The RingMaster Review: The Arrogants "Introducing ..."
The first striking thing, apart from four stomping songs, about Introducing… the new EP from French garage rockers The Arrogants, is the passion and obvious relish the band has for their music and its seeds. The release is a potent and energetic encounter which in presence alone gets the listener swiftly involved and feeling the heart of the band. The fact that the songs are also raw and vibrant slices of feverish enterprise does the success of the EP no harm either.
Inspired by and blending rich essences of blues and rock ’n’ roll with a sixties strain of rhythm ’n’ blues and garage rock, The Arrogants began as a 14-year old duo, becoming a 15-year old trio before the addition of an organist took the Lille band to a quartet. Earning an eager following and reputation through their live performances , which has included supporting The Pretty Things and playing the Vintage Weekend in front of 15,000 people, The Arrogants are poised to give the wider world a potent nudge with their new EP. Produced by Yvan Serrano and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, The Killers, Rolling Stones, Jack White), the Dirty Water Records released Introducing… is ready and able to stir up ears and greedy appetites for the band’s fiery sound.
Opening track Mr. Devil instantly has ears and attention awake with a flavoursome stroke of guitar, its spicy voice gripping bait to which the equally as organ melodies of Martin Tournemire adds their own savoury tempting. There is an immediate sixties touch to the track through those keys and also the echo kissed vocals of guitarist Thomas Babczynski, his agreeably ear grazing delivery as honest and raw as the feisty sounds around him. Rhythmically there is a more modern temperament, the bass of Louis Szymanowski strolling with broad shoulders whilst the beats of Hugo El Hadeuf bring a crispy flirtation and confidence to the magnetic encounter.
The delicious sweep of keys opening up We’re Arrogant next is another inescapable lure, its melodic embrace the perfect coaxing for the rhythmic swagger and guitar teasing of the track to spring from. With group vocals similarly sleeveinviting, the track makes a seductive persuasion for ears and emotions before kicking up a gear with a garage punk seeded feistiness which soaks the whole of the song before relaxing back into its opening flirty stroll. As its predecessor, it is an immediate romp which needs little time to set senses and imagination ablaze, something its successor not quite as swift in but ultimately finds the same excited reactions over time. With a delicious blues kissed harmonica joining the just as sultry organ adventure as the bass discovers its own throbbing suasion, the song strides with resourceful and unfussy, bordering on dirty temptation. In many ways like a mix of The Barracudas and The Pretty Things with a spice of 13th Floor Elevators, the song grows and flourishes to greater success over time, revealing more of the depths and potential of the band.
The EP is closed by the garage punk infused It’s an Experience, clunky riffs and a great moaning bassline making the perfect temper and compliment to the organ’s flowery designs. Driven by punchy beats and the distinctive almost angrily delivered vocals of Babczynski, the song is an unpolished, slightly antagonistic treat bringing a fine release to a richly satisfying conclusion.
The Arrogants are looking to broaden their presence and appeal beyond the spotlight of their homeland and with Introducing… they have made a very forceful and exciting start.