Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yelle in Hell

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Yelle, the French pop band fronted by Julie Budet, first came into the American pop consciousness around the end of 2007. It was a simpler time: Madonna was trying to be a 50-something hip-hop superstar, Lady Gaga barely registered on the radar with "Just Dance," and M.I.A. was the weirdest thing out there. Wearing a yellow sack dress with a giant smiley face and rap-singing in French, Yelle seemed totally out-there by comparison. But times have changed, and to shock pop audiences, you've got to wear a meat dress and pour (fake?) blood on your face. Leave it to a Frenchie to remind everyone that it's not about the antics but about the excellently produced dance songs.

Yelle took the smaller Hell stage in the Masquerade last night despite being internationally popular for over five years. Why are they still performing in small basements, you ask? Because they only sing in French. As long as they don't sing English songs, they're forever relegated to Hell.

Yelle opened the show in a hooded costume that looked like it was made from hot-glued Spanish moss taken from Savannah. The outfit covered her whole face for the entire first song before she revealed a chic giraffe print asymmetrical dress. The stage consisted of an upside-down peace sign "Y" that looked like it was made of aluminum foil. The petite Yelle has a snaggletooth and a strong nose, the kind of features that only a French woman can pull off. For her last costume change, she donned a red leopard print bodysuit with a hood. The two male band members wore safari guide outfits referencing their latest album Safari Disco Club.

Their Frenchified English was one of the cute highlights of the show. At one point they asked the crowd if they knew French. "Yeah!!" exclaimed the audience. Yelle gave a little "yeah, right" smirk. Later, she asked the audience to sing along to their hit "Je Veux Te Voir," but the best the crowd could do is make the last sound of each line. For their song "Que veux-tu," they asked the audience to hold up a heart-sign with both of their hands together. This kind of hoakiness would never pass at any other concert, let alone a dance show, but since it was said in a cute French accent, everyone obliged.

The group ended the show with a mash-up of the original "A Cause Des Garcons," their cover of the 1987 French hit, with the now ubiquitous TEPR remix that brought the Tecktonik dance trend to America.

French Horn Rebellion, the opening band, was not actually French but from Milwaukee. Their music aimed for a mix of MSTRKRFT and Passion Pit but ended up sounding like keyboards with the occasional French horn thrown in. They were all around terrible but had good energy.

A cause de Yelle, j'ai dansé mon ass off.

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