All the living and the dead [pop noisy]


Photo All the living and the deadFrench psychedelic lyric band from Poitiers (France). This is what the best webzine in the world, Splendidezine, wrote in 2002 about All the Living and the Dead’s first demo: « All The Living And The Dead are a French group with American and British influences, playing a style made popular by Canadians that ends up sounding Irish. Actually, they don’t sound Irish, exactly; it’s just that ATLATD frontwoman Virginie Lamy’s voice is highly reminiscent of the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan. The band’s vibe isn’t quite so blatantly poppy, however, and if you imagine a different sort of vocalist, it sounds at times rather similar to the « alternative singer/songwriter » genre that includes Alanis Morisette and Sarah McLachlan. Lamy professes a debt to Tori Amos as well, and the influence is especially evident on the piano-driven songs such as the beautiful « Lonely Wolf » and intense « Beauty My ». PJ Harvey is also cited as a role model, and her darker, percussive style is evident on my own favorite track, « Excuse Me », which features a nervous driving beat and the most intense singing on the disc. Siegfried Burgeot deserves mention for the drums on this track, which help create the mood with a subdued intensity that’s hard to pull off ».


(september 2003)
1. In the moon
2. M.O.R.S.E.
3. Untrue
4. Drive me
« Excuse me » is on the compilation Sounds from an old country.

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