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Sacre Noir Rebels & Loners Tour Summer Tour 2017
Saturday 22nd July 2017
Rebels & Loners launch Party, Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh
+ Very special guests CaveYear & Heart of Orion
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Back in May 2017 we filmed what is set to be the final official Sacre Noir music video for Rebels & Loners (taken from the LP Nothing Falls Apart: Savage Recordings 2016) over a couple of weekends in Dunfermline & Edinburgh.
On Saturday night we held a party at Bannerman’s Bar in Edinburgh to celebrate our final release.

First up on the evening was local electronica act CaveYear. Clinical delivery of clean sounds his set is often ethereal sounding and incredibly ‘cool’. I last saw Arno live last year at our last launch night (A Rhythm Between Work & Sleep @ The Safari Lounge) and his set has developed more of an avant-pop edge, moving away from the shoegaze sounds and indie stylings.
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Next up was American electro-pop duo Heart of Orion. European synth sounds and crispy disco style beats backed up Danielle’s powerful vocal delivery and poignant lyrics. They are only in the UK for a few shows and I was so glad that we were able to have them support us in Edinburgh.
They are playing at The Fiddler’s Elbow on July 31st so if you’re in London looking for a fun Monday night gig – check them out!
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After that we played all 6 videos finishing up with the launch of Rebels and Loners, before our headline set for the evening.
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It was an emotional night; many tears, lots of hugs and memories and a fair amount of booze and much dancing / singing was the order of the evening.
Bringing the talents of stylist Erin Culley into the team for one last shoot, we also recruited models / actresses Lyndsey B (who has featured in each of our 6 official video releases) and Emma T (who allowed us to feature her beautiful daughter in this video too) as well as young actress Aimie M (whose mum Lorraine was our assistant stylist for this shoot) and the wonderfully talented dancer Lisa Richie.
We also worked with a fantastic young dance troupe who are based at The Alhambra Stage And Dance School and their choreographer Lauren Brown.

Musically delicate with lyrics that focus on dealing with personal difficulties; loss, depression and anxiety, this minimalist slice of down-tempo electronica is a fitting goodbye from Sacre Noir. There is a background focus within the lyrics which looks at the fear of memory loss and the difficulties of thinking, problem-solving or communication that come with Alzheimer’s disease.

Inspired by stories from those directly affected by these issues, the accompanying video leans on visual metaphors to ask, “what if there are no more goodbyes”? We were keen to drive forward our final visual work using ideas of unconsciousness and dream interpretations as is common with David Lynch’s work. The dark and mysterious films we create communicate draw upon these concepts with a modern clinical approach to discussing psychological issues, especially those around psychosis.  As Alzheimer’s progresses, problems with memory loss, communication, reasoning and orientation become more severe. Some people start to believe things that are untrue (delusions) and can see or hear things which are not actually there (hallucinations), similar to those who suffer with schizophrenia and psychosis.

People are like balloons – sometimes they pop.
Balloons pop because the air on the inside is at a higher pressure than the air on the outside; it’s skin is pulling inwards like and elastic tension.
I think sometimes we can all feel like were about to burst – the world around us brings stress and fear and uncertainty to all and the pressure can often feel like it’s too much.
In many circles balloons symbolize letting go of your worries & fears; the balloon is a focused mental state. White balloons can indicate a time of spiritual enlightenment while the black balloon is a suggestion that through hardship and depression will come a better resolution.

With the recent suicidal deaths from within our industry (Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington) there is an increased call for all areas to increase awareness surrounding mental health issues and a hope that those who feel they have nowhere else to turn will find very clear signs pointing to those who are able to offer support & comfort, if nothing else.
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Sunday 23rd July 2017
Brunch @ Art and Vintage, Edinburgh
Last full day in Edinburgh before heading off on tour was spent as always finishing off the merchandise preparation and tour promotion, however we did find time to pop into our favourite brunch spot in Edinburgh for a coffee and a little quiet time to gather our thoughts (and finalise the kitty-sitting rota for summer).
Welcomed by the patrons Paul and Toni (who are good friends) we settled into the comfy seats with coffees in hand and remembered to breathe; filled in some bullet journal boxes, avoided buying any of the art (a new exhibition has just started and it included some interesting pieces) and started to reflect on the previous evening’s show / look forward to tomorrow’s journey south.

Monday 24th July 2017
London part 1
This time last year we were arriving back in Edinburgh having just finished our 2016 tour – a year later we’ve only just begun.
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We were pleased to have arranged an afternoon departing train to London this year as usually we end up getting cheap tickets which involves the early trains / planes but today we had loads of time to get ready and spend some extra time with the kitty before heading off for 3 weeks of gigs and promotional activities.

As our set-up is vastly reduced this year (acoustic guitar, KP3+ and VE-20 loop pedal plus mics only this year) we seem to be travelling light and getting around London feels much easier than previous years.

We had no problems with transport at all – Waverley to Euston, then across the city to our hotel in Earl’s Court (an area we fell in love with last year) before heading out for something to eat and an early night, ready to take London by storm the next day.

We decided on Franco Manca for our first meal in London this year; organic pizza and fancy juices… just what the travel doctor ordered.

COMING UP
27TH JULY NXI presents Red Tape Riot live at The New Cross Inn
29TH JULY BugBear Promotions presents JD Kelleher live at The Dublin Castle
 

Friday 7th July 2017: Gig 1: Sketchy Beats Cafe, Edinburgh
Thursday 12th July 2017: Secret Gig: video preview party, Dunfermline

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Summer has arrived and we have a brand new video to share with you all soon.
We’re all booked up with summer shows in Paris and London, and have even booked in a couple of shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

First show of this year’s summer season was at Sketchy Beats Cafe’s The Hip Hop House; a great run by WERD (SOS) on two levels.
Downstairs there is hip-hop sets and battles whilst upstairs it is live bands & singer-songwriter sessions… we were on upstairs and played a low-key guitar/vocal set featuring a new cover we’ve been working on recently.
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It’s always a great night with a wide range of acts, all in support of the community run space in Leith, Edinburgh.
Hayley G (Devils in Skirts) were also playing and they provided the wee PA, mixer, mic stands etc.
We only managed to see a wee bit of their set (as we were both busy the next day with boring work stuff and aimed to catch the last bus home), but they were  sounding tight and as always the crowd were loving their set.

Then after a couple of days sorting out tracks for the aways shows we found time to rehearse with guitarist Phil at ColorSound studios.
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Finally, we took a trip over to Dunfermline to have a little preview party / gig for the under 18’s who’ve been involved with the new video.
A good friend and promoter (Cob) helped with the venue, PA / lights etc. and the kids brought friends and family along to check out their work.
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5 of our under 18’s are the ASDS senior dance troupe who we filmed for way back at the start of May ’17.
The other two are fantastic young actresses & models who are friends of the SN family.

We had a lovely evening sharing the video as well as some behind the scenes footage and images. We also played a wee live gig for the kids which they seemed to enjoy and think we may have made a few new fans in their parents too.

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UP NEXT:
At the end of May we spent some time finishing the filming for our final music video and we’re having the launch party at Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh on Saturday 22nd July 2017 with very special guests Heart Of Orion (USA) and CaveYear (Edinburgh). `

Sacre Noir / Heart of Orion / CaveYear – Event Link

They say never meet your heroes (or heroines) but in June we did just that and could not have had a better time if we were trying.
Chrysta Bell arrived in Edinburgh for two nights at The Voodoo Rooms as part of her ‘We Dissolve’ tour and Sacre Noir were honoured to be the support act for both shows.

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For those who don’t already know Chrysta Bell, let me introduce you to the most enigmatic lady I’ve ever met.
Having spent the last 17 years working closely with David Lynch (a huge inspiration for everything we do with Sacre Noir), Chrysta Bell and her band are now promoting a new LP filled with lo-fi lush soundscapes, polished musicianship and stunning vocals.

“As background atmospheric sounds play through the PA, Bell takes to the stage, tall, elegant and mysterious. Immediately, she holds the attention of the audience. Some singers have excellent technical voices, while some performers have real presence. Bell combines both, in one, gorgeous package.” – Kenny Mathieson @ http://theweereview.com/review/chrysta-bell/

The Voodoo Rooms is a beautiful venue in the heart of Edinburgh (just off Princes Street), and although we have played in their smaller Speakeasy venue a few times in a previous musical life (Guantanmo Bay band circa 2006), we have never had the pleasure of playing in their main ballroom before.
“Lavishly decorated in blacks, golds and reds, The Voodoo Rooms is making the most of the neo-burlesque and retro chic movements currently in vogue and attracts a young and hip clientele as a result.” – Edinburgh Spotlight (2009-17)

As this was a really important gig for us, our friends and collaborators came out to support.
On both evenings Erin Culley re-created the make-up/styling from our forth-coming video. There are 2 looks in the new video ‘Rebels & Loners’, one pure and the other dark… we went for the striking black scatter eye with long vintage gown and black feather cape.

#SNY was also on hand both evenings to  provide some video / photo / social media support. As always it was a joy working with him (and great to catch up after his recent succesful debut exhibition of portrait photography).
He really a fantastically creative individual, who we are extremely lucky to count amongst our friends and supporters. Responsible for our Listen To Me video & promotional images for 2015, he set up our first ever Sacre Noir Facebook Live videos (some of these may have been about chips… I did say he was ‘individual’ and that’s why we love him!) and too some captured some fab images during both evenings.

We treated these gigs as our own ‘pre-tour warm up’ shows and tried out the new duo set-up (acoustic guitar, loop vocals with the Boss VE-20 and samples / fx from the Korg Kaoss Pad 3+).
You can check out a live video from the set on our YouTube channel.
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The audience on both evenings were very positive and the feedback was lovely. Most common comment was “the electronic stuff was really cool”… so I think we’ll add a few more looped tracks to the set for some of the London & Paris shows.

Chrysta’s set on both evenings was inspirational.
The band are super talented (Jon Sanchez – guitar, Christopher Smart – bass / theremin, Jayson Altman – drums) and apparently just finding their feet with their live show (I’d love to see what their version of perfection is if it’s not the show they gave us in Edinburgh).
We were treated to tracks from both previous LPs written and recorded with David Lynch (This Train & Somewhere In The Nowhere) as well as tracks from her brand new LP (We Dissolve) and even an unreleased track called “Undertow” – think Wicked Game with lush female vocals and a bit of a sultry beat.

The new LP ‘We Dissolve’ has been produced by John Parish who is known for his work with PJ Harvey & features Adrian Utley of Portishead & Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O))), so you can see why we were keen to pay attention during these shows; we’re always learning ‘on the job’ and this was a show where I feel I learned a lot!
Stagecraft, live production, style and songwriting, set delivery and so much more; it really was a masterclass as far as I’m concerned & I feel honoured to have been part of these very special nights.
I think one of my favourite tracks was “Monday”: here’s a link to her playing it live exactly 1 month after her 2nd night at The Voodoo Rooms.

These will be nights that will live long in our memories – #catchingthebigfish

SIDE NOTE: Chrysta Bell’s website is beautiful and well worth checking out

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It has been a wonderful start to 2017 as far as music goes here at SNHQ.

Feb. 2017
VIDEO published on 8 Feb 2017Too Dark to See by Sacre Noir live at Au Chat Noir

March 2017
VIDEO published on 1 Mar 2017 – Untitled by Antonia Alexandra Klimenko with Sacre Noir live at Au Chat Noir

Released March 31, 2017
1st EP of remixes by h.honda & corner of alternating (dejine:rec), UVBeatz and D.Soul the Soulsamurai.


All tracks copyright sacre noir / savage recordings 2017.
All original versions of tracks available on the Sacre Noir LP Nothing Falls Apart (Savage Recordings / 2016).

April 2017
Phil became a dad! Abigail arrived in April and mum, dad and baby are doing well!
All out love to the family Lock

VIDEO published on 27 Apr 2017 – Ovejas Eléctricas – Sin Título

Gig on 29th April at Henry’s Cellar Bar supporting Vinna Bee alongside CC Bloom presented by Mellow Promotions.

May 2017
VIDEO published on 21 May 2017Sacre Noir ‘A Rhythm Between Work & Sleep’ music video / behind the scenes

May 28th – filming of Rebels & Loners video @ The Wee Theatre, Edinburgh.
Special thanks to:
Stylist Erin Culley & Lorraine C for make-up assistance.
Our acting team Emma & Niamh, Lyndsey & Aimie – you all did an amazing job!
The team at ASDS (Lauren B – choreography, Callum F – admin, Gavin – general support and the senior dance troupe Sarah M, Sarah P, Kenzie, Francesca & Dana)
Release date is set for 22nd July at Bannerman’s bar, Edinburgh – details on the Facebook page.
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Released May 31st, 2017
A second EP of remixes by HYS, sonarr and Sonic (all dejine-rec) plus the Savage Sound System.

All tracks copyright sacre noir / savage recordings 2017.
All original versions of tracks available on the Sacre Noir LP Nothing Falls Apart (Savage Recordings / 2016).

 

Day off in London: 17th July 2015
We got up early and headed out for coffee then took a walk along to Pitshanger Park – Alexis was looking much brighter and feeling much better.
As we didn’t really have any plans for the day we took some advice from our host and headed out to the Kings Road in the afternoon. The goal was lunch at the Mona Lisa an excellent Italian café in the heart of Chelsea, which has a reputation for delivering fantastic classic dishes with great service and at a great price. The Mona Lisa Café did not disappoint at all, it was just as Joe (our host) had described.

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We were welcomed with a big smile, served huge plates of food and charged a very small amount of money for the pleasure. I had the classic Penne Arabiata and Alexis had grilled sardines – we left with full bellies and wandered in the general direction of Battersea Park. I don’t remember anyone ever saying “you should visit Battersea Park when you’re in London” and I have no idea why not… it was beautiful (and a lot more quiet than Hyde or Holland Park). A peace pagoda sits quietly towards one end of the embankment, glistening in gold and black against the setting sun. There is a large water feature, a zoo (albeit a small one I’d imagine) cafes and colourful gardens.

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In the evening we sat out in the garden at Ealing Towers discussing music and the future of Sacre Noir. Joe suggested we find a manager to take things on to the next level. As a young photographer and graphic designer Joe worked with everyone who was anyone in the music business (Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath etc) and so has always had a keen interest music. He feels we make music that is very accessible and not as weird or avant garde as we might like to think.
There is no harm in hocking the new LP around I suppose and see what sticks (ideally a nice little sync for one of the tracks and an increased PRS cheque would be nice). As the darkness grew thicker the night-time insects come out to play and it was time to retire for the evening as tomorrow the time would come for us to leave one great city in favour of another; Paris.

London to Paris: 18th July 2015
At last, the day has come when we get to go back to my favourite city, Paris.
We had an early start so we could fit in coffee, some final packing, chatting with Joe & one more walk in Pitshanger Park before we made our way to St Pancras International. It has seemed like a whirlwind stop in London this time but as always we have loved discovering new areas & we plan to be back before the end of 2015 to help promote the new LP so it is only au revoir.

Leaving London it was about 22 degrees – arriving in Paris it was closer to 27 degrees… this is how to do summer weather.

We have an apartment in the 20th arrondissement for our visit this summer, right next to Pere Lachaise and just 10 minutes walk from the venue for the 1st of our 2 Paris shows at Le Gambetta.
The cosmopolitan districts of Ménilmontant and Belleville are filled with patisseries, charcuteries, boulangeries, fromageries and a much more besides, many of the area’s finest foodie spots seem to be on our little (or not so little) street.

Rooftop view from 20th Arr. Paris

We arrived in Paris to find the METRO system in disarray; line 5 ‘ferme’, lines 3 & 4 seemed to have just stopped (with no explanation that we could decipher) and other lines were so over-crowded it was not even worth thinking about trying to join their platforms; a taxi it was then.

After getting into the apartment and unpacking / checking the equipment, we headed out for some food, a wander round the area & a late night coffee (well when in Paris huh). We’re really looking forward to the show with Mettani & Appalache, so popped into the venue to say “hi “and make sure they had flyers / promo material. It’s a 150 capacity venue but is filled with sofas and comfortable chairs. It has cheap beer on tap and some very pricey wine behind the counter. Le Gambetta Club seems to offer something for everyone & we’re pretty sure that we’re going love this place. Plus they have live music almost every night & a booker with a great attitude and joie de vivre.
J’dore Paris.

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NEXT GIG:                 Sunday 19th July 2015 @ Le Gambetta 4 Euro from 8pm
PLAYING WITH:         Appalache & Mettani
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We decided to only play 1 show in London this year & we were really pleased to be invited to play a showcase gig at The New Cross Inn. Unfortunately when we woke up it was clear Alexis wasn’t going to make this one as he was feeling sick (nothing major just a dodgy tummy), but as a consequence tonight’s gig was going to have be a solo show.
Katy, the promoter at NXI was really supportive and was still keen for there to be a Sacre Noir set on the night, plus friends still planned to come down and see the show, so as the old saying goes “the show must go on”.
I set off from our base at Ealing around 4.30pm. Perhaps I over estimated the journey time just a little, but travelling on my own and knowing my inability to follow a map, I felt sure I’d get lost at some point and thought “better safe than sorry”. So after a couple of underground line changes and a short trip on the over-ground system, I found myself in New Cross. The venue for tonight’s show sits opposite the world famous Goldsmith’s College and the area was buzzing with hip, young, creative types. There was an open evening at Goldsmith’s, (invitations to the gathering with free beer and snacks were abundant) the sun was shining and everyone seemed to be out in the streets, drinking and laughing and enjoying the early evening sunshine. Chalkboard at The New Cross Inn

I declined the offer to party with the cool kids and decided to go straight to the venue to have a drink whilst waiting for friends and catching up on some reading. The barmaid was Scottish & I immediately felt more relaxed; she got me a drink and swapped my Scottish notes for English ones as apparently Scottish tender is still a bugbear of many shop-keepers in London, perhaps more so since the referendum. Last time we were in London there was so much chat about the Scottish referendum. This year, nothing! Not a word about politics from anyone. This seemed very odd to me as the topic seems to have disappeared completely in London, which is in stark contrast to the continued engagement in Scotland.
Before the show I chatted with the guitarist from The Vintage Society about booking gigs and the London music scene, made friends with the local punters, got new lyrical ideas from a nice man called Olli and then my friends showed up (thank you guys). As great as it is to make new friends it’s always so great to catch up with old mates you don’t get to see as often as you’d like. And these guys are very great friends who have made the effort to come see up play in London for the last 3 years. We chatted about life, holidays, new jobs and cars, reminisced about mutual friends, gigs and weddings as well as discussing the cuteness of the children in our lives (some peoples ears must have been burning: Sadia). Some other friends showed up & before I knew it the time had come for me to take to the stage and deliver a solo Sacre Noir show.

Sacre Noir (photo by Lisa Duncan)

Aside from a couple of minor technical difficulties, everything seemed to go pretty well. It felt very unusual being onstage without Alexis (it’s odd enough without Phil these days TBH). No-one to make eye contact with or to share those live moments that you can only really share with band members. No-one to bounce off for energy & no-one to give me a knowing ‘it’s cool’ smile when things go wrong. The set wasn’t perfect but no-one seemed to mind too much and everyone was full of praise afterwards. The new tracks went down particularly well and the final track in the set “She Stands Tall” got the best reaction by far. With the addition of live Kaoss Pad synth and atmospheric noises I think it provided a moment of difference / interest in the set.

The line up of bands that the promoter had put together was very good indeed. 1st up were the very young looking Kaleidos Eye, a new 4-piece band from London. Fresh faced and perhaps a little nervous they opened up the night & powered their way though a set of pretty catchy original tracks, but it was their chosen cover that seemed to win over the most fans; a version of Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks. Kaleidos Eye
The Vintage Society are a relatively new 3-piece (guitar, vocals, drums) based in London, and despite having only played a handful of shows before this event, they delivered a really strong set. Bryony (vocals) has a current yet old-soul sound to her vocals, and her on-stage banter was maybe limited to a few introductions and comments but they were funny and warm and if I hadn’t already been loving their style this would have won me over for sure. Musically I loved their sound and will definitely be spreading the word about their FREE EP. Hopefully we’ll meet again one day, maybe even some gig swaps in the future. The Vintage Society
The headline act of the night were The Tinun’s from France. Just a duo for their London shows but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, especially when you are as cool as these two Paris-based ladies. The Tinun's
I didn’t get a chance to chat to them on the night and had to rush of for a tube at the end of the night, but their set was super confident and I’m sure they’ve made some new fans in the UK aside from myself. They reminded me a little bit of The White Stripes, not just because they were a guitar/vocal & drums duo, but more due to the repetitive nature of their tracks, simple pounding drum parts and driving guitar riffs. It was understated and not the kind of music I think many of the locals were expecting to hear from two delicate French girls. Just goes to show you should never judge a book by its cover.

I made it back to Ealing before 1am and Alexis seemed better… A good night’s sleep and we’d be ready to face the world again.

NEXT GIG:                 Sunday 19th July 2015 @ Le Gambetta 4 Euro from 8pm
PLAYING WITH:         Appalache & Mettani Poster for Le Gambetta, Paris EVENT PAGE

Friday 22nd August – Elvis Shakespeare, Edinburgh
Rounding up to the tour we decided to play a show at our favourite record shop in Edinburgh – Elvis Shakespeare on the last Friday of this year’s Fringe. Elvis Shakespeare have always been very supportive; both Michael & Dave are always positive with local bands and were very open to having our friends from Paris play in store too.

Last show of the tour @ Elvis Shakespeare, Edinburgh

Last show of the tour @ Elvis Shakespeare, Edinburgh


Thanks to everyone who came along and to Michelle & Victor for coming all the way from Paris and sharing their music with us.
Michelle Blades @ Elvis Shakespeare, Edinburgh

Michelle Blades @ Elvis Shakespeare, Edinburgh


AlexisSs @ Elvis Shakespeare, Edinburgh

AlexisSs @ Elvis Shakespeare, Edinburgh


What started as a lovely day weather wise (we took Michelle & Victor for a walk up Arthur’s Seat), soon descended into a grey afternoon with heavy rain showers so after the show we headed home. Typical Edinburgh weather meant that before too long the rain had cleared to we went for a walk to Portobello before heading home again to have some food and watch the BBC documentary ‘Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill’ which was great!
Michelle & Victor at Portobello Beach, Edinburgh

Michelle & Victor at Portobello Beach, Edinburgh