Diabolique

Diabolique

 New York City, New York, USA
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Power chords for the powerless.

Biography


Described by reviewers as "smart, passionate and brutally intimate," Diabolique has created a new template for female-fronted rock bands by adding a multi-cultural and multi-influenced twist to their music. On their debut cd Uses of Disorder, Diabolique unleashes a flurry of hypnotic grooves and buzz-saw guitars, combining the haunting lyricism of The Velvet Undergound with the sexy swagger of The Pretenders.

With their raw and smarting lyrics, Diabolique is willing to show themselves entirely to their audience, withholding nothing. This unique merging of undeniable command and molten vulnerability distinguishes Diabolique as the quintessential band for an injured generation struggling to define itself. Virtuosic, tight-fitting and dripping down your sleeve.

Lyrics

In Walks the Twilight

Written By: Pascale Jean-Louis

Who knows
where you go, my dear
I follow the trail
you disappear
into the sky
where the fireflies
never see daylight
but everyone else here can see
your face in the clouds
has me thinking aloud
of all of the things
that make me real proud of us
you and me and the one
makes three
Never to be seen.

There goes my daylight
in walks the twilight
it's full of secrets

There goes my daylight
in walks the twilight

L Train

Written By: Pascale Jean-Louis

All of the boys
are one in the same
All of the girls
without a hair out of place
Something ain't right
imperfections are perfected
In their voices
In the passageways

Riding on the L train
Riding on the L train

I'm a backstreet tourist
in my hometown
You're no fun anymore
and the word gets around

I heard a humming noise
just a manic machine
Walking in lockstep
back to Queens
back to Queens
back to Queens

Riding on the L train
Riding on the L train

All of the boys
are one in the same
all of the girls
without a hair out of place
something ain't right
All the artists have defected
there are anarchists in the Bronx?

From the hinterlands
to the Far Rockaways
backstreets of Canarsie
riding on the L train
right on the L train
right on the L train

Riding on the L train
Riding on the L train

All of the boys
are one in the same
All of the girls
without a hair out of place
something ain't right
All the artists have defected
from the hinterlands
to the Rockaways

From the hinterlands
to the Far Rockaways
backstreets of Canarsie
riding on the L train
From the hinterlands
to the Far Rockaways
there are anarchists in the Bronx
riding on the L train

Ride on, my L train
Ride on, my L train
riding on the L train

Riding on the L train

Kingdom of the Cool

Written By: Pascale Jean-Louis


One family is tragic
But they smile all the time
One child is a juvenile delinquent
But the neighbors think I’m tame

Whose the master or the king
That’s gonna end all suffering for time
For all time

I’m a fortunate son
I’m not the only one
Who needs a little love
In this crazy cruel world
But someone pulls the strings
Even though they made me king
Of the contemptible

Whose the master or the king
That’s gonna end all suffering
Lay your filthy hands upon me
Don’t know where they’ve been
We’ll go out and decimate
Then go home to celebrate
Our new-found places
In the kingdom
Of condemned
And the cool

Heaven wasn’t meant for the like of you and me
Heaven’s for Americans
Not for foreigners
Can’t you see
There’s room for all the prisoners
If you throw out the stars
Where men are from Venus
And the women are from Mars
If you say they really don’t have a soul
Well then, honey,
I don’t want to go
Where the only book
Is the Good Book
There’s no comic books
And no rock & roll
Whose the master or the king
That’s gonna end all suffering
Lay your filthy hands upon me
Don’t know where they’ve been
We’ll go out and decimate
Then go home to celebrate
Our new-found places
In the kingdom
Of condemned
And the cool

Heaven’s closed
For you
For me

Whose the master or the king
That’s gonna end all suffering
Lay your filthy hands upon me
Don’t know where they’ve been
We’ll go out and decimate
Then go home to celebrate
Our new-found places
In the kingdom
Of condemned

Shards of Gold

Written By: Pascale Jean-Louis

She came and conquered this town
With a smile on her face
And a swivel in her hips
She thinks fire escapes are
Weeping willows
In East New York
Come on, sit down, breathe in
Red glow
Asthmatic air

St. Christopher’s gonna keep me safe
On the scenic road to hell and back
This trip
I’m gonna take with you
I’m gonna take with you

Cheap millionaires
Proposition me in the street
I think about the pretty things
I really couldn’t have
Like a brand new car
But I just keep on walking
But still pining away
‘Cause the government
thinks I’m living like a welfare queen
in my 1970 Cadillac

St. Christopher’s gonna keep me safe
On the scenic road to hell and back
This trip
I’m gonna take with you
I’m gonna take with you

The road to hell
Is paved with good intentions
The road to heaven
Is paved with
shards of gold
Shards of gold

Do I look the part?
Glamour girl on the make
Marry up
That’s my intention
Fall in love or
Sell your soul

Indie Boy

Written By: Pascale Jean-Louis

I'd love to
love to take you
I'd love to make
an honest man of you
you're my
you're my indie boy

I'd love to
love to break you
I'd love to break
your heart in two
you're my
you're my indie boy

Thought I could take you
thought I could make you
wrap my eager arms around you
oh yeah

I'd love to
love to take you
I'd love to make
an honest man of you
you're my
you're my indie boy

I'd love to
love to taste you
I'd love to have
another chance with you
you're my
you're my indie boy

Thought I could take you
thought I could make you
wrap my eager arms around you
oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah

Discography

EP: Uses of Disorder (2005)

EP: Joie De Vivre (to be released 2010)

tracks that have streaming/radio airplay:

Ambition to Go, Indie boy, City of God, Shards of Gold, L Train

Radio Stations playing "Indie Boy" or "City of God"

KROQ (Los Angeles)
WCYY (Portland)
KTEG (Alberquerque)
KPNT (St. Louis)
KPHX (St. Louis)
KS95 (Iowa City)
WAVF (Charleston)
KACV (Amarillo)
WPGU (Champaign)
WRZX (Indianapolis)
WNYU (NYC)
WBAR (NYC)
WUSB (StonyBrook University)
WHRW (Binghampton University)

Internet Stations: Indie Artist Radio, Black Rock Coalition Radio (wps1.org), Church of Radio Girl, EO Radio, Radio Crystal Blue

Set List

One set consists of 8-10 songs, which lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Original songs: Cover Up, City of God, In Walks the Twilight, Tiger by the Tail, Faded Flowers, Indie Boy, Jenny Go Disco, Love is a Fairy Tale
Cover Songs: Toxic, White Wedding, Bela Lugosi's Dead, TNT