Nouvelle Vague is no secret in the blogosphere. Fronted by two sexy women and backed by some talented musicians, this French collective only plays cover songs. Sure, there are cover bands playing every night in your town, so why support this one in particular?
Because they support these albums by putting on a fantastic live show. They redefine each song in their own style, adding a new wavey and sultry feel. What's even more, they put on really, really, really eye-catching shows. They have a lot of fun on stage and it quickly becomes contagious. You'll simultaneously fall in love with one of their singers, depending on which is your type. When I saw them in Orlando last year, and they got to their fantastic cover of Dead Kennedy's Too Drunk To Fuck they danced on the bar and handed out free shots (and took their turn) 'til a whole bottle was gone. Right now they are only touring across seas but I wouldn't be surprised to see them back in the States in early fall.
They recently released their version of Late Night Tales which collects their favorite tracks from other artists into a sexy compilation where French pop is also well represented. They also contribute one previously unreleased track, Come On Eileen (a Dexy's Midnight Runners Cover) which I've posted below.
Be sure to check out Cool Hunting's Nouvelle Vague: Nugroove vol 5 which is half interview and half music video done quite beautifully.
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