KEXP at Trans Musicales: Vagina Town

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 Nantes-based garage rock combo Vagina Town:

DJ Morgan says of watching the band during our first day of recording:

Vagina Town was the first of three bands we filmed today. They are from Nantes, a town approximately 100 km from Rennes. Playing together since 2009, the four piece came out in an amazing array of costumes that had various tongue-in-cheek religious overtones. Gina, on bass and vocals, was dressed in a giant magenta feathered head piece she got in Brazil during Carnival and an outfit that would have made Screamin’ Jay Hawkins proud – including a skull named Henry hanging from the mic stand. I asked her if she was a Hawkins fan and she excitedly told me she was and in fact named her skull his that hung from his iconic staff. They played a ripping set of garage rock a la The Cramps.

Watch our live session below with Vagina Town, 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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