Here’s a cult band that – with its explosive, urban mix of music genres, rhythms, languages and cultures – has evolved into a high quality brand, appreciated by both the international press and audiences all over. Add to that the typically Belgian pinch of self-derision and understatement and the result is a band with the energy of rock (without guitars!), the improvised twist of jazz, the open-minded approach of world music and the eagerness of a street band. As you can hear on their latest album Europeana.
The title for the album finds its origins – next to many possible other links and actual connotations – in some tours of the band in Canada. The audience there (often 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation of European migrants) described the music ofJaune Toujours as both familiar (the sounds and instruments of “the old continent”) and exotic (a very own, contemporay mix, distilled from all sorts of influences). Since it is difficult to classify Jaune Toujours, why not come up with a new musical term? Europeana it is therefore; analogue to or in opposition to the musical style Americana.
Music critic Philippe De Cleen (Written in Music): “Jaune Toujours, strongly rooted in the metropolis of Brussels, seizes the socio-political actuality and embodies a thoroughly realistic but critical view on it. It is to their credit that their social commitment also provides good, pleasing and highly accessible music..The band – a real party at live concerts – delivers a fantastic and convincing stew of genres, motifs and musical styles: a hodgepodge of rock, jazz, punk,ska, afro, dub, reggae, soul and roots, mixed up by the unique Jaune Toujours blender.”
“While many are often a mere copy of other bands, that’s definitely not the case for Jaune Toujours.They are different through their refreshing attitude and approach, with songs alternating from English to French and even Dutch. It’s hard to find another band whose musical palette is so diverse, with, among others, ska, oriental / East European and funky jazz. “Jaune Toujours deals in the most diverse tunes. The band distinguishes itself with its social message, experienced through life. The way the band puts the most diverse topics to music: traffic problems, the end of summer or the malaise in news and media. At the same time, Jaune Toujours embodies an energetic, uplifting sound which is fully present on the new album. And the band still calls things as they are: the subject of human rights is combatively raised and the political system is being questioned thoroughly. More than once we are reminded of sources of inspiration such as The Clash or Manu Chao. This is no coincidence, because the shared ideology, socially critical approach and musical background is always recognizable as Jaune Toujours blasts from your speakers. Open your ears wide and be amazed by one of the most festive funky live bands in our little country called Belgium, habibi!”
Get ready for some genuine Europeana : kick-ass roots on accordion, drums, upright bass and horns, straight from the heart of Europe. No linguistic or other borders though with singing in French, English and Dutch.