I asked Duncan to help out with some more info on Les Cowboys Fringants’ new album, Que du vent. I love typing French titles because they don’t require as much capitalization as English; it’s easier on the fingers, eh.
Que du vent, currently 5th on the Canadian Albums Chart, is, in fact, the band’s 8th studio album in 14 years, a very impressive accomplishment. The band consists of Jean-François Pauzé (guitar), Marie-Annick Lépine (piano and other instruments), Karl Tremblay (vocals), and Jérôme Dupras (bass). Pauzé is the primary composer while Lépine arranges the music.
Que du vent centers around the theme of meaninglessness of the world and of life. The weather vane pictured on the album cover, a device that whirls around in every direction by the wind, symbolizes modern life which has us bustling around in a hectic pace. The song “Shooters” focuses on how hard people of the Montreal suburb of Assomption (the band’s hometown) took the closure of the Electrolux plant, laying off 1,300 employees. “Hasbeen” deals with misplaced stardom. The songs address issues like poverty, lost love, and depression.
Just a month ago, Les Cowboys Fringants posted a message on their Facebook page asking fans not to vote for them in the upcoming Felix awards. Their fans ignored this, and they won Group of the Year – for the third time.
Les Cowboys Fringants Official Website