“Raw, garage-tinged post-punk with a double helping of swagger” – The Line of Best Fit
“…marries garage rock’s raw urgency with post-punk’s moody melodies, drawing from influences as eclectic as Danzig and INXS” – Death + Taxes
L’Amour Bleu have released a new track and video from their debut album Please – PRESS HEREto watch via Northern Transmissions! In the darkly sensual video, L’Amour Bleu is joined by drag performer Jimmy Brenner, designer Misha Kahn, actor Allison LaPlatney, artist Cara Benedetto and more of their frequent creative collaborators. Please will be released this Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017 via Static Recital.
“We wanted the video to trace the transformation from heartbreak to flaming self-confidence,” L’Amour Bleu said of the video’s inspiration. “We wanted to work with a diverse cast of friends to do so, including collaborator and muse Jimmy Brenner, a New York City drag performer. He played dual roles: nervous blonde vixen and brunette goth power vamp. All of the characters in the video deal in and suffer from mixed signals, emotional sabotage and romantic decay before finally blending into one, a person, who after carrying the baggage of lost love has found the will to release it, to recover from codependence. ‘Are you frustrated? Are you ready to be?'”
Founded by drummer Matt Tong (Bloc Party, Algiers) and guitarist/vocalist Ryan Schaefer (Palms), L’Amour Bleu‘s unbridled, avant-garde riff-rock challenges traditional limits of music and performance with a distinctly New York aesthetic. Working between studios in Midtown Manhattan and Sunnyside, Queens, the group’s early tracks saw the addition of art director and exhibitionist performer, Shane Ruth (Baby) and guitarist/bassist E.A. Ireland. L’Amour Bleu’s performances eschew conventionalism, involving raucous improvisational collaborations with artists such as Stanley Love, Delia Gonzalez and samurai dancer Takemi Kitamura in spaces ranging from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland to feted Bushwick rave-hole Bossa Nova Civic Club.
Named for the historical textbook of male sensuality from 1978, L’Amour Bleu explore emotional voyeurism through the aesthetics of masculine desire, rebuilding soft centers with faded color swatches of sadness, rage, frustration and ambivalence with a corrupt, orgiastic pastiche of decadent pop and beyond.