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Nouvelle Vague brings The Dawn of Innocence to Vancouver

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Nouvelle Vague at Venue, Vancouver, Feb 5 2010. Michael Caswell photos

Preview – Nouvelle Vague at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Oct 16

The last time Nouvelle Vague played these parts, the French pop band was trashing punk rock and new wave classics with a rotating cast of lovely chanteuses at the helm. This time, the group – founded by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux –  is touring behind The Dawn of Innocence, a musical said to be inspired by fashion designer Jean-Charles De Castelbajac  (the guy who designed the coat of teddy bears once worn by Madonna).

We’re not really sure what to expect from the show this time out. However, rest assured that despite the musical trappings the band continues to perform its signature casually blasphemous takes on songs such as the Dead Kennedys’ “Too Drunk to Fuck”.  And if we can go by this review of Nouvelle Vague’s recent Los Angeles show, the current incarnation features not the usual two but three female singers (no idea who they are this time out, although an SFGate review of a show last year mentions Mareva Galanter and Adrienne Pauly; Helena Noguerra and Karina Zeviani accompanied the band last time it came through Vancouver) and quite a stage show (from neontommy.com):

“From the sexy lady dancing around her band mates wearing a tight black bodysuit and playing with a white lightsaber straight out of Star Wars on ‘A Forest’ to her surprising bike ride on ‘I Just Want To Ride My Bike’, the French collective never stopped surprising their crowd.

“One track after the other, the girls would come up with a new instrument to play with and different costumes…”

For tickets to Nouvelle Vague at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver tickets go here: www.ticketmaster.ca, or call 1-855-985-5000.

Nouvelle Vague at Venue, Vancouver, Feb 5 2010. Michael Caswell photos

Nouvelle Vague at Venue, Vancouver, Feb 5 2010. Michael Caswell photos

Nouvelle Vague at Venue, Vancouver, Feb 5 2010. Michael Caswell photos

Nouvelle Vague at Venue, Vancouver, Feb 5 2010. Michael Caswell photos

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