on the grass along the water
Long Island City
3134 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106
Take the N or W train to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks west on Broadway (toward the East River) to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard.
Les Sans Culottes
Les Sans Culottes is the revolutionary French rock n roll band created by Clermont Ferrand in 1998 and featuring Kit Kat Le Noir, Courtney Louvre, Jean L'Effete, Johnny Dieppe, Sid Vichyssoise, and of course, Jacques Strappe.
The "seven-headed beast from the hard-scrabble streets of Menilmontant," Les Sans Culottes borrowed their name from the ill-clad (i.e., long-trousered) citizen soldiers of the French Revolution. The famous disposers of the House of Bourbons have been on a binge ever since springing wholly-formed in the fashion of Pallas Athena from the forehead of band leader, Clermont Ferrand, in 1998, and features the only other continuous original member of the group Kit Kat Le Noir (the band has gone through over 25 different line-ups in their 10 year history with various back-up musicians). In fact, some former members tried to start another band with a remarkably similar concept to Les Sans Culottes in 2005, and even tried to call that second group "Les Sans Culottes." Since this band was already using that name, however, they were stopped by a court order.
The band's sound has variously been described as "Tristan Tzara and Little Richard in a knife fight," "Kim Fowley and Serge Gainsbourg in a game of pictionary," and "Laetitia Costa, Marcel Duchamp, Tuli Kupferberg, and Charo playing spin the bottle." Yet everyone agrees it has to be believed to be seen. It is Grand Guignol rock au maximum French rock for English speakers and others.
Les Sans Culottes take-no-prisoners live shows have "Earned a reputation forexcessively fabulous performances and intoxicatingly catchy pop music in the mold of Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc." (NY Daily News). "Their live show is a BUH-last, and they bring a veritable Cirque de SLAY stage presence." (DJ Terre T- WFMU). Both modern French Revolutionaries (by way of Brooklyn) and sartorially stylish (culotteless!) maverick rock n rollers Les Sans Culottes are coming to your town to help you party down -- after all, they're an americain band.
The band's new album "Le Weekender", released on Vibratone Records, is now available.