French Rock Farmers The Inspector Cluzo Release New Album WE THE PEOPLE OF THE SOIL
This release marks a decade of being a band for TIC (Laurent Lacrouts and Mathieu Jourdain). The two live a double life like you might read about in novels - six months on their farm in the Gascony region of France taking care of their geese and ducks, their stubborn goat, and growing corn - then six months on the road all over the world. In a recent interview with Planet Rock Magazine, Lacrouts said "to be free men you have to be independent".
True to their own words, they run their own farm and grow their own food. TIC has no manager and no booking agent. They have their own record label, where they release their own music, and over the past 10 years they have played over 1000 gigs in 60 countries.
TIC is currently on tour across the US with Clutch, and will also make an appearance atShaky Knees in May. Other festival stops for the duo include Vive Latino in Mexico,Lollapalooza Chile, Lollapalooza Brazil, Grito Latino Fest in Costa Rick, Wanagain Festival in France and Check in Party in France.
Stay up to date with the band at theinspectorcluzo.com.
WE THE PEOPLE OF THE SOIL TOUR
Mar 1- Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom
Mar 2 - Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
Mar 3 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
Mar 4 - Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
Mar 6 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theater
Mar 8 - Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
Mar 9 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Mar 10 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
Mar 13 - Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Mar 14 - Green Bay, WI @ Green Bay Distillery
Mar 15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Center
Mar 18 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Mar 19 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Mar 17 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Vive Latino
Mar 29 - Santiago, Chile @ Lollapalooza Chile
Mar 31 -San Jose, Costa Rica @ Grito Latino Fest
April 7 - São Paulo, Brazil @ Lollapalooza Brazil
April 27 - Clénay, France @ Wanagain Festival
May 5 - Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Fest
Aug 23 - Guéret, France @ Check in Party
The Inspector Cluzo plays their own kind of country music, their kind of folk music - a sort of folk music, if you like, but not at all folksy - it's much too electric and furious for that. In any case, nothing would be more unfair than to try to put these raging ambassadors into a charming folklore box.
It is easy to see that they are one of a kind, they don't hold back. The Inspector Cluzo are proud of their heritage - they abandoned promising careers as overqualified scientists, in order to work on the land. They are both proud and eager to represent their region and their local traditions, but they don't want to fall into the category of being a local band. Their land is where Laurent and Mathieu share ideas, blow off steam, learn and discover things - that's their stage, their natural habitat where they relentlessly go about their daily unpretentious routine. But they've got another land - and that is wherever people are - people they meet and talk with from Japan to South America. Their big plot of land is the world - people and places - to visit, to explore. Their smaller plot of land is Lou Casse, their farm in the Landes, in the southwest of France - that's where their physical labor allows them to break away from the incessant brain hyperactivity - 24/7 - anytime, day or night, you can receive an email from these guys who are bothered by what you might think is a small detail, or awakened by what may seem to be a trivial thing. As the Americans say, idle hands are the devil's workshop. But that's how these guys create their music and prepare for their concerts, cleverly hiding behind their genuine good-natured nonchalance.
Music of the people, music of the earth - boots caked with mud and blues . . . Every concert is played with a full display of celebration - every concert is a victory for these two guys - these self-proclaimed Rock Farmers - Gentlemen Farmers also because of their old-style manners and courtesy - and for their respect for the old way of doing things. This is also what connects them to the roots of soul and blues - but electrified by a fiery spirit of urgency, by fury and anger.
During their concerts, The Inspector Cluzo creates a sort of mantra, fully charged with high decibels, finishing their concerts dripping with sweat - exhausted but alive, fully alive. As their neighbor, Daniel Ducournau says in the Rockfarmer documentary, 'There's always room for a chapel next to the cathedral' He's talking about agriculture, but that goes for general culture as well. The Inspector Cluzo is free and independent, because Laurent and Mathieu are free and independent - They don't listen to those who give orders. They are their own label, their own editor, their own manager, their own agent - and they've found that they can get along very well without a bass player. It's their level of thriftiness - on a human scale. Here drums, guitar and voice is all they need to write universal music - a rough sort of blues, with the force of revolt and passion.
The Inspector Cluzo's new album, that celebrates their ten years as a duo, is called We the People of the Soil. "It's a song but it's also a story about the earth - our Earth - it's the message we keep trying to spread - Never cut yourself off from the earth - never lose your connection with the soil".