Le Peuple de l'Herbe

Lyon, France

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Undoubtedly one of the most emblematic bands of the past ten years ! The key ingredients to the evidently deserved, perfectly assumed success of the band are the desire to break musical barriers (hip-hop? break beat? rock and roll energy and powerful machines?), a formidable stage presence at the smallest underground club or the hugest popular festivals, true artistic autonomy (the supadope factory, a laboratory/studio dedicated to the Peuple, and a politicized, yet subtle intention. Music Stakhanovites could be another definition for this people of hardworking activists: sound system and deejaying (the sound of Le Peuple) unearthing talents through label Supadope often gives back the very best to the cause: a beautiful collective adventure born in the little bars bordering the slopes of the Croix Rousse. A band that does not know the meaning of concession or frustration, a group that sees, ten years on, an ambitious new album and a fantastic never-ending tour…

A Quick history lesson:

Created in 1997 by DJ Pee and DJ Stani, the DJ/machines duet is rapidly joined by drummer Psychostick and trumpetist N’zeng. After two tracks for the original soundtrack of Virginie Despente’s motion picture ‘Baise Moi’, and first album ‘Triple Zero’ (which receives a warm welcome from the press and the public), the foursome sets off on an attack of the French stages armed with their crossbreeding of genres (in other words, the fusion of influences, tastes and instruments of each member at the service of an implacable stage energy and redoubtable crossover tracks). The band’s image is soon affined through strong visuals and imagery. 2002 sees the release of second album ‘ph test two’, which is marked by the cataclysmic irruption of English rapper JC001 (whose human heat box becomes indispensable in the concerts of the Peuple) reinforcing the initial idea of knocking over style barriers. The delicate alchemy works optimally: amusing sampling, DJing, neo hip-hop, cinematic killings, ferocious instrumentals, surprising electro… but makes it difficult – almost impossible – to define the band’s music. The public grows with each concert of the incendiary Lyonnais, and the band regularly plays on European stages and in the great summer festivals. 2004 ‘Cube’ confirms a perfect musical and aesthetic success. It epitomizes the subtle balance between rampant pressure, urban anger and an implacable groove… assuredly the music of its era: nervous and terribly efficient. 2005 sees the first change of lineup with as Spagg replaces DJ Stani being replaced by Spagg (a long-time partner trained at the school of the Young Gods) at the machines. He toured with Le Peuple from 2002, signed the guitar arrangements on ‘Parkside Souvenir’ and ‘Ph Test Two’, and opened the Dope Beats Vol. 1 compilation with his side project Yokohama zen rocks. Very soon, he foun his footing on stage. He will be a determining element to the elaboration of the ‘Radio Blood Money’ process.

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