JOHN CARPENTER: “I know this French band that is pretty good. They’re called Zombie Zombie. They’re a techno band I think” / “Je connais un groupe en France qui fait un truc que j’aime bien, ils s’appellent Zombie Zombie. C’est un groupe de techno, je crois”.
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Zombie Zombie is a French trio made up of Etienne Jaumet on analog synths, Cosmic Neman (who also plays with Herman Dune) and Doc Shonberg, both on drums and percussion.
Zombie Zombie go back to 2005 and their first album “A Land for Renegades”. In 2010 their album “Zombie Zombie plays John Carpenter”, which saw them solely tackle the works of film score composer John Carpenter in new and different ways was a big succes. This time round they’ve taken a different tack heading into the studio with Joakim on production duties for their third album proper, “Rituels d’un Nouveau Monde” (‘Rituals Of A New World’).
The crazyest news: In October 2103, Lady Gaga sampled the band and their cover of Sun-Ra’s “Rocket #9″ in her new song ‘Venus”! Read more about it on SPIN.
“Best French Band” Vice
File under Krautrock, Can, Neu!, Suicide, Silver Apples…
New album in March: With Zombie Zombie‘s well known taste for movie soundtracks, it’s no surprise that the band had been chosen to compose the original soundtrack of Narimane Mari’s movie Loubia Hamra. More info on the tracklisting and the release dates below. The band will perform the premier of this cinemix in Paris in March.
April 26th to May 11th: US Tour including Austin Psyche Festival and Psycho de Mayo Festival (Santa Ana, CA)
ZOMBIE ZOMBIE tours as a trio but is also available for shows with…:
Zombie Zombie Lune-Argent Ensemble. On May 18th 2013, at Festival Villette Sonique, Cité de la Musique, Paris, Zombie Zombie played a special creation : “Zombie Zombie Lune-Argent Ensemble” featuring guests musicians. Line up was: Etienne Jaumet (synths), Cosmi Neman (drums/percussions), Dr. Schonberg (drums/percussions), Joakim (synths), Yaya Herman Dune (guitar), Romain Turzi (guitar/effects), Emmanuelle Parrenin (voice, hurdy gurdy), Flop(Brasilian percussions), Vincent Mougel (bass), Louis Laurain (trumpet), Pierre Borel (baryton sax). Sound by Raphaelle Seguin, Lights by Yossi Derhi.
Une très belle interview sur ce projet chez Popnews. Les Inrocks ont vu le concert. Photos du concert. Video
Nice live video at Mr Wong, Brussels, 2013
RITUELS D’UN NOUVEAU MONDE IS HERE!
THE NEW ALBUM OUT ON OCTOBER 22nd 2012:
Back in 2010, French musician Etienne Jaumet released a deliciously creepy album in the form of Night Music. Now, he’s teamed up with fellow Frenchmen Herman Dune as Zombie Zombie, and the group will release an album, Rituels d’un Nouveau Monde, on November 19 via Versatile. The loopy, hypnotic synth work contained within “Illuminations” represents the second single from the LP. Pitchfork
On this year when all the prophecies are to be fulfilled, Zombie Zombie releases a new album on Versatile Records, entitled “Rituels d’un Nouveau Monde” (“Rituals of a New World”) – with its French title a desire to affirm their “French Touch”!
Behind this mysterious title, the band offers a vast program, no frills, but the urge to take a new direction in their instrumental music after their masterful 2010 effort at horror movies music (“Zombie Zombie plays John Carpenter”).
At the helm, Etienne Jaumet (synthesizers, analog modular drum machines, effects, vox) and Cosmic Neman (drums, percussion, vox, rototoms, bongos, maracas, tambourine…) and the French electro-wizard Joakim behind the controls in his own alaogic studio “Labyrinth” in Paris. A dream studio where analogue synths rub shoulders with top notch hardware. The engineering talents of Joakim plus his knowledge of music served to the best the compositions of the band.
The album was recorded last spring between Etienne and Neman tours with their other projects: solo for Etienne (“Night Music” album, produced by Carl Craig!), Herman Dune for Cosmic Neman.
Although the album title should not be too seriously, it evokes the idea of talking about the spiritual language of music and its magic: the trance achieved through the sound and rhythm, as found primarily in African and Caribbean traditions, where the “ritual” is the procedure to get in touch with a supernatural state – the “New World”, the world-beyond that Zombie Zombie seek to achieve through their hypnotic music.
Hear 2 remix from the band’s new EP, ”Rocket Number 9′, out July 2012:
The band is touring with a 2nd drummer: Dr Schonberg (Antilles, Berg Sans).
Two live videos shot at the amazing Paris show on October 27 2012:
The new video:
Zombie Zombie live 2011
The famous GI-Joe video directed by Simon Gesrel and Xavier Ehretsmann
Live on French TV, October 2010
Z Z talk:
“Zombie Zombie” (EP / 6 tracks)
Boomboomtchak Records, 2006
“Driving this Road until Death sets you free” (EP / 2 tracks)
Versatile Records, 2007 – VER053
“A Land for Renegades” (LP / CD)
Versatile Records, 2007 – VERLP019 / CD019
“Dog Walker” (EP 3 tracks)
Versatile Records, 2008 – VER061
“Zombie Zombie plays John Carpenter” (LP / CD / 6 tracks)
Versatile Records, 2010 – VER069CD
“Nothing to Say/DreamBaby Dream” (single)
Pop In, 2011 – PIROO3
JANUARY 2012: Zombie Zombie are one of the artists selected by Mojo to cover one of the songs of New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies. ZZ recorded The Beach, which is already the instrumental version of the huge classic hit “Blue Monday”.
New Album “Rituels d’un Nouveau Monde” out on October 22 2012 (Versatile) VERCD026
The Beach (New Order cover) An exclusive free gift for ITunes pre order of “Rituels D’un Nouveau Monde”. Pre order from october 8th 2012 (France) & October 29th 2012 (Worldwide)
Single, “Illuminations” VERCD026 , Jan 2013
Loubia Hamra original movie soundtrack March 2014
ZOMBIE ZOMBIE est aidé par la SACEM, le CNV, le FCM et le Bureau Export
PRESS FOR RITUELS:
Interview en novembre 2012
Rituels Track by Track by Etienne dans Pop News