Move your feet to Le Pied de la Pompe!



Recently, Alliance française du Bengale in partnership with The Calcutta School of Music presented French festive rock band Le Pied de la Pompe! Known to perform on various genres including a mix of pop, rock and electro. The band members include Gérôme Briard, Erwann Cornec and Fred Mariolle.

How did your band come together?

Gerome and I play together for 15 years. We created Le Pied de la Pompe in 2007. Fred (electric guitarist) joined us in 2013.

How did you come up with the band name- Le Pied de la Pompe?

Le Pied de la pompe  is a word game. Pied for foot (we used to play on stage with different instrument with our feet:  drum, midi keyboards), Pompe for pump which is a rhythmical technique on guitar but as well a familiar word for shoe.

For someone not familiar with your music, how would you describe your sound?

French pop, folk rock songs.

Tell us about the  messages behind some of your popular tracks?

Gerome who pens down the lyrics is almost all the time inspired by the very simple things in life. Current life themes, society facts, travels … The Other, the human being is always at the center of his preoccupations.


Do you feel marketing is important in shaping a band, or do you think good music is all it takes to break the wall?

They are both linked. However, I think that if the music cannot break the walls, it can break the frontiers and gather people. 

What are some good things that you remember about the tour?

It would be impossible to sum-up in a few words what we experienced during this tour in India. We shall certainly never forget the moments we shared with people in the different workshops we practiced. The whole tour was an incredible experience.

If you could change one thing in the music world and it would become a reality, what would that be?

Maybe more and more mix of different musical culture ...

What is your word of advice for aspiring bands?

Play for fun, being inspired and never give up.

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