Zone and Matmatah
anticipation, as for a football match, preceded this long-awaited event,
in which two very distinct Finistère groups were to play together the
brand of celtic rock fast growing in popularity at the moment in Brittany.
On one side, amateurs, and on the other, professionals. Kilts and bagpipes
from Briec started out with their beating drums, while Black-Label Zone,
who practice at home « chez eux », started off with a very slow-moving
number...They strung the audience along for quite a while, and as the
tension mounted, some 6000 people waited expectantly for the inevitable
outburst. It came. The percussion went wild, as the group of seven in
black hats and sunglasses played « Blues Brothers ».
electric storm ensued, with sound unfolding in a blaze of colour. The
bagpipes launched into sambas and reggae. Scottish tradition was lost
to view in the storm. The overall effect, and the one that will be remembered,
was that of a big broom-sweep for the Festival de Cornouaille, and for
Brittany, and the impression that renewal and renaissance are inevitable
« The Lann Bihoué hard core couldn’t believe their ears when they heard
us for the first time about a year ago. We’ve adapted traditional techniques
to the sound of rock » explains Michel, the group’s bass guitar player.
We won the gamble. The style has unfolded, roughly, but another bonus
has come out of it - closeness.... » Musically, the group demonstrates
great professionalism, and in human terms, approachability, and this
has seduced the public. The excitement in the audience could scarcely
rise any more when Matmatah came on stage. But this youthful audience
were carried along on a tide of good feeling, and the group from Brest
arrived on stage to an energetic welcome with all the amphitheatre in
full voice, and success was total. To celebrate at the end, Matmatah
invited Black-Label Zone back on stage for a last armoricain « bœuf
». Without pomp or ceremony, a sense of great triumph, and most importantly,
a sense of the forward progress of Breton music.
interview de Black Label Zone...