KEXP at Trans Musicales: Chouette

photo by Morgan Chosnyk

This week, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session each Friday, and you can watch all the previously released ones here. This week, we present guitar-blazing set with Rennes-based rock group Chouette.

DJ Morgan says of meeting the band:

Next up we had local psych band Chouette, which translates to Owl or, as the band told me, confusingly is also slang for cool – as in “Owls are cool!”. They had a Black Angels vibe mixed with jangly surf rock – with heavy bass riffs, and catchy guitar melodies. Each of the four members – Roma (guitar), Chris (guitar), Mary (bass), and Malo (drums) – all lent their vocals to make each song unique yet cohesive. Afterwards, as he was packing up his guitar, Chris told us that his mom is originally from the US and listens to KEXP and was very excited when he told her he was recording with us. Small world!

Watch our live session below with Chouette, recorded beneath a Roman frieze in the Chapelle du Conservatoire de Rennes, a small chapel attached to a vibrant interdisciplinary art school, and be sure to find more about the band on their Facebook page.

Watch more sessions recorded by KEXP at Trans Musicales here.

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