Change of Seasons, Change of Leaders  

The election is upon us, so if you haven't already, VOTE DEMOCRAT all across the ticket. If that statement offends you or you disagree with it, email me and let's talk about it.

Episode 25 of Pierre Pressure Podcast is out now, featuring Tony Scalzo from the band Fastball. Tony is a talented and prolific songwriter who wrote a string of hits for his platinum-selling band Fastball in the late 90s. Check out our conversation on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, and don't forget to subscribe and comment. 

My band MELOMANE is getting back together for one special pre-Halloween, pre-election show on FRIDAY OCTOBER 30 at 5PM, in Cold Spring New York at  Little Stony Point! Bring a chair, bring a jacket, bring some drinks, and enjoy some well-crafted art-rock to celebrate the end of the apocalypse! This is a free, social distanced gathering, pass the hat and buy some merchandise. Featuring the original lineup of under-the-radar superstars in their own minds: Melomane! Pierre de Gaillande on guitar, Daria Grace on bass, Kenny Savelson on drums, Quentin Jennings on keys, and Brad Stewart on trumpet. 

And here's a new video for Aime-Toi, my French version of the song "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber translated in French, sped up into a punk song, and performed by a gaggle of fluffy animals. Happy Halloween! 

And here's another gift from me to you, my new song "Big Flag," a very patriotic song about waving the biggest flag there is to show how patriotic you are and how not insecure you are at all about your beliefs, your masculinity, your country, your leader, and the future! Enjoy! 

VOTE DEMOCRAT NOVEMBER 3rd!!

Bad Reputation Live on Télé-Barbès August 26  

It's been a long year... Hope you all are hanging in there.

I am so happy to announce that I will be taking part in Télé-Barbès , a series of concerts performed live from Barbes in Brooklyn with for a streaming audience, on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 at 6PM. Joining me will be Andrew Hall on bass and Alana McDonald on percussion and ukulele. I'll be singing all your favorite Georges Brassens song in French and English.

WATCH: 
On YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/BarbesYoutube 
or check FB for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/610130593025241

 

And Please check out my new protest song and video, HOW THE VIRUS CAN UNITE US on youtube: https://youtu.be/awAygmeYucg

Biden Harris 2020.

(If anyone reading this is in the Trump cult, please contact me so we can have a respectful, honest discussion about politics. I want to understand. I don't want to yell or trade insults. This country needs dialogue to get out of this mess. You can even be a guest on PIERRE PRESSURE PODCAST if you're not insane.)



 

BANDCAMP COVID19 SPECIAL MAY 1st 

As a way to help musicians, Bandcamp has generously offered to forego all of its share of revenue for downloads and streaming on May 1, 2020. That means that when you buy a song or an album on BANDCAMP on MAY 1st, YOU ARE DIRECTLY HELPING PEOPLE WHOSE LIVELIHOOD HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD BY COVID 19.

As a musician who has had all of my income put on hold indefinitely by the Covid 19 crisis, I would be infinitely grateful if you would download some of my music on May 1st on BANDCAMP:

BAD REPUTATION
OPEN KIMONO
THE SNOW

MELOMANE

THANK YOU AND STAY HEALTHY!
PIERRE

 

FRANGLAIS out NOW on vinyl and download 

 

https://pierredegaillande.com/album/1075436/franglais 

franglais is here!  

If you are a fan of Bad Reputation, you know that I've spent the last ten years translating the outrageous, subversive, and irresistible songs of Georges Brassens into English and performing them with a top-notch roster of New York musicians. For my latest release under the Bad Reputation rubric, entitled franglais, I am continuing the journey of bridging my two cultures, France and America, only this time, I’ve done the reverse. I selected nine of my favorite songs, translated them into French and recorded them with the high level of feeding, watering, and obsessive attention to detail that you have come to expect from a Bad Reputation release.  

The nine songs on franglais were written and recorded for the most part by American bands in the golden era of alternative/indie rock, the 80’s and 90s. They all speak the truth with honesty, wit, and poetry, whether they are rants against injustice or frenzied shouts of angst and lust. They speak to me on a deep level, and I’ve had the good fortune of meeting many of the artists who wrote them. These are my greatest hits, they speak truth to power, and they make me smile.  

WHY FRENCH? Because, in these divisive days, if you can put yourself in another person’s ears, you realize that the planet is one big, interconnected rock. A large part of the world's population hears rock and roll in English with no understanding of the lyrics, but rather just the feeling created by the universal language of music.  

If you don't speak French, you can now enjoy the sensation of feeling the Violent Femmes, Pixies, Fugazi, Camper Van Beethoven, Bob Dylan, Meat Puppets, Vic Chesnutt, Minutemen, and even Justin Bieber (yes!) without the burden of language. You can share the experience of music with a large part of the world, and help reverse the English language’s monopoly on pop culture. 

Whatever language you speak, I invite you to savor the flavor of franglais

Order it today to get the special pre-order price of $9.99 (regular price is $19.99). The album comes out August 25, and vinyl orders include a digital download.

franglais: 
Sur le Soleil / Up on the Sun (Meat Puppets) 
Hé / Hey (Pixies) 
Baiser enl"air / Kiss Off (Violent Femmes) 
Marchandise / Merchandise (Fugazi) 
Un de ces Jours / One of These Days (Camper Van Beethoven) 
Maitres de Guerre / Masters of War (Bob Dylan) 
Fasciste / Fascist (Minutemen) 
Aime-toi / Love Yourself (Justin Beiber) 
Supernaturel / Supernatural (Vic Chesnutt)

 

Je suis ravi d'annoncer la sortie de mon nouvel album, franglais!  

Après cinq ans de réalisation, franglais sortira officiellement le 25 août en vinyle et en numérique, mais si vous le commandez dès aujourd'hui vous bénéficierez d’une réduction de prévente -  soit $9.99 au lieu de $19.99 après le 25 août. 

https://pierredegaillande.com/album/1075436/franglais 

Si vous êtes fan de Bad Reputation, vous savez que depuis une dizaine d'années, j’adapte en anglais les chansons subversives, choquantes et merveilleusement irrésistibles de Georges Brassens. Je les chante avec le soutien d’un groupe de musiciens new-yorkais de très haut calibre. Pour mon nouvel ouvrage sous la rubrique de Bad Reputation, je continue à approfondir le lien entre mes deux cultures, française et américaine.  

Cette fois ci, j’ai fait la traversée inverse. J’ai choisi neuf de mes chansons américaines préférées et je les ai traduites en français. Depuis la conception jusqu’à l’enregistrement et le mixage, nous avons prêté attention au moindre détail, nourrissant et arrosant chaque titre d’humour et de fantaisie. Si vous connaissez nos disques précédents, vous savez à quoi vous attendre d'une œuvre musicale de Bad Reputation

La plupart des neuf chansons sur franglais est une remise à jour de chansons de groupes américains de l'âge d'or de la musique alternative et ‘indie’ des années 80 et 90. Ces chansons expriment une vérité avec honnêteté, force et poésie. Ce sont des déclamations contre les injustices ou par ailleurs, des cris frénétiques de colère ou de désir. Cette collection est en quelque sorte le "Best of…" des chansons qui donnent une gifle au pouvoir. Ils me touchent profondément et j'ai eu la chance de connaître plusieurs de ces artistes personnellement. En plus de tout, ils me font sourire.  

POURQUOI CHANTER EN FRANÇAIS? Parce que nous vivons une époque de discorde et si l’on peut se mettre dans les ‘oreilles’ d'un autre, on peut arriver à percevoir que le monde n’est qu’un petit caillou où tout est connecté. Depuis des décennies, le monde entier écoute le rock en anglais, trop souvent avec aucune notion de ce qui est dit dans les paroles. C’est le feeling du langage universel de la musique qui est communiqué.  

Franglais présente toutes les chansons en français, et même si vous ne parlez pas cette langue, vous pouvez désormais ressentir le plaisir du ‘feeling’ de : Violent Femmes, Pixies, Fugazi, Camper Van Beethoven, Bob Dylan, Meat Puppets, Vic Chesnutt, Minutemen, et même Justin Bieber (oui!) sans le fardeau du langage. Comme ça, vous partagerez l'expérience musicale de la majorité de la planète qui écoute sans forcément ‘comprendre’ mais qui ressent le vibe.  C’est une réappropriation du monopole que la langue anglaise a pu avoir sur la culture pop. 

CEPENDANT, si vous êtes francophone, jetez donc un coup d'oreille sur ces magnifiques poèmes passionnément engagés. Je vous invite à savourer le goût du franglais

Commandez le vinyle dès aujourd'hui:  https://pierredegaillande.com/album/1075436/franglais 

 

Pre-Order franglais on vinyl NOW! 

Bad Reputation's long awaited French-language album, "franglais" comes out July 14th on Vermillion Music!

PRE-ORDER the vinyl album NOW for the limited price of $11.99 including free album download. (Regular price $18.99)

Featuring nine tracks of American punk/indie/pop classics. WATCH A  VIDEO for "Sur le Soleil" HERE.

All of these songs are near and dear to Pierre de Gaillande's heart, and many are by artists with whom Pierre has a personal connection. This album is a solo effort, recorded, produced, and performed by Pierre, with help from some talented musicians, and mixed by Ryan Mall. GET IT TODAY!

Track list:
Sur le Soleil / Up on the Sun (Meat Puppets)
Hé / Hey (Pixies)
Baiser enl"air / Kiss Off (Violent Femmes)
Marchandise / Merchandise (Fugazi)
Un de ces Jours / One of These Days (Camper Van Beethoven)
Maitres de Guerre / Masters of War (Bob Dylan)
Fasciste / Fascist (Minutemen)
Aime-toi / Love Yourself (Justin Beiber)
Supernaturel / Supernatural (Vic Chesnutt)

FRANGLAIS, THE SHRIMPS and MUSIC FOR WATER 

FRANGLAIS, the album of French covers of American indie songs translated by Pierre, will be released on vinyl in the Spring. Look for pre-order information here on Vermillion Music.

Pierre is producing an album by British folk-rage-psych-rock brothers Simon and Marcus Benjamin, AKA THE SHRIMPS. They are currently tracking at California Hill Studios.

Pierre is very excited to be composing original music for a collaborative dance performance taking place on June 15th at the Great Swamp in Putnam County. He will be collaborating with choreographers Marie Carstens andof Putnam County Dance Project, in conjunction with Globalwaterdances.org to create a soundtrack for a dance performance highlighting water-related environmental issues in the community and the world.

PIERRE PRESSURE PODCAST is in full effect! Download, subscribe, share, and comment! And if you are a musician/composer/producer interested in talking about the intersection of art and politics, get in touch!

PIERRE PRESSURE PODCAST IS HERE! 

Pierre de Gaillande is jumping into the world of internet radio, aka podcasting, aka interviewing people on the web. PIERRE PRESSURE PODCAST IS HERE!

Pierre interviews a different musician each episode, and pressures them into playing a song or two that resonates politically. Each interview touches on the guest's musical, artistic, and personal trajectory, and delves into the intersection of music and politics in these Divided States. 

The first three guest are Michael Andrews, Fred Cassidy, and Michael Rosas. New episodes posted weekly. 

RELEASE THE PRESSURE!

Kiss Off into l'Air 

Pierre's new album of French versions of his favorite songs is almost mixed and ready to release.

Here's a preview, the song is "Baiser en l'Air," a French version of the classic Violent Femmes song "Kiss Off." It features drums by Chris Stromquist, and it was mixed by Ryan Mall. All other instruments, vocals, and translation by Pierre de Gaillande.

Enjoy!