Trés Oui Are ‘Poised to Flourish’ With Their Latest Album

“Pop songs straight from the foul rag and bone shop of the heart”: the quaint yet totally puzzling metaphor that Trés Oui uses to describe their sound. Although upon first glance it’s a statement that’s so endearingly extra it makes you feel a little dizzy, as soon as your ears stumble upon their music, and latest album ‘Poised to Flourish’ you’ll instantly understand its meaning.

The band describes that they take their inspiration from artists like Tom Petty, and try to capture his fun melodic style and catchiness in their music. Trés Oui manage to seize this sound perfectly with their mischievous pop melodies, jingly jangly guitars, and shimmying 80’s soundtrack.

Tracks like their debut single ‘Séance’ from their upcoming album proves this just right. With its continuous rhythm, its beat is infectious, causing you to hum along to the tune all day. Just like their latest single, ‘Red Wine and Dry Ice’ it’s a song impossible not to love. Despite the utterly 80’s feel and drizzle of psychedelic sounds, ‘Red Wine and Dry Ice’ shows off the bands versatility bringing rock and roll vibes to the forefront. It’s a single all of it’s own, with an abundance of genres operating together to make something completely unique.

Despite choosing ‘Séance’ and ‘Red Wine and Dry Ice’ as the albums singles, Trés Oui count ‘One Track’ as their favorite, and the one they get the most excited about from the album, explaining “We think it’s very like-a-bull (because it has horns).”

With such a wide variety of tracks, and fun jumble of sounds fusing together, it’s easy to tell the sheer amount of support behind the sound. The band describe that their influenced by “new bands and old friends” so when it comes to writing songs, every one of them gets stuck in. With a plethora of talent and experience between them, the music just flows from them naturally, describing in their own words “the songs themselves are just what happens”. Despite their natural ear for great music, this doesn’t stop Trés Oui pursuing progression, they express “We are always just trying to write one better than the last one.”

With such an engaging group dynamic, you’d think the band had been together much longer than just a year. However, you wouldn’t be far wrong believing this, as the guys have actually worked together before in the band Literature. But with such a similar group of guys, how does Trés Oui differ to that of Literature? In their own words, the band describes, Trés Oui might be more interested in subtleties and rounded corners. We want the songs to be in your head, but we don’t want to force our way in there. More of a hug than a handshake.”

It seems that this new approach to making music has gone down a storm, with an incredible response from fans. After being invited to play Athens Pop Fest after their west coast, the guys were honored, and now hope to reach even more people with their latest album.

But what’s the next stop for Trés Oui’s journey? The year is looking bright, and list looking long for the bands 2018 plans, with arrangements to head to the northeast for the first time as a band, and write more songs that might feature on a new EP. The guys say, “The writing is the most fun part, while the waiting, we all know, is the hardest part.”

Luckily for us, we don’t need to wait too long for the next exciting stop on Trés Oui’s journey. With their Austin shows closely approaching, including performing at the incredible Hotel Vegas in February, which the guys excitedly say, “we can’t wait to play”.

Très Oui will play a record release show at Austin’s Hotel Vegas on February 17th and SXSW in March (details TBA.) Poised To Flourish is currently available for pre-order here.

Author: Bethany Judge (BJ)

Friday Free Week Takeover at The Mohawk

Once a year the city of Austin puts on Free Week, seven days full of live music in venues all over town showcasing some of the best local talent the capital city has to offer.

Friday night seemed to be the peak of Free Week with several amazing acts playing both stages of The Mohawk located in the Red River Cultural District.

Kicking off the evening on the inside stage was Très Oui, whose EP Singles Going Nowhere was a top release in 2017 including a ‘Best of 2017’ pick from Austin’s home staple Waterloo Records. Making a rare appearance as a three-piece, the dream-pop act powered through their set playing several tracks from their upcoming LP which is slated to release later this year. The set went from guitar-driven shoegaze similar to acts like Diiv or Beach House to uptempo dance jams resulting in everyone in attendance moving along.

Following Très Oui on the inside stage was personal favorite Lola Tried, a 4-piece rock outfit led by vibrant frontwoman Lauren Burton and master shredder Ray Garza. As always with a Lola Tried set, you received a performance with the amps cranked to eleven full of hair whipping and a sweet serenade from Burton’s vocals which flip from aggressive angst to a soft caress at a moment’s notice. After powering through “San Marcos” from their 2017 EP Popsicle Queen, the group ended their set with a distortion fueled climax that left ears bleeding, in a good way. We’re also in luck because Lola Tried announced that they have an upcoming LP set to drop later this year that I’ll make sure to grab upon its release.

Immediately after on the outside stage was guitar maiden Emily Wolfe, who I’ve heard endless talk about but had yet to catch live until this night. Little did I know that this would be one of the greatest sets I’ve ever witnessed by any band, not just local acts. For a three-piece, Wolfe and company generated enough sound to fill an arena with her southern guitar riffs ripping through the night sky. Switching it up from power metal ballads similar to Austin’s The Sword, to down tempo blues tracks reminiscent of Janis Joplin or Gary Clark Jr., the spectrum of sound and talent proves she can do it all and is Austin’s inevitable next star.

As soon as her set ended, the crowd erupted in a chant for an immediate encore. The people, myself included, needed one more song. Off schedule, Emily came back out to give us a final send-off by playing a cover of Wolfmother’s hit song “Woman” causing the entire venue to belt out the lyrics right back to her. Emily Wolfe is without a doubt Austin’s rock n’ roll Goddess and she earned a lifetime fan after her performance. If you get the opportunity to see her live, do it. You will not regret it and I’ll see you there.

Headlining the outside stage and the night’s final act was Los Coast, who are no stranger to The Mohawk having had a month long residency in November. Coming out to a funk driven jam, this switched the atmosphere from Arena Rock to a hybrid of funk, soul, and blues. One of the most diverse sounding acts in the city, Los Coast somehow took me to church, funkytown, and the Mississippi delta all in the same set. Frontman Trey Privott magically channels the late Charles Bradley in his vocals belting out that vintage sound of all the great soul artists before him. Everyone in attendance was dancing along to the groove hits and incredible keyboard riffs from Nat Wright. It’s hard to imagine a band doing a more diverse set than what Los Coast does on any given night.

Free Week was without a doubt a huge success this year and I walked away with several new favorite acts to check out on a regular basis. Luckily for the fans, several new LP’s are in the works for this year from all of these great artists. If you weren’t at The Mohawk on Friday, you missed out on a one of a kind show. Just take a look at the photos below.

Los Coast

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Emily Wolfe

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Lola Tried

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Très Oui

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Article and photos by: Matthew Carlin @yo_mtv_matt