For music lovers searching for Swiss psychedelic rock on the Rootstock 2018 stage, look no further, Le Roi Angus is the band for you. These five mighty fine musicians from Geneva have released two well-received albums – Îles Essentiel (2015) and Est-ce Que Tu Vois le Tigre? (2018) – and are en route to being crowned their nation’s biggest musical export judging by the Beatlemania-esque attention they received on their recent March tour through China. Formed by frontman Martin Casimir Admonk on January 6, 2014, – Night of the Kings, hence their brilliant name – Le Roi Angus’ performance in Pommard on the Bastille weekend (July 13-15) is much anticipated, with their witches brew of madcap, frenetic rock set to intoxicate the soundwaves. We spoke with Martin to get a sense of their state of mind before they take to the stage…
Q. Martin, thanks for talking with us. How are you?
“Good, thank you. We’ve just begun our rehearsals for all our Summer festival shows so we’re having fun. We’ve also just started writing for the next album too. We are at the beginning of the process, as our second album Est-ce Que Tu Vois le Tigre? was only released a few months ago, But, we’re now starting to think about the next album.”
Q. For your third album, are you heading in any new directions, or doing anything different?
“Yes! Yes, I think so. For the first two albums, in the writing process, I was like ‘I’ll bring in the songs and we make the music’. For the next record, we will shape the songs together as a band and find new ways to work together. I think this next record will sound different – with longer songs with more things going on.”
“Our shows are never the same, there is always some new spark of creativity…”
Q. You guys sound and look incredible on stage. What defines a great Le Roi Angus gig?
“One of the strongest features of the band is that we all play instruments, there is no electronic noises, the shows are alive – we play very human music. Our shows are never the same, there is always some new spark of creativity and any show can be different when the band are playing live and playing any notes they want and react according to the crowd and the vibe.”
“Right now, none of us know what set or songs we are going to play at Rootstock…”
Q.Rootstock is a festival among the vines of a Burgundy château – it’s not your usual type of venue. Does that affect your setlist and rehearsals?
“I can’t say anything right now because we don’t know how the stage is going to be set up. It’s always a bit surprising for us when we play these summer shows because sometimes the stages are never the same size. Right now, none of us know what set or songs we are going to play at Rootstock – but we have become very adept at adapting any show to the stage we play on, so I’m sure it’s going to be great!”
“We want to travel the world signing our French songs…”
Q. Your tour in China in March looked crazy…has that been your best experience of performing live?
“Recently, there have been a few different types of gigs that we have enjoyed playing. When we performed at our album launch of new album, Est-ce Que Tu Vois le Tigre? we played a gig at home in Geneva. These shows always make us nervous, because you’re playing to your family and friends and you want them to like what you do – but it was great. The other shows we loved playing live was during our tour in China, yes. It was our first time we were touring there, and it was just wonderful. Every show was sold out a couple of months in advance and fans turned up with signs! Such great venues to play too. The whole experience was fantastic because we were singing French in China…and we want to travel the world signing our French songs.”
“There is no way that I come all the way to Pommard and not take the time to taste the wine…”
Q.Will you have the chance to unwind after your Rootstock 2018 gig and enjoy some wine or do you have to dash off?
“ There is no way that I come all the way to Pommard and not take the time to just the wine. I am a big wine lover! It’s so great to be able to play Rootstock in Pommard – we are really looking forward to it – and we are coming the day before our gig so we will have a chance to soak up the atmosphere.”
Rootstock 2018 – the Essentials
Rootstock 2018 is just around the corner. It’ll be here quicker than you can say, well, Rootstock. So, remember to get your tickets today to avoid disappointment.
Here’s everything you need to know:
– Tickets can be bought at www.rootstockmusic.com
– Fifteen bands, across three days, on two stages. Check out the full line-up here
– Line-up includes the acclaimed headliners Jungle, Breakbot, Keziah Jones
– Onsite accommodation is provided by luxury glamping company, Pop Up Hotel.
– A selection of Experiences including a Grand Tasting, the Burgundy Wine Bar, Chefs’ Alley, Cocktail Bar, Rootstock Cycling Tour and Rootstock’s very own Market will be open across the whole weekend. Check them all out here!
– A wealth of travel packages and options, including Château de Pommard’s Concierge Services are at your disposal too. Find all the details here.
– Prizes and competitions will be running from now until July, so watch this space!
Buy your Rootstock 2018 tickets here! Be quick…tickets are selling fast.
Rootstock 2018: The festival arrives in Pommard July 13-15.