Dionysos – Thank you Satan

Posted: June 18, 2012 in Introducing, Video
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Dionysos are a six-piece, six-album rock band hailing from the Rhône-Alpes région in south-west France, one of the country’s 27 regional jigsaw pieces. The band hit homeland fame with their first major label record release entitled Haiku (Coccinelle video here). It is for two reasons that Dionysos are special: their eccentricity and their linguistic abilities.

To illustrate the first point, Dionysos have songs in their locker called bizarre things like Le Roi en pyjama [The King in pyjamas] … L’homme qui pondait des œufs [the man who lays eggs] and Le retour de Bloody Betty [the return of Bloody Betty]. Secondly, the act fronted by Mathias Malzieu write and sing in both French and English. How many English bands can reciprocate?

A particular song I have chosen to extract from the Dionysos catalogue is called Thank you Satan. Taken from the group’s Whatever the Weather: Electrique album (2003), Thank you Satan is a romp of a tune that grows in force towards an eventual blunderbuss impact. A ukulele – overlaid with Élisabeth Maistre‘s soothing voice – provides an alluring yet harmless opening, only to be replaced by feathery violin strings and Malzieu’s pitch-perfect vocals. Later a baritone guitar begins the devastating march towards the end.

 

Dionysos (named after the Greek god of wine, theatre & ecstasy) certainly instill ritual madness in the listener with this frenzy of strings and percussions. More infectious than a supervirus…

Another reason I like this song is because of the Leo Ferre album hommage on the YouTube video which recalls the album art of The Futureheads – News & Tributes. Oh and the lyrics, which can be viewed here underneath the clip, are fantastic. References to the Bastille, Mr Mozart, Chateau Margaux and mon préféré – “the laughter of skulls”.

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Comments
  1. Wow, this is awesome. And I don’t understand a drop of French. But I love how lyric-heavy it is. Would you say this song is representative of the rest of their stuff?

    • thereviewer says:

      I think if one thing is typical about this band, it is that they are atypical! Malzieu’s vocals are more or less a constant feature, Maistre does chip in and complement at other times too. They seem like mavericks, hence the comparison compare with Bellowhead…

      J’aime cet chanson aussi:

  2. I listened to a bunch of their stuff on Spotify, and I really liked it. Being a lyrics person, I typically have trouble getting into stuff that’s in a language I don’t understand. But this music is pretty flippin’ awesome.

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