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lyonnais

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE
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"Brooklyn Vegan, 2011"

"Atlanta four-piece...whose dark, ethereal sound
will likely draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine
and Slowdive... or even mid-'80s goth like
Xmal Deutchland or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry."
- Brooklyn Vegan


"The Decibel Tolls, 2011"

"From cosmic Can and Zappa-influenced freakouts to
Factory Records-evocative goth funk, Lyonnais’ debut
long player Want for Wish For Nowhere is a sonically
adventurous journey through three decades of thoughtful
experimental punk rock, replete with nasty grooves and
radiotelescopic transmissions." - The Decibel Tolls


"Fanzine.com, 2010"

“Lyonnais…should not be missed. This is
not a recommendation. It's a threat. The
Atlanta based band offers much more
than a feed-backed symphony to get
immersed in, they give you energy -- a sad
rarity in this realm of sound. There is no
hiding behind loops and staring at their
shoes."
- Fanzine.com


Discography

Want For Wish For Nowhere (Debut LP, 2011)
Hoss Records Techno Singles Series (Hoss 12" Single)
The Anatomy of An Image (LP, Hoss Records, 2011)
Terminus Original Soundtrack (7", 2011)

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Lyonnais started in 2008 as a musical outlet for former WRAS-Atlanta Music Directors Farbod Kokabi and Farzad Moghaddam. Immediately after witnessing a Rhys Chatham performance, the duo realized that they needed to fill a void in Atlanta's otherwise vibrant music scene. Using each member's personal taste as a launch pad, Moghaddam (bass, synth, vocals) and Kokabi (guitar, synth, vocals) set out to develop their ideas and enlisted additional support from Lee Tesche (guitar, vocals) and TJ Blake (drums & percussion).

Lyonnais' initial performances found them sharing the stage with larger touring acts such as Windy & Carl, Balmoreah, and Paul Duncan at the now-defunct 11:11 Teahouse. The early Lyonnais compositions floated somewhere between Labradford's dark post-rock, and Spacemen 3's signature drone-rock. After performing a long string of successful supporting slots and a few headlined shows, the band felt they need to reinvent their sound and began developing new material that veered into more long-form compositions. These new exercises showcased Lyonnais' flirtations with krautrock's repetition and experimentation, and garnered the band glowing reviews from local music critics and Atlanta-based music blogs. Creative Loafing went on to name Lyonnais the Best Electronic Act in 2009 and Best Experimental Act in 2010.

As audience attendance grew from gig to gig, so did the group's evolving oeuvre. Lyonnais' performances became provocatively forceful, making them the most called-upon band for esoteric concert events in Atlanta. Depending on any given night's line-up, the band easily morphs their setlist. Jumping from Section25 and Ike Yard's danceable post punk, Mars' no wave intensity, and even Kompakt's trademarked pop ambience. Lyonnais has shared the stage with bands as varied as their sound, including Growing, Grouper, These Are Powers and Deerhunter.

“Lyonnais…should not be missed. This is not a recommendation. It's a threat. The Atlanta based band offers much more than a feed-backed symphony to get immersed in, they give you energy -- a sad rarity in this realm of sound. There is no
hiding behind loops and staring at their shoes."
-Fanzine.com, 2010

"From cosmic Can and Zappa-influenced freakouts to
Factory Records-evocative goth funk, Lyonnais’ debut
long player Want for Wish For Nowhere is a sonically
adventurous journey through three decades of thoughtful experimental punk rock, replete with nasty grooves and radiotelescopic transmissions."
-The Decibel Tolls, 2011

"Atlanta four-piece...whose dark, ethereal sound
will likely draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine
and Slowdive... or even mid-'80s goth like Xmal Deutchland or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry."
-Brooklyn Vegan, 2011