Sarah (Fra) Latcho Drom; tape (1997)

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Sarah’, from Rennes, are Bretons “fighting for their future, their language”. Their address stated “Breizh via France”. Breizh is the Breton name for Brittany (Bretagne, a region in the North-West of France). They wrote: “The French laws are improper for what is going on in Brittany, e.g. concerning water-pollution, agriculture,…” but they didn’t see themselves as nationalists: “We are communists.”. They were also a SxE band…“to show people that it is possible to live without drugs or alcohol”. They played (post-)hardcore (sometimes industrial or metal sounding, also use of accoustic instruments; some compared them with ‘Neurosis’), sang lyrics in Breton, Gaelic & French, and also did a zine named An Eeunded.

Erwan H. (who played guibasse/mandoline/piano in the band) sent me this tape. It was supposed to be an introduction to get them some gigs. They eventually played the Vort’n Vis twice (98-04-19 & 98-09-19). The others in the band were Fabien Lecuyer (vocals/fiddle), Michaël Genevée (drums/accordion/fiddle) & Jérôme Bouthier (bass). Thierry Jolivet and Stéphane Hardy (who’re mentioned on the tape-insert) were their friends. Besides this cassette they did another (entitled Herzelomp Betek An Trec’h in 1997) and in 1999 they released Ez Eterninmens (4 track CD).

Review in Tilt! #9: >>Two tracks of dark, dragging metallic (almost industrial) slow-core with raw vocals. The band talks about 2 things that seem to be important to them: the future of the youth (SxE) and living their own Breton culture. Difficult to get into…<<

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