“Music For Pleasure” – Client Inteview

“6 In The Morning” By Client

Sexier than Goldfrapp, darker than Depeche Mode, more fun than The Human League? Yes, if you like throbbing electro pop perfection then you certainly need look no further than the splendour that is “Client” Members of group are known only as Client A and Client B and are often joined by occasional members who conveniently share similar names such as Client D,E,F,G etc .(is there hope for “J” from Five?) However the mainstays of the band are in reality Kate Holmes, formerly of Frazier Chorus and Technique and Dubstar vocalist Sarah Blackwood. Their take on electro glam synth pop has been a huge hit in Europe, whilst they have been quietly bubbling just under the radar in the UK for a while now. This years album “Heartland” is typically, hypnotically, brilliant, it flirts with the listener ,whilst drawing them into Client’s darkly erotic world, they promise to seduce and then state in no uncertain terms “you can look, but you can’t touch.” (bah!) and then of course there are “the uniforms!” For anyone with thing for airhostess, or maybe leather or quite possibly both, Client’s image will doubtless be a draw, indeed it would be no stretch of the imagination to suggest that they make Alison Goldfrapp seem about as sexy as Thora Hird wearing incontinence pants. But this regimented look fights in perfectly with the music and whilst their image is undoubtedly something which is visually provocative, and, without sounding like Benny Hill hiding in the bushes in a mac, rather naughtily pleasing, it is undoubtedly their music that really grabs the attention. Client are a relentless, hypnotic tour de force combing sweeping synths, guitars and glam rock beats fused with a fabulous pop sensibility. They have collaborated with a number of high profile musicians and directors, their video for “Pornography” was directed by French director Jamie Deliessche . It featured Carl Barât (formerly of The Libertines and now singer with The Dirty Pretty Things on vocals. “Down to the Underground” features Pete Doherty, also formerly of The Libertines, and when not being detained at Her Majesties pleasure, sometime front man of Babyshambles. “Overdrive” features Martin L. Gore of Depeche Mode and “Where’s the Rock and Roll Gone” features Tim Burgess of The Charlatans.
Lager fetishist Mr VP donned  his studded leather lederhosen and thigh length boots and had a chat with Sarah Client B to discover more about the band…

VP : How,where and when did you meet ? What prompted you to form Client?

Client B: We were introduced by a friend. Kate had just been offered 3 gigs supporting Depeche mode and her singer had run away!!! I stepped in.the 3 gigs turned into 15 and we formed Client and wrote the first album on the road with Depeche. At first we were just experimenting but our epiphany came at the leipzig gig where we decided to really go for Client!!

VP: If you were to verbally illustrate your music using media friendly sound bites what would they be ?

Client B: I think the song ‘Client’ sets out our manifesto…satisfaction guaranteed…innovate never imitate…we aim to please….at your service!!!!

VP: Your image is very impressive and rather striking, the uniforms? Was that something decided on at the outset ?

Client B : Absolutely yes! We wore them on the Depeche tour as we wanted to look like working girls not ‘popstars’…we didn’t want anyone to throw anything at us! It was also following the tradition set by electronic pioneers such as Kraftwerk and Throbbing Gristle.
We loved the Orwellian theme of letters not names became clients A and B and the image and music are now 50/50.it wouldn’t be Client without the uniforms!!

VP: Your latest album the marvelous “Heartland” was released this year, described as perfect electro new wave disco pop ! Who would you say your major musical influences are?

Client B : Our influences are: Kraftwerk,Throbbing Gristle,D.A.F. Joy Division, Caberet Voltaire, New Order and Bowie.

VP: You’re now on your own label in The Uk , has this made major difference to you as a band , is it harder or does it give you more freedom ?

Client B: Defiantly more freedom! It’s great to be completely in control!

VP: Will you look back on 2007 with affection? , what have been your highlights ?

Client B: Absolutely! It has been our busiest year for touring so far.I think the highlights were playing the festivals in the summer.we played to big really appreciative crowds and it was such a buzz!!!! Especially when we turned round wiggled our bums as the lights go out
and they all screamed. It made me feel very emotional!!!!

VP : Ok, so the band members are Client A And Client B , is there a Client C or D in place yet ?

Client B: Oh yes! It’s always going to be 3 girls on stage now and Robert Gorl sometimes too! He is client R !We also have another Client R and Client M and Client C too!! Client C is Charlotte Hatherley who played with Ash! (and former VPME interviewee)

VP: What’s your view on the music scene in the UK at the moment ? Any bands that grab your attention ?

Client B: We don’t spend enough time in the U.K. to hang around the various scenes but there seems to be a lot of post punk influenced bands around as well as the nu rave thing which is the progression from electroclash…all style no substance…and I wore day glo the first time round and it looked terrible then…..

VP: What’s the weirdest fan request/Message you’ve ever had ?

Client B : It’s unprintable!!!!

VP: Use five words to sum up Client’s time together

Client B: Exciting…frustrating…airports….adventures…..wonderful…..I love it!!!!

(Additional thanks to Dave Cromwell)


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“Say Hello,Wave GoodBye” The Au Revoir Simone Interview


“Dark Halls” by Au Revoir Simone

Au Revoir Simone( Erika Forster, Annie Hart, and Heather D’Angelo) demonstrate just how layered synth music (triple keyboard action!) should work, how it can sound warm, human and emotive. True there is a glacial beauty about their sound but at no point does it ever sound cold, or detached. In the past bands who have employed drum machines and synths as their primary source of instrumentation have been accused of sounding clinical or robotic. Au Revoir Simone could never have this criticism leveled at them. Beneath the electronic frosting they have a passionately beating heart, and their songs celebrate the spirituality of nature, reflect a sense of wonder at the joy of being, and are expertly combined with sweeping synths and wistful, dreamy vocals.

These songs conjure up setting suns, mountain lakes and shimmering star fretted skies. This is music that truly transports the listener to a different place, whether its the halcyon days of those endless sun filled school holidays of yore or the warming glow of Christmas lights through a frosted window on Christmas Eve. There is without doubt a TS Eliot type quality to the feel of the music. ”In a sense “the music sounds visual” (listen to the music, close your eyes, and you`ll get what i mean) You can certainly understand why somebody like David Lynch is apparently such a fan.

But its not all hypnotic, ethereal beauty and celestial voices, they can lay down some seriously danceable pop tunes too. Their latest album “The Bird Of Music “ showcases this diversity and proves that they really are the aural equivalent of the “Aurora Borealis”.

The VPME was lucky enough to be able to grab a few minutes with 1/3rd of the band and say “Bonjour Annie”

VP: How did the three of you meet?

Annie: Erika played in my boyfriend’s band, Dirty On Purpose, and one day we were taking a train home together from a weekend in New England with friends and really hit it off. We wanted to make an all keyboard band for no particular reason other than we really like keyboards. Heather came to practice soon after hearing about the idea and our band was born.

VP: Where did the name ” Au Revoir Simone” come from, what particularly
appealed to you all about it?

Annie: It comes from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, which is one of those films that you’ve watched so much it starts forming your personality. It sounds romantic and alludes to following one’s dreams and hopes, but is also essentially dorky.

VP: Your currently touring at the moment. What are the best things and the worst things about touring? Do you have a tour rider that would put Aerosmith to shame?

Annie: The best thing about touring is getting to play every night, which we adore, especially meeting our sweet fans. The worst part is not getting much sleep, which I desperately crave. As for our rider, we’ve got an anti-oxidant-packed bunch of fruit, vegetables, dark chocolate, tea, and red wine, along with a wish for world peace. I don’t
know what Aerosmith likes to eat or hope for. (That’s probably for the best )

VP: What sort of things inspires you to write your songs. What’s the

Annie: Solo motion and movement usually gets my brain moving, like on a bike ride or a long walk. I usually get into a state where I start singing aloud to myself and some things are good enough to bring to practice and some I just forget.

VP: The current music scene? Awash with originality or the same old same old?

Annie: I think the music scene has always been creative and awash with originality and I am grateful to be part of it.

VP: I’ve read that David Lynch is your best friend. What’s all that
about then?

Annie: David is a really great person and a vocal fan of our band, which we find completely flattering and a complete honour.

VP: Over here in the UK, we feel rather embarrassed that Simon Cowell is behind the global conspiracy to stop musical creativity, and to control every aspect of Pop. What do you make of this “American Idol/Pop Idol “nonsense?

Annie: I’ve never heard of this global conspiracy to stop musical creativity. But people should feel free to be themselves and listen to their hearts instead of a T.V. show. If a judge on T.V. is making you stop being creative, you should probably stop watching so much T.V. and spend more time playing music. It’s way more fun.

VP: August and September appear to be taken up with touring NorthAmerica/Canada, what’s the plan after that?

Annie: We’re going to be opening up for AIR in Europe in November. We are quite excited about that.

VP: Sum up yourselves using only five words?

Annie: Nerdy-fun-keyboard-loving-woman


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