PacoVolume

PacoVolume

BandPopRock

At 20, PacoVolume quits his Maya literature and civilization studies to try and become a rock star in New Zealand. He was elected CQFD revelation by Les Inrocks in 2007.Multi-instrumentalist, he writes and records on a tape-recorder, either sad or stupid things. Anyways, the tracks are great!

Biography

At the age of 20, PacoVolume quits his Maya literature and civilization studies (for real) to try and become a rock star in New Zealand.

Quickly forced to live off something else than his musical projects, he becomes a waiter in an Auckland wine bar. Wine being fascinating, he decides to dedicate his life to it, comes back to France a year and a half later and becomes France’s fifth best young wine taster in 2001. He works as a buyer for a wine merchant, tastes hundreds of wine a week, plays a little, but finds music a little out of date, apart maybe from Nick Cave and Daft Punk.

Multi-instrumentalist, fascinated by Prince in the Purple Rain movie, he writes and records on a tape-recorder, either sad or completely stupid things.

Being a wine merchant, he ends up meeting musicians with alcohol issues (the Bordeaux rock scene), or, worse, alcoholics with music issues (the Bordeaux electro scene not being as renowned). He enjoys it, gathers up some self-confidence, goes back to Paris - good thing for he then was getting tired with wine and not writing anything, starting to tell weird wine stories to circumspect clients – and decides to dedicate the 30 next years of his life to music.

In 2004, he sets up and starts touring with the bands NapalmPilot (hard rock duo, guitar – vocals – drums) and Turbo Crystal (romantic funk duo, bass – drum machine – vocals), signed up with London-based label Tiny Sticks Records.

At the same time, he composes a solo album, records it in Paris with the help of director François Chevallier (Emilie Simon, Arcade Fire, Coldplay). It will be called Manhattan Baby, he picked the name a while ago, he can’t actually remember why, but it will be Pop, because it’s always nice to have jingling guitars, ancestral melodies, stuff about having your heart broken and feeling the rock, you know.

Right now, he does a lot of things, it’s wonderful. He was elected CQFD revelation by Les Inrocks in 2007, has recorded cover-ups for Béatrice Ardisson, played in the majority of Paris halls, takes part to other albums as additional producer, composes for other artists and above all, Manhattan Baby will be released by Discograph in May 2009.

PacoVolume addresses on this album various themes : a married TV host who falls in love with a woman young enough to be his daughter ; dancing ; killing wild animals ; disappointments ; canned spaghetti ; the arrival of disco music in Belfast in the late 70’s ; Donald Trump ; death ; girls ; THE girl ; Judas…Nothing about his life really, but he plans on doing a « My Way » kind of song when he is super old.

Harmonically, lots of minor chords, minor 7, major 9. Little D, oddly. No 7th chords either. It’s not bluesy at all.

About the style, notice his compositions are packed with it : 8 voices choirs on Stand By Me, artisanal claps, unison choruses, polyrhythmics, crazy arpeggiators, ternary, binary, a vietnamese zither…each track has its own atmosphere. PacoVolume doesn’t seem to like bridges, he is always a bit impatient to get to the chorus. Maybe he can’t write those bridges. Anyways, the tracks are great, and that, as his friend Kim says, you can’t go against !

Lyrics

Cookie Machine

Written By: Jean-François Moulier

my baby's wearing glasses when she's driving her car
that leads us to a place where we know who we are
and surely sounds funny
but my heart keeps telling
that i wish that you could be here too

my baby's got a baby in the back of the car
he's calling out my name -oh you know how kids are -
and i know i should feel lucky
but the only thing i see
is just me being hard for you now

i'm walking down the drive and there's a pram on my arm and
my wife she keeps on talking but i'm trying to stay calm
and things are getting better
and i do less to upset her
now i'm thinking of you and your charms

THEY SAY I COULD BE YOUR FATHER
I'M GONNA LET THE PEOPLE KNOW
THAT IN THE 80'S I WAS TOO HIGH
TO MAKE ANYONE AS BEAUTIFUL AS YOU

i know you watch my programme and it's easy to tell
that although it seems i've made it you know i'm not that well
i'm stressed about my ratings
and the press they are all waiting
'cause the young they are coming up strong

you try to get home early on a saturday night and
you've got a virgin Mary and she shines in the light
there's dinner in the freezer
you are looking for your slippers
and you're putting your cellphone on hold

THEY SAY I COULD BE YOUR FATHER
I'M GONNA LET THE PEOPLE KNOW
THAT IN THE 80'S I WAS TOO HIGH
TO MAKE ANYONE AS BEAUTIFUL AS YOU

you know that le palace was always a real blast
back in the days when you were born
i should let the people know
take you out to show
but you know baby it's been so long

but baby i love you so

Manhattan Baby

Written By: Jean-François Moulier

MANHATTAN BABY

I’ve been walking all day
Until the lights went on
I’ve been walking all day
Humming this song
The city is in my lungs
Got the motor running
Can feel it now
This tender burning
My cigarette burns
And the ice it cracks
The wind it’s cold,
You don’t call me back
Go down the street
And into the park
Where children play
And they have a lark
There are piles of dead leaves
That they keep on kicking
They throw snowballs
But they can’t stop missing
Their nannies chide, shout
And take them home
Got nothing to watch
So now i’m all alone
I think of you as something
That my life could have in store
When i look at my wife
It is your smile i’m looking for
And as a kid i used to pray
And father said i wanted more
I’ve always wanted more I
’ve always wanted more
Stars shine brightly down
Upon this place that i love
The gods are smiling down
Upon this town
Go down
And see Donald Trump
Go down, go down
And see Donald Trump
The waitress smiles ‘cause her shift is ending
She pours a coffee
That is never ending
I smile at the cops
And i say hello
They ask themselves
What do i want to know
Those two old folks
Still holding their hands
Life it wore them down
But they kept their plans
It’s so stupid now
That we’re still stressing
Shit it goes down
So let’s count our blessings
Orthodox Jews
Down by the Hudson
They lose their hats
And wind keeps on blowing
And i go down
To the Jersey Turnpike
It’s wife and kids
For another long night
I think of you as something
That my life could have in store
When I look at my wife
It is your smile i’m looking for
And as a kid I used to pray
And father said I wanted more
I’ve always wanted more
I’ve always wanted more

Discography

First Album: Manhattan Baby

Single: Cookie Machine