Cheval de FrisePosted on:
|located in||Bordeaux, Gironde, France|
Cheval de Frise (literally “Frisian horse”, but more commonly an anti-cavalry array of spears/spikes) was a French math rock/brutal prog outfit of the early s. Utilizing the somewhat unusual instrumentation of an amplified (sometimes using overdrive/distortion) classical guitar combined with an acousticdrumkit, Cheval de Frise made music recalling the American primitive-inspired
Gastr del Sol, although Cheval de Frise’s music is utterly unique. Their sense of harmony & melody is fairly abstract, thus the avant-prog label; this sense has lead some to erroneously label Cheval de Frise with terms like “jazz rock” and “jazz punk”, although in actuality there is nojazz influence. Cheval de Frise does not feature
much (if any) improvisation, and the song structures, melodies, and harmonies are all unrelated to those of jazz music.
Admittedly, Cheval de Frise is one of my favorite bands; if you like them, I recommend checking out guitarist Thomas Bonvalet’s solo project, l'ocelle mare (literally Catalan for “the mother bird”). Drummer Vincent Beysselance went on to form a band called Tormenta (q.v. their LP, “La ligne âpre”).
notes on the distributions
Their debut self-titled LP is sometimes erroneously listed with a release year of . This is due to the Sickroom Records re-issue; the original release was in on Sonore.
Cheval de Frise’s side of the split with Rroselicoeur also appears on “Fresques Sur Les Parois Secrètes Du Crâne”. Rroselicoeur’s side also appears on their LP, “Demios Oneiron”.
|title||Cheval de Frise||[split] Cheval de Frise / Rroselicoeur||Fresques Sur Les Parois Secrètes Du Crâne||La Lame Du Mat|
|distributions||None! Do you have one?|