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Savoir Adore & French Horn Rebellion

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Electro-pop dance duo French Horn Rebellion and Indie lit pop-rock darlings Savoir Adore are a creatively incestuous band — jumbling band members for live performances, recordings, mixings and music video cameos. Deciphering who is a full-time member in what band can only be done with a web/flow chart and a retractable pointer for emphasis.

Whether these musical acts are playing together or apart, each group is heralded for their success in their respective genre. Savoir Adore has been steadily building its buzz after releasing their highly anticipated full length album, In the Wooded Forest earlier this year. French Horn Rebellion meanwhile has been developing a strong reputation for their monthly Brass Magic dance parties and their single, "Beaches Friends" has been remixed by the likes of the Twelves, Hey Champ and Database.

The familiarity between the two bands' members translates to an impressive high energy party and live performance punctuated with fist pumping and book ended with unabashed dancing. If you had a long week or are bracing yourself for a game, "Family Patronizing Bombardment" this holiday season, just "dance it out" like an a-hole Friday, December 18th at 11PM at Cameo Gallery where Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion are co-headling.

SAVOIR ADORE

1. What is your relationship with French Horn Rebellion?

Best friends! David plays keyboard and guitar in Savoir Adore. Deidre sings in FHR. Paul plays drums in FHR. David Perlick-Molinari is dating Deidre Muro. Robert Perlick-Molinari dates Paul Hammer's sister. An inspiring tangled web...

2. When Savoir Adore performs, you play as a five piece but when you record, Savoir Adore is just a duo. How does the dynamic of your live band differ given the additional band mates?

It's definitely different. Given the nature of our recording process, we always knew our songs were going to sound and feel different live, especially because Deidre and I would no longer be in control of every element. This dynamic is exciting though — and to have [bassist Sasha, drummer Timmy and David] add their own touch makes our live performances feel fresh and spontaneous.

3. Earlier this year, Savoir Adore released their full length album In The Wooded Forest which naturally included some gems you'd already been performing prior. How do you keep your set fresh and new to your more loyal fans?

It's difficult for sure. We try and mix up sets with segues, new intros and instrumental transitions so it's a different experience ever time. We also try to incorporate "nuggets" from our ever-expanding catalog, as transitions or mini-pieces. It's definitely important to keep our sets fresh, for ourselves and for our fans.

4. Savoir Adore is critically praised for its impressive live musicianship which from an audience perspective looks both sweaty and draining. How do you physically feel after a show? Emotionally feel?

Thrilled, exhausted yet energized. Paul often needs some kind of refueling... usually in the form of tacos. It'll be especially intense Friday night; back to back sets = a very sweaty event.


FRENCH HORN REBELLION

1. What is your relationship with Savoir Adore?

We are partners in international music making and crime fighting.

2. It's an undisputed fact that New York crowds are especially critical of live Indie acts. How do you motivate your audience to dance (or at very least smile while shifting their weight)?

Well, New York crowds, I think, are great. We are the same people everywhere we go and have tons of fun. I think fun may be contagious.

3. Your latest single, "Beaches and Friends" (and its onslaught of remixes from the Twelves, Hey Champ and Database) sounds like it should be everyone's spring break anthem. Does it feel out of place to perform this song in the middle of a New York December?

No because the song is about the mysterious and elusive ways that your muse plays with you. I feel like in the winter your muse just gets more mysterious and elusive. It doesn't matter the season, we keep saying, "We gotta get back to the shore" and it reminds us of where we should be creatively.

4. French Horn Rebellion just wrapped a mini-tour with Tigercity and remixed their song, "Ancient Lover." Have you guys received any guidance from Tigercity — be it direct or indirect advice?

Yes. I believe they agreed with me that Paul Hammer and Jane Hammer in fact do look alike... I mean they are siblings. And I think indirectly [Tigercity has] encouraged us to continue to be ourselves. They thought we were nuts when we took a pit stop in Orlando to go to Disney world but they said it was a good kind of nuts.

-- by Janice Chou

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