French experimental rock trio Hifiklub and Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum collaborate for a dreamy, trance-like, unanticipated spoken words filled album. Titled Things That Were Lost in the Fire, this collaborative album will be out on 16th October through Dreamy Life Records (USA / formats: cassette and CD) and Toolong Records (Rest of the world, distributed by Differ-Ant / formats: vinyl and CD).
Hifiklub and Roddy Bottum met by chance in New York City when the versatile trio from Toulon was working on its album and film In Doubt, Shadow Him! alongside Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth).
A few months later, the band got together with Bottum to compose a single for a project as a tribute to American poetess Emily Dickinson. This first musical collaboration inspired both parties to embark on a more extended project together. After a handful of rehearsals, Hifiklub poured their impulsive desire to create the rhythmic and melodic foundations of nine original songs, plus a unique cover of “Eye of the Tiger” (Survivor). In a single day session, they recorded these instrumental compositions in the basement of an old, dingy nightclub.
The resulting sound was undeniably influenced by their underground workspace: the tight trance-like pop that resonated through these walls was something quite different from Hifiklub’s previous experimental tracks.
A transatlantic flight later, Roddy Bottum found himself on the French Riviera, in Saint-Aygulf to be precise. Caught in the spontaneous flow of the recorded tracks, the Faith No More keyboardist wrote new arrangements and texts that led the compositions into an other-worldly dimension. Bottum’s voice and spoken words — unpredictable, deep, and melancholic — add a dark, sensual vibe to this project that is further accentuated by Anthony Belguise’s modern artistic direction.
Cassette & CD: https://dreamyliferecords.bandcamp.com/album/things-that-were-lost-in-the-fire
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Collaboration is an essential ingredient to this open trio’s creative approach, forming a recurring theme in Hifiklub’s extensive discography and filmography. Based in Toulon, the hyperactive experimental rock band offer a diverse, ever-evolving catalog that now boasts over 150 artist collaborations since they started in 2006. Over the years, they have formed as many fruitful artistic friendships allowing them to explore the endless possibilities of expression combining sound, image, and text.
Some of the artists featured in Hifiklub’s kaleidoscopic discography: Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Eleven), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), The Legendary Tigerman, Jad Fair (Half Japanese), Jean-Marc Montera, R. Stevie Moore, André Jaume, Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), Fatso Jetson, Jérôme Casalonga, Lula Pena, Scanner, Jean-Michel Bossini, Mike Cooper, Eugene Chadbourne, Duke Garwood…
Permanent members of Hifiklub:
Pascal Abbatucci Julien – drums, percussion
Jean-Loup Faurat – guitar, effects
Régis Laugier – bass, vocals
Born in 1963 in the USA.
Composer, keyboardist, guitarist, and singer
Roddy Bottum is an American musician, best-known internationally as the keyboardist of the band Faith No More. As well as leading the band Imperial Teen and composing movie scores, Bottum wrote his first opera in more recent years, entitled Sasquatch: The Opera.