Aside (Fra) L’État Ne Fait Pas Le Bonheur; tape (1997)



Day After Day / Direct Democracy / Pink Triangle / Su Vida De Dolor (His Life In Pain) / Terre (Earth) / Média Contrôle (Media Control) / Femmes Stéréotypées (Stereotyped Women) / Casadores (Hunters) / Blocage (Blockade) / Raise Your Fist / Guilty (‘Oi Polloi’ cover)

This band, playing fast & raw crusty hardcore/punk with fe/male vocals (reminiscent of ‘Disaffect’), were from Rennes (Bretagne). Sophie (vocals), Phil(ippe) (vocals), ‘Guéna’/Gwenael (guitar/bass), Pierre Boislève (bass live), Roger (drums; when in jail replaced by Gilles) were active people with their hearts and minds in the right place…

The tape was sent to me by Pierre (El Trasgo), I believe. Probably as an introduction to get gigs. They were announced for a gig at the Vort’n Vis (97-09-19&20 Leed festival) but unfortunately that got cancelled… My copy has 9 live-tracks (97-01, Planguenoual) on the B-side but since the sound-level of these is inconsistent and they’re no new songs, I don’t ad this here…

In October 1997 the band re-recorded (with the help of Gilles ‘Anomie’ Auvinet @ Ape studio) some of these (and some new) tracks for their Victory Day 7″ (released by Yann Dubois on his label SanJam). They did a split-7″ with the Groninger ‘No I.D.’ in 1998 and appeared on a split-CD with ‘Shortcut’ (also from Rennes) in 2003. The band also featured on the compilation-CD Reconstruction: 1997 Hardcore (not the one on Stonehenge recs but done by Yann Boislève), and on the 7″ Autonomie Vol. 2 (compilation on Christophe Mora’s label). A split-EP with ‘Rawness’ (announced 1998/99) an one with ‘Sin Dios’ never materialised… More is mentioned on Guéna’s website (where you can also download the band’s discography).


The drummer, Gilles, that replaced the rhythm-box we used, is not Gilles Auvinet who recorded all our records. Funny thing is that Gilles Auvinet did come to rehearse with us a couple of times (September ’96) when we were searching a drummer. There was the possiblity of doing a demo with him but in the end, it didn’t happen. We recorded with the rhythm-box and then foud that drummer Gilles.


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