"Venir au Monde", Manu Lanvin's first album, released in 2000, made us want to follow him in his refined and personal blues-rock compisitions.
His second album, "Les Temps Mauvais", confirms Manu Lanvin's place on the new French Pop-Rock scene !
...strength and delicacy, raw musical emotions, a true blues-rock voice and sensitive compositions...
"Les Temps Mauvais" has been released in France on June 14th, 2004
and is available at www.amazon.fr
Discover "On s'en ira", taken from the album, in the AUDIO section
and listen to : " Tout ou Presque "
feat. Manu from DOLLY, in the AUDIO section
released on March 8th, 2005.
He looks at home, walking into this Parisian Pigalle café. With the detachment of some sort of sentimental pirate and the seriousness of a modern young man focused on the subject. From his backpack, he's taking out his laptop, as well as his travelling memories, determination, Victor Hugo quotes, chilhood impressions, memorable melodies, harmonical romanticism and a universe that seems even more real and acurate than our little world. All of this in a CD, his album. His second effort, but the first one that truly sounds like him.
Lanvin, does this ring a bell ? Well, not the chocolate. Cinema. Manu doesn't talk much about it, but still a little bit. " Being artist, from father to son, even in a different area, this sometimes surprises people. It's so evident though, as if a certain knowledge was transmitted. First guitar at 10, first bands with school pals, first week-ends on the road around 15 or 16, first meeting with (French Rock band) Dolly, first advices given by Bernie Bonvoisin (lead singer of mythical band Trust), who's had me face the classics. Hendrix, Led Zep, Jeff Beck,… I went back to the blues, and Robert Johnson's devil made me believe in heaven. " First album, " Venir au Monde " (Coming To The World). " I should've listened to Paul Personne, he didn't recognise me when listening to the album. I had been given so many complexes about my love for that 70's sound that I lost myself in it. I found myself back again when I started playing with David (Jacob, a gifted and creative bass player almost " stolen " by the American scene).
The composer in Manu Lanvin cherishes the apparent simplicity ; the singer in him loves the taste of an interactive and shared show ; the author strikes with his impactful lyrics. No diversions, but in his own particular way. " Because my only goal is this bus tour, and my band, and a show every night. I leave fame and bank accounts to TV presenters. What I love is giving people a kick. " Anyone else saying this would appear as suspicious, but Manu's path and course confirms it all. He deals with softness and sharp edges as some rational child would. No showing off. Nothing fake. He's put all there is in him into this second album. Empowered by the presence of David Jacob (" He's got a vision of harmony that pushes me always further ", Manu says) and Steve Prestage, the studio wizzard (Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Gary Moore, De Palmas, etc.).
Surrounded by such a magical pop club, Manu has worked on his romantic (while detached) version of strong minimalism, as some of his references do. " People like Otis Redding or Nina Simone can say it all in a whisper, in two sentences, in a verse. " His album may remind De Palmas from time to time, but does it bother him ? " I don't listen to his music, but I'm sure we listen to the same things. Steve Prestage told me he is a Black Crowes fan, just like me. So, if our roads ever cross… " Honest artists get fulfilled destinies. Manu also gets to deliver some inventive arpegios, underlined by Camille Bazbaz's keyboards and Diabolo's harmonica.
Manu opens the red curtain. But it's a raw white light coming out. Les Temps Mauvais ? (" Bad Times ") " I've always wanted to create music to dance by or to cry by ", he says. " The world is in tears nowadays. And I love philosophical tales. I'm telling Mario's story, a Croatian sniper I met over there. The sun in his eyes, death in mind, life does not weigh much sometimes… like a song. " (" Sniper ")
Globe-dreamer (" The Earth is a beautiful object. ") and realistic nomad, Manu is walking by the greatest feelings towards the world's melancholy. " I appreciate words that awake collective emotions, that's the reason for " Les Temps Mauvais ". Words that also tell we've started recording the album during Autumn, and we finished it on Spring's first day. Romantics loved these translation periods. Leaving some place to get to another one… " And Manu's pop-rock probably left some other place, far away, to come us.