infobox musical artist
Name = Louise Attaque

Img_capt = Louise Attaque concert poster
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Origin = flagicon|France Paris, France
Genre = French rock Art rock Folk rock
Years_active = 1994 — 2001 unofficial four-year hiatus 2005 — present
Label = Atmosphériques
URL = http://www.louiseattaque.com
Current_members = Gaëtan Roussel (vocals, guitar) Arnaud Samuel (violin) Robin Feix (bass guitar) Alexandre Margraff (drums)


Climb to the top (1990-2001)

Caravage (1990-1994)

Lead singer and guitarist Gaëtan Roussel and bassist Robin Feix met in high school in Montargis. They moved to Paris after graduation where they met drummer Alexandre Margraff and formed a rock band: Caravage (named after the famous Italian painter Caravaggio). After briefly hiring a lead guitarist, the band met violinist Arnaud Samuel while recording in a Parisian studio.

Louise Attaque's success (1997-2001)

Louise Attaque was formed in 1994. The name means "Louise Attacks" in French and is in reference of Louise Michel, a 19th century anarchist, and of the American rock band The Violent Femmes (which loosely translates from French as "violent women"). The Violent Femmes leader, Gordon Gano, agreed to produce Louise Attaque's debut self-titled album.

"Louise Attaque" was released in April 1997, receiving a strong positive critical response. Despite low initial radio airplay, the reputation of the group spread rapidly, garnering particular praise for its innovative violin-based folk/rock compositions and witty lyrics.By the end of the year, Louise Attaque had become a phenomenon, and with the help of a highly successful tour throughout France, the band had sold more than 400,000 units."Louise Attaque" eventually went on to sell an impressive 2.5 million copies in France, a record for any French rock album (even outselling Noir Désir's highly popular "666667 Club" album, released in 1996).

It took almost three years until Louise Attaque's second album "Comme On A Dit" was released (in January 2000), again produced by Gordon Gano. The album met the expectations of fans and critics alike, a complex and daring effort that still evoked Louise Attaque's now famous trademark sound. It was noted, however, that "Comme On A Dit (As They've Said)" was darker than the debut album, and consequently less radio friendly. It still sold 700,000 copies in France, however.Yet in 2001, after touring for five months and appearing at various rock festivals, the band split up, explaining that they were temporarily out of inspiration and tired of the hype and pressure surrounding them.

From separation to reunion (2001-2005)

Tarmac & Ali Dragon

Louise Attaque actually split into two different groups. Singer Gaëtan Roussel and violinist Arnaud Samuel formed Tarmac, while bassist Robin Feix and drummer Alexandre Margraff formed Ali Dragon.Tarmac means tar in French. The group aims to explore the starker sounds of acoustic instruments, while Ali Dragon has turned towards underground experimental music featuring jam sessions (mostly electro and Hip Hop).

À Plus Tard Crocodile

The four members of the group reunited in 2003 to pen a few songs, though at this point they were uncertain whether they would release the new material. After recording for a few weeks in the Electric Lady Studios in New York, Louise Attaque finally decided to release a (highly anticipated) third album."À Plus Tard Crocodile" was released in September 2005. The title is in reference of the rock and roll song See You Later Alligator (funnily, "à plus tard crocodile" is a calque of the American catchphrase, which gives an unidiomatic expression in French).

"À Plus Tard Crocodile" was received as quite a departure from Louise Attaque's previous works, a lighter and more varied album. Still, the group met with critical and chart success once again.


* February 20, 1999: Victoire de la musique of the band of the year.
* 2001: Victoire de la musique in the category "rock album of the year" for the album "Comme on a dit".
* 2006: Victoire de la musique in the category "Pop/rock album of the year" for the album "A Plus Tard Crocodile".


* 1997: "Louise Attaque" (Atmosphériques)
* 2000: "Comme On A Dit" (Atmosphériques)
* 2005: "A Plus Tard Crocodile" (Atmosphériques)
* 2006: "En concert - Y'a t'il quelqu'un ici ?" (Universal Music)

External links

* [http://www.louiseattaque.com/ Official site]

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