‘Genre-busting accordion and brass-led brew of rock, chanson, ska, gypsy, latin and Balkan ingredients served up by a high-class posse of the most active musicians on the Brussels music scene’ (the Womex-Guide, october 2009)
Here’s a cult band that – with its explosive, urban mix of music genres, rhythms, languages and cultures – has evolved into a high quality brand, appreciated by both the international press and audiences all over. Add to that the typically Belgian pinch of self-derision and understatement and the result is a band with the energy of rock (without guitars!), the improvised twist of jazz, the open-minded approach of world music and the eagerness of a street band. As you can hear on their latest album Europeana.
The title for the album finds its origins – next to many possible other links and actual connotations – in some tours of the band in Canada. The audience there (often 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation of European migrants) described the music of Jaune Toujours as both familiar (the sounds and instruments of “the old continent”) and exotic (a very own, contemporay mix, distilled from all sorts of influences). Since it is difficult to classify Jaune Toujours, why not come up with a new musical term? Europeana it is therefore; analogue to or in opposition to the musical style Americana.
Music critic Philippe De Cleen (Written in Music): “Jaune Toujours, strongly rooted in the metropolis of Brussels, seizes the socio-political actuality and embodies a thoroughly realistic but critical view on it. It is to their credit that their social commitment also provides good, pleasing and highly accessible music. The band – a real party at live concerts – delivers a fantastic and convincing stew of genres, motifs and musical styles: a hodgepodge of rock, jazz, punk,ska, afro, dub, reggae, soul and roots, mixed up by the unique Jaune Toujours blender.”
“While many are often a mere copy of other bands, that’s definitely not the case for Jaune Toujours. They are different through their refreshing attitude and approach, with songs alternating from English to French and even Dutch. It’s hard to find another band whose musical palette is so diverse, with, among others, ska, oriental / East European and funky jazz.
“Jaune Toujours deals in the most diverse tunes. The band distinguishes itself with its social message, experienced through life. The way the band puts the most diverse topics to music: traffic problems, the end of summer or the malaise in news and media. At the same time, Jaune Toujours embodies an energetic, uplifting sound which is fully present on the new album. And the band still calls things as they are: the subject of human rights is combatively raised and the political system is being questioned thoroughly. More than once we are reminded of sources of inspiration such as The Clash or Manu Chao. This is no coincidence, because the shared ideology, socially critical approach and musical background is always recognizable as Jaune Toujours blasts from your speakers. Open your ears wide and be amazed by one of the most festive funky live bands in our little country called Belgium, habibi!”
Get ready for some genuine Europeana : kick-ass roots on accordion, drums, upright bass and horns, straight from the heart of Europe. No linguistic or other borders though with singing in French, English and Dutch.
The band’s many live concerts have made them disciplined musicians, yet always ready to improvise. Jaune Toujours gigs are lively and festive, but avoid clichés and never lose musicality. All this was amply on their recent album presentation at Ancienne Belgique and Manifiesta (Belgiium 2018) and at various concerts and sessions, such as Ordogkatlan (Hungary 2018), Sommerbühne Detmold (Germany 2018), Eindeloos Eiland Festival (The Netherlands 2018), Polé Polé (Belgium 2017), Rock à Ouaga (Burkina Faso 2017), Gentse Feesten, Festival des Libertés (Belgium 2016), Veszprémi Utcazene Fesztivál (Hungary 2016), Interkomm Festival (Germany 2016), Tiszavirag Festival (Hungary 2015), Bevrijdingsfestivals (Netherlands 2015), Cerys on 6 (BBC Radio 6 Music, 2014), World on 3 (BBC Radio 3, 2014), Le Monde Est Un Village (RTBF Radio 1, 2014), Rock à Ouaga (Burkina Faso 2014), Re Re Riga (Latvia 2013), Dranouter (Belgium 2013), Cotonou Couleurs Jazz (Bénin 2012), Les Rutilants (France 2012), Ollin Kan (Portugal 2011), Winnipeg Folk Music festival (Canada 2011), Mercat de la Musica Viva de Vic (Spain 2010), Sziget (Hungary 2010). Francofolies de Montréal (Canada 2010), Womex (Denmark 2009), Francofolies de Spa and Polé Polé (Belgium 2009), Fusion (Germany 2009), Vancouver Island Music Fest, South Country Fair and Calgary Folk Music Festival (Canada 2008), Tanzfest Rudolstadt (Germany 2008), Womad and Cambridge Folk Festival (United Kingdom 2007), Couleur Café (Belgium, 2007), Paradiso, Oerol Festival, Fiesta Mundial and De Parade (The Netherlands 2007), just to name some…
Europeana (2018) is their most recent studio album since ROUTES (2013), on which Jaune Toujours continues breathing the vibes for which they are being internationally appreciated: no linguistic or other borders (singing in French, English and Dutch), catchy songs, punky attitude, drum&brass, Balkan madness, accordion dub and Belgian ska. Europeana comes as a hardcover photobook + cd, 30x30cm, with a with a selection of pictures by drummer-photographer Theophane Raballand – the album is also available on vinyl.
Jaune Toujours are overlooking more than 20 years in music. On the occasion, they released 20sth (2016), a collector’s album and box-set (limited edition). 20sth the box contains 8 albums and 9 cd’s. BRUSK (2000), CAMPING DEL MUNDO (2002) and the live album CLUB (2006) have been remastered and re-printed for this special occasion. Next to the albums BARRICADE (2004) and KOLEKTIV (2009) you can find the remix album RE :PLUGGED (2010), the last album ROUTES (2013) and the new collector’s album 20sth (2016).
Jaune Toujours Line-up: vocals & accordion Piet Maris / drums & percussion Théophane Raballand / upright bass Mathieu Verkaeren / sax soprano & clarinets Mattias Laga / trumpets Dirk Timmermans and/or Bart Maris