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The Arrogants - Introducing ...
Thomas Babczynski – guitar, vocals
Louis Szymanowski – bass
Martin Tournemire – organ
Hugo El Hadeuf – drums
Emilian Mierzejewski - guitar
In the year 2014 you might expect young men at the tender age of 18 to be much like most other teenagers of their generation – to be more interested in video games and the hipster bands name-checked by Pitchfork and so on. But these particular young men have happily spent their teens investigating classic twentieth-century music: blues and rock’n’roll and especially the garage-rock and rhythm’n’blues from the sixties. And they decided they wanted guitars in their hands rather than consoles.
The Arrogants have delved into the sounds of mod, garage rock, psychedelia, and blues, first as a 14-year-old duo, then as a 15-year old trio . . . and now with an organist, as a quartet, they are ready to be heard by the wider world. Whilst digging the sounds of the past, they have successfully developed their own repertoire, writing their own songs and gaining recognition in their home town by playing as support to their heroes The Pretty Things and appearing at the Lille Vintage Weekend in front of 15,000 strong crowd.
Produced by French Londoner Healer Selecta Londoner (aka Yvan Serrano) and mastered by Pete Maher (who has worked for U2, The Killers, Rolling Stones, and Jack White, amongst other famous names), these tracks are intended to introduce the band to a wider audience prior to them putting together a full album. And having been touring extensively throughout the second half of last year and with a full schedule already lined up for this year they have both the songs and the chops.
Serrano remembers seeing the sixteen-year-old Arrogants on stage for the first time, “It was a strange feeling, as though I was watching an original garage band. Their garage sound is pure, minimal and wild. To make true sixties garage, it should have this youthful energy and not over-do the technical ability to make for a real musical experience.”
- Mr. Devil - 3:16
- We're Arrogant - 2:21
- Drunky Blues - 3:23
- It's An Experience - 3:18