For its first journey to India, One Rusty Band is doing fairly effectively. After stealing the limelight at World Isai Competition in Chennai, it carried out on the Mumbai version and is now in Pune.
The French duo has garnered consideration within the metropolis for its soiled blues fashion of music, the sort of rock and roll which calls for that you just transfer to it.
Greg, the musical half of the band, performs guitars, each blues and electrical, protecting time on the snare drum and cajon together with his toes, alternating between harmonica and vocals — all concurrently, in a powerful sight.
Naturally, he appears to be like misplaced in a world of his personal. To not fear, standing subsequent to him partaking the crowds to rise up and dance is his accomplice Lea. With ‘adorkable’ expressions, she does acrobatics and faucet dancing.
Lea is the rhythm half of the duo — her dancing isn’t only a visible element, however provides a layer of percussion to the music. She additionally performs the tambourine and washboard, which she wears like a breastplate. In the event that they remind you of European avenue artistes, it’s with good motive.
All of it started within the streets of Toulouse, France, for Greg and Lea, who’re married and have been collectively for 11 years now. This undertaking, they are saying, is their child.
“We started as street performers five years ago,” says Greg. “Before that she actually worked with a circus in Mexico, and I was in another rock band.” He factors to Lea sitting beside him on a sofa at Starbucks in Phoenix MarketCity. They’ve simply completed their efficiency on the World Isai Competition once we meet. Packing the huge set of devices they journey with has taken them over half an hour, and they’re now unwinding with sizzling tea.
“It is difficult as it is for artiste couples, but staying in different countries made it even more so. We wanted to live together, and we realised that the only way to do so would be to work together,” chips in Lea.
Lea began studying how one can faucet dance for this undertaking, calling it her one massive problem, and YouTube, her pal. “About a couple of years ago, I finally went to an actual dance school and realised that what I do is not tap dance at all,” she laughs. Historically, faucet is danced to jazz music, however Lea modifies the choreography to go along with the rock and roll, blues-y music they create.
Sure, although it’s Greg who first thinks up the harmonies, it’s after he jams with Lea, who dances and brings within the rhythm to it, that the tune lastly takes form. One in every of their songs, ‘Train to New Orleans’, makes use of harmonica and the tambourine to sound like a practice chugging alongside, and right into a station earlier than it stops to a grand halt.
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Being a visible band, fashion is simply as vital to them. Greg has normal a mic out of the speaker of an outdated rotary phone, and made three guitars — one formed like a cigar field — all of which he performs.
Lea declares Greg a ‘one-man band’, and he says, “I must separate the devices in my mind, every follows its personal studying like increase tah increase tah…” he begins vocalising. “You just have to keep training.”
She interjects, “The first time he tried it, I remember him complaining, ‘It is not possible, I can’t do it, I can’t do it’.” She appears to be like towards him, brushing his arm, and provides, “But you picked it up in one month, it was so impressive.”
Whereas Greg cites Jimi Hendrix and ‘70s blues as his inspiration, Lea is an enormous fan of Stomp, a US-based percussion group. “They create percussion with absolutely anything… A table, glasses, feet…” In India, Lea has danced with kathak dancers and jammed with a tabla participant.
Although they’re touring many international locations now, they appear again fondly on the times they performed on the streets. “Here, people come to listen to us. But on the streets, there was always a chance that you touched someone who was a stranger to our music,” says Lea.