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BANG! EP - Tahiti 80
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RELEASE INFO

LABEL: Human Sounds
RELEASE DATE: 06.10.13
FORMATS: Digital

Band Members

Xavier Boyer:
Pedro Resende:
Medric Gontier:
Sylvain Marchand:
Raphael Leger:

Biography

Tahiti 80 are a French indie pop band from Rouen and Paris. The group was founded in 1993 by Xavier Boyer, Pedro Resende, Médéric Gontier and Sylvain Marchand.

On Bang, Tahiti 80's new EP, the Parisian indie-pop mainstays venture into new territory. The dynamic title track "Bang" is classic Tahiti, with its sweeping chorus, baroque synths and the signature voice of Xavier Boyer. "Piano Theme Park" takes a funky scenic route, with a loping bass, delicate keys and slow groove reminiscent of a dub lounge party. "Call Up" finds the band combining epic dynamics with darker lyrics, dirty guitars, and a bit of late-period New Order gravitas. But in keeping with tradition, the band never forgets to have fun, experimenting with Caribean rhythms a la 10cc ("Middle of Nowhere") and revisiting Italo and late '80s acid house on "Whatever."

Tahiti 80 has been around in various incarnations since the early '90s. They've played with Oasis back in the day, and toured with Of Montreal. With Bang, the band has created a snapshot of where they are today; creatively and personally. "Divorce and separation is definitely a major theme, and that's what I'm experiencing  right now," explains Xavier. "I guess Bang is a way of seeing this situation through a positive angle. Musically it's pretty eclectic and that's what EP's are for. It's ok to surprise the listener, whereas for an album people seem to expect something more concise."

Bang was tracked at the old Vogue studios in Paris where Serge Gainsbourg, The Rolling Stones and Depeche Mode recorded in the '70s and 80's. "The songs from the EP were written over a long period of time, in between shows and tours and while we took a much needed break after our last album," says Xavier. "Bang went through many different makeovers, and we could release an album with all the alternate takes!. It took some time to satisfy our expectations, and we just needed to listen to whatever the songs had to say to us."

While the themes may be heavy, the EP is a non-stop party, with an LP expected for early 2014. Don't be late for the celebration!

Reviews

Gabriel A for TheVenomBlog.com

Parisian indie-pop band Tahiti 80 ventures into new territories in their new EP ‘Bang’. The dynamic title track “Bang" is classic Tahiti, with its sweeping chorus, baroque synths and the signature voice of Xavier Boyer. "Piano Theme Park" takes a funky scenic route, with a loping bass, delicate keys and slow groove reminiscent of a dub lounge party. “Call Up" finds the band combining epic dynamics with darker lyrics, dirty guitars, and a bit of late-period New Order gravitas. But in keeping with tradition, the band never forgets to have fun, experimenting with Caribean rhythms a la 10cc ("Middle of Nowhere") and revisiting Italo and late ’80s acid house on “Whatever."

6th June 2013. Quick Strike for strikerBill.com

what could have been for Tahiti 80.  After all, like their fellow countrymen and music rivals, the Parisian indie-pop quintet (consisting of Xavier Boyer, Pedro Resende, Medric Gontier, Sylvain Marchand, and Raphael Leger) have never missed an opportunity to take advantage of a killer hook or melodic structure.  Now entering their 20th year as a band and with five LPs and a bevy of EPs and singles under their belts, the group is preparing to add to the catalog with their forthcoming Bang EP.

Their first release since 2011′s The Past, The Present, & the Possible, Bang is a compact but very effective powder keg of an EP that offers listeners variations on the sunny, synth-filled indie-pop that has become their staple over the years.  The record’s titular track is an amalgam of everything that the band succeeds most at, opening with Boyer’s airy, pleasantly sweet vocals floating over a bed of baroque-inspired keys.  The bouncy melodies and swaying rhythms shine their brightest during the song’s massive, hook-filled choruses which are resplendent in shimmering washes of synths that .  The end result is a pop song that is fun, wildly infectious, and one that feels perfectly designed for the upcoming Summer.  Naturally, it’s also a song that will leave listeners with even more ‘what if’ thoughts than they came in with.

28th May 2013. Turrtle for EnterTheShell.com

Bang was tracked at the old Vogue studios in Paris where Serge Gainsbourg, The Rolling Stones and Depeche Mode recorded in the ’70s and 80′s. “The songs from the EP were written over a long period of time, in between shows and tours and while we took a much needed break after our last album,” says Xavier. “Bang went through many different makeovers, and we could release an album with all the alternate takes!. It took some time to satisfy our expectations, and we just needed to listen to whatever the songs had to say to us.

26th June 2013. Kevin for TheTruthAboutMusic.com

Just in time for summer, veteran Parisian indie band Tahiti 80 and their easy, breezy brand of pop are back, if “Bang” the first single and title track off their latest EP is any indication.

Featuring a fluid, bouncy bass, full, lush synthesizers, laid back guitars, a sing-along chorus and the smooth vocals of Xaiver Boyer, the song’s carefree vibe is more than bit misleading when you take a closer listen to the lyrics, which like much of the EP, deal with heartbreak and the feelings of fear, confusion and excitement that come with starting over.

“Divorce and separation is definitely a major theme, and that’s what I’m experiencing  right now,” explains Xavier. “I guess Bang is a way of seeing this situation through a positive angle. Musically it’s pretty eclectic and that’s what EP’s are for. It’s ok to surprise the listener, whereas for an album people seem to expect something more concise.”

Xavier said Bang‘s songs were recorded in between shows and tours and during the break the group took after their last album. “Bang went through many different makeovers, and we could release an album with all the alternate takes! It took some time to satisfy our expectations, and we just needed to listen to whatever the songs had to say to us,”  Xavier said.

The band is also working on new album slated for release in early 2014.





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