almost every town we play, someone from New Orleans has come to see
us and tell us what's happening there," Leclère said.
"I've never been to New Orleans, but I saw the eyes of these
people and it seems that there is a big problem there. They see their
president talking about liberation for people abroad while there is
starving and dying in their own country. Something should be done
Since he's been in this country, Leclère said he notices
he speaks about things he would never speak about in Europe. "I'm
really fond of American music and the politics," he said. "I
have to check for myself what your government is trying to hide
or forget about. I'm here on tour to see what's happening from the
people. I'm left with nothing but feelings of kindness and hospitality
from everyone we meet."
He's also amazed by the quality of musicianship. "We've met
so many good musicians," he said. "We usually play with
two or three other bands on the bill and most of the time they're
really good and we're really glad to meet them. You're lucky you
have so many venues -- punk, classical, folk or reggae, you can
It's quite a contrast from Finland, where playing a gig is almost
impossible for a struggling musician. "It's very expensive,"
Leclère said. "There are five or six venues, and all
ask for 1,000 Euros (from the band) to play. There are many musicians
in Finland and France, but you never meet them. It's not like the
states because you can actually meet musicians here on the road."
These days, the couple says they're happy being homeless. "We
live in our car now," Leclère said. "We're on the
road. We've been on the road since last fall and it's nice."
When their U.S. tour winds down March 10 in New York, Leclère
says the duo will head back to Northern Europe, Germany and France
to tour some more, and then head back to the U.S. "We're thinking
of renting a place and staying here awhile and touring some more,"
he said, adding that they've been inspired by the latest Cat Power
CD, The Greatest.
"Her new record is fantastic," Leclère said. "She
(Chan Marshall) added color and flavor to her compositions by working
with Memphis musicians. We want that same kind of color and flavor
to mix with our music."
Published in The Omaha Reader Feb. 8, 2006.
Copyright © 2006 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
see their president talking about liberation for people abroad
while there is starving and dying in their own country. Something
should be done about that."