Local label Armellodie has gone a little further afield than usual for its latest release: Appletop; the fuzzy, melodic indie rock force behind Brave Mountains hail from the south of France. Formed in 2008, the band have released a number of EPs and a debut album wither on their own or through labels back home, and have support slots with the likes of Wild Flag and The Thermals to their name.
Ahead of the band’s short UK tour, the trio’s guitar-vocalist Pierre Christofari answered the burning question: just what does a band from the Côte d’Azur see in Glasgow?!
Who’s in the band, and how did you get together?
We are a three piece band: Olivier Cancellieri on bass and vocals, Nicolas Kevin Faou on drums and Pierre Cristofari on guitars and vocals. Quite the classic story really, friends gathering and trying to play music, then starting to write a bit, and on and on and on and on.
Three words to describe your sound…
Loud, cheesy pop. Or, very soft glamrock would also work.
What influences you?
We have been influenced by many great bands from our beginning (Pixies, Breeders, too many to mention and we wouldn’t want to get into a very long list of cool names). But I think what influences/drives us now is mainly the desire of making music we like.
I’m interested in how a French band got involved with a Scottish label…
One of us (Olivier) is into sound recording and mixing, and he is quite the nerd. Always trying out new gear, selling/buying online, and at some point I think he got in touch with Scott Maple from Armellodie, probably in a nerd discussion on the internet. Olivier mentioned we had a band, and at that time we were done with the French label we released our first album with, and so here we are.
…what was it that drew you to work with the wonderful Armellodie?
I confess we hadn’t heard of Armellodie at the time. But we checked their roster and we discovered a lot of great bands on it. Then we exchanged a few emails and really connected. Especially, I think we really liked the fact they weren’t trying to “make” us do anything, as in changing songs, etc.
What other releases/shows do you have planned at the moment?
We have a few gigs in the UK coming up in April, and hopefully some more in France we will announce soon!
And what are you listening to at the moment?
We all really liked the latest Merchandise album. We’ve also dug the latest Kurt Vile and the Violators stuff, and Parquet Courts. I should mention we also always carry some classics for the road (confirm some rumours): yes I am talking about Guns and Roses’ Appetite for Destruction. Yesterday, I was offered a Mazzy Star album She Hangs Brightly; only listened a couple of times, but might become a favourite!
Appletop on tour:
09/04 PARIS, FR, Espace B
10/04 LE MANS, FR, Barouf
12/04 EXETER, The Cavern
14/04 GLASGOW, The Roxy
16/04 SHEFFIELD, Bell Jar
17/04 LONDON, Surya
18/04 BRISTOL, Mothers’ Ruin
19/04 BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds