Posted On 03 Apr 2017
On Saturday, April 1st, the French band, Nouvelle Vague entertained a sold-out crowd at downtown LA’s Regent Theater. This vintage venue (built in 1914) provided the perfect space for this group to showcase their brand of French new wave sound and energy.
Nouvelle Vague is led by musicians Olivier Libaux and Marc Collin. The group’s recordings and live performances have featured a large rotating cast of mostly female vocalists as well.
They returned recently with their bossa nova influenced 80’s sounds on a new album called “I Could Be Happy” out now via Kwaidan Records. This collection is made up of punk and post-punk standards from The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Richard Hell, The Ramones and more. Of course, it’s imbued with the inimitable Nouvelle Vague touch, and also includes the band’s first-ever original compositions featuring a variety of vocalists.
During their Saturday LA show, Nouvelle Vague delighted the crowd with many of these new covers as well as their older favorite covers of Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough”, Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and Dead Kennedy’s “Too Drunk To Funk.”
For roughly 2 hours, Nouvelle Vague put on a sensual and provocative set. Vocalists Elodie Frege, Melanie Pain and Liset Alea dazzled more and more with each song. Every 2 0r 3 numbers, they would switch out who was in the center of the stage singing lead. It was effortless and lovely to see the three of them perform their version of musical chairs.
Since it was the last show of their U.S. tour, Nouvelle Vague was eager to play more music and there was even two encores!
Check out our All Access interview with Nouvelle Vague here- https://music.allaccess.com/nouvelle-vague-discuss-their-first-album-of-new-music-in-6-years-their-upcoming-tour-and-more/