[Live Report] The Psychotic Monks & Doherty / Lo at the Cultural Box Festival: the dog and the tsunami…

Yesterday evening, on the beautiful stage of the Cirque d’Hiver, the Psychotic Monks once again made an impressive show of strength, just after a successful family evening organized by the two friends, Peter Doherty and Frédéric Lo.

The Psychotic Monks at Cirque d’Hiver – Photo: Eric Debarnot

A wonderful program at the Caja de la Cultura Festival, which makes the two planned evenings almost unmissable… although we regret the choice of a “seated” room such as the sumptuous Cirque d’hiver for this type of group. Let’s do good against bad luck, at least we won’t be pushed around tonight! Therefore, the artists play on the central (round) court, with the public in the stands around them, which will in fact allow interesting interactions…

2022 05 12 Lulu Van Trap Winter Circus7:30 p.m.: … a potential that will be well used Lulu Van Trapp : while the material occupies only part of the track, Rebecca, the singer, will quickly occupy the entire space, in contact with the spectators, followed by the France TV cameras… Later, the group, sitting on the outskirts, will offer us an acoustic piece “like at home”, which will be perhaps the most interesting moment of the set. Otherwise, the remaining 55 minutes to Lulu Van Trapp It will allow them to explore the different facets of a varied repertoire: from good-natured, danceable rock to torch songs sung like a soul diva -Rebeca has a truly impressive voice- through “love songs” that favor sweetness. The biggest fantasy of the group tonight is in their clothing, it’s spectacular by the way: beret and kilt for Max, red and yellow plastic suit for Rebecca (whose top will have to be removed due to the high temperature…). Whatever your opinion of the band’s sometimes irregular music, you have to admire it. Lulu Van Trapp for the way in which they will be able to take the public with them, whose enthusiasm will grow throughout the set. Happiness !

2022 05 12 Doherty Lo Winter Circus

8:55 p.m.: they tell us that the initially planned program is going to be reversed, and now it is the turn of Peter Doherty Y Frederick underthat will play us all his magnificent album, The fantastic life of poetry and crime. They are accompanied by a string quartet, which has a real added value in the pieces where it intervenes, and Pete even brought his dog! Which in itself is a real first (… the first time we see a dog on stage during a rock concert!)… The evening will clearly be under the sign of friendship, family, but also simplicity. under Y Doherty throw themselves well, with a lot of affection… They will even end up dancing together!

2022 05 12 Doherty Lo Winter CircusMusically, it is very beautiful, what songs! – and flawed enough that the emotion is still present in the cracks of the music. Doherty she sings magnificently badly, with that almost childish voice of a wounded poet that reaches the heart: she is a delight. When the album is finished, the concert closes with some Doherty songs, including the superb Salome (whose under He claims that she criticized him when he first heard it!). The ending will remain in the jovial and relaxed register, in the relaxed country of for lovers. The dog barks, a little startled by the torrents of applause and shouts from the audience. 1h05 of singular magic, emanated both from the charisma of Doherty that the quality of the compositions of under : a winning duo.

It is already 10:30 p.m. when the quartet of The psychotic monks attacks its stage, and the Cirque d’hiver unfortunately, but logically, has emptied itself well for our loved ones. But those who remain KNOW, or have friends who KNOW and have warned them. First we are surprised by the appearance of the quartet, each of the musicians has adopted an original look, even a little whimsical (the bassist’s platform boots, the drummer’s sequined face…) that brings a pleasant touch of lightness and humor. to the band But don’t worry, the tsunami psychotic monks will engulf us again: despite the distance created by the configuration of the Cirque d’Hiver, despite an insufficiently loud sound, despite our tiredness perhaps, our monks will prove, once again, that they rise to incredible heights.

2022 05 12 The Psychotic Monks Winter CircusAs always, the concert begins abstractly, and the audience must first make an effort to gradually penetrate these noisy concepts, also uncomfortable, that only give off a fleeting beauty. We wait for the beats to pick up, but impatience will have to be held in check for a long time, or the pleasure will be cut short too quickly. Some spectators, discouraged too quickly, still leave the room. This music has to be earned, or rather it is music that deserves to be prepared for it. Then, little by little, the stars align, the pulse intensifies and we enter the enjoyable part of the set. The whole room is now electric, we dance like rag dolls shaken by the storm. Joy, joy, trance… we vibrate with the musicians who go crazy. And then comes the last part, the one that can only be described as sublime. The one that makes the toughest cry. The one that will make one of our friends say: “Clearly they slapped me, I’ve never felt so many things in such a short time.” Martín sings the hallucinatory psalmody of every viewand we begin this long ascent of power that will culminate, a good quarter of an hour later, with a Cirque d’Hiver totally paralyzed by the force of the emotions that have been poured out on us.

The final acclamation is deafening, the group is excited, we will leave once again convinced of having lived one of those great experiences that music provides, the best music. And to be lucky enough to be French and have one of the most beautiful bands on the planet here.

Come on, let’s all say goodbye, and see you tomorrow. Because we’re coming back tomorrow!

Photos and text: Eric Debarnot

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