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“French horn is hard to play. Making hot beats is fun. Let’s make a band.”
Love Is Dangerous in the big, bad city where late nights always bring out swingers on party patrol, hipster suits in dark alleys, beat-boxers at street corners and Poster Girls with Broken Hearts. It’s Friday Night, baby and French Horn Rebellion’s dance card is Void and Fancy Free.
FHR is Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, two Brooklyn-based brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2007, while hanging on a heartstring and daydreaming of Beaches and Friends, Robert had been playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, got restless and decided to turn all attention to making dance music. After informing his conductor that Mahler isn’t fun anymore, Robert asked bassoon- toting older brother, David, to share this epiphany of self-emancipation. Our sordid tale of French Horn Rebellion’s mission to deliver NextJackSwingto The Body Electric begins here.
Explains Robert, “We were trying to think of a way to engage kids who play in orchestra or band, and say, ‘Hey. You guys can have fun too and this is how you do it.’ That’s when the wheels started turning – we could make music the way we want to, and it’s OK.”
David offers, “We realized that we had the power to create something of our own. The rebellion was about accepting wholeheartedly the uniqueness of who we are and using that as a driving force. We had to rebel against the status quo and focus on what drove us internally.”
These self-proclaimed band geeks gone wild (BGGW) are often Up All Night crafting witty, hook-laden grooves, making reverent noise or Dancing Out on tour with a program of disco-etched lights, hi-octane special guests and a keg full of party-starter anthems. It’s the French Horn Rebellion creed. “Could we really be having This Moment?” The answer is an explosive and resounding “Hell, Yeah!” FHR effortlessly weave between the seams of buzzy indie dance, electro, funk and psychedelia through to visceral new wave, rock and ambitious pop. David and Robert’s sly productions, smart songs and giddy live shows manage to infuse their devoted disciples with a compulsive and joyous energy.
As FHR’s resident pied piper, Robert concedes this bit of affable insight, “I play French horn really, really loud. That’s the number one thing – live and loud! We’re running around and ripping off Jimi Hendrix solos on French horn. It’s the equivalent of a pizza party in band class with Teddy Riley on the jukebox.”
David’s practical wisdom believes “Our rebellion is about getting the true, everyday meaning of being alive and forcing the bull-s**t out!”
French Horn Rebellion fan favorites like “Girls,” “Caaalifornia,” “Last Summer,” “Johnny Smash,” “Swing Into It” or the band’s inspired cover of The Human League’s perennial classic, “Don’t You Want Me” continue to cement their NextJackSwing global takeover aspirations in the studio and on the road.
“Next Jack Swing is a genre we’ve created from the ‘New Jack Swing’ or ‘Swing Beat’ tradition of the late 80’s and early 90s, but using today’s technology to make the beats heavier, with funkier bass lines, and of course, putting in our own flair…” begins Robert with a knowing, mischievous tone. David finishes the missive, “…It’s New Jack’s kid brother seasoned by sweaty, basement dance-rages of eternal groove. It exposes everything we love about dance music!”
Over the years, French Horn Rebellion’s emotive pop singles, illustrious dance e.p.’s, well-tailored remixes and an acclaimed album debut, “The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion” have received high praise, acclaim and obsession by such media hubs as: The Huffington Post, Billboard, BBC Radio 1, Entertainment Weekly, Jay Z’s Life & Times, Interview Magazine, Spotify, Rolling Stone, VIBE, The Guardian, Bust, Mashable, Thissongissick, NY Daily News, VEVO, Q Magazine and Time Out. Additionally, FHR have had 10 self-released singles and mixes storm the top of the influential Hype Machine chart.
With their new record label, Ensemble Records enjoying a glorious bow this Summer introducing Slaptop‘s smash “Sunrise” (in conjunction with +1 Records) and a busy Williamsburg-based production compound and studio,YouTooCanWoo, churning out the hits, The Perlick-Molinari brothers of French Horn Rebellion are living their D.I.Y. manifesto to the fullest, noting the best is yet to come. It’s clear that the group’s engaging performer, A&R chief and French Horn-toting label honcho, Robert – partnered with David, the introspective studio geek, world domination enthusiast and production perfectionist, are gearing up for an international rebel party coup. FHR know You’re All Right and want to assist with a bit of exclusive party intel.
David knowingly states, “A way the world can feel worthwhile is for its individuals to lead the charge. We are all worth the time and energy. This dance party is where we celebrate!”
Robert breaks it down even further, “I equate orchestra players with middle-class workers. You play the music on the page, listen to the conductor and go home. And I think orchestra players aren’t appreciated, much like today’s working man. That’s why it’s a rebellion: working guys, rebel!”
SHOWS:10/16 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live10/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery10/24 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage10/25 – Dallas, TX @ So & So’s10/27 – El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace10/28 – Tucson, AZ @ club congress10/29 – San Diego @ Soda Bar10/30 – Tijuana, MEX @ Mous Tache10/31 – Los Angeles, CA @The Satellite (halloween)11/1 – San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods11/2 – Sacramento, CA @ LowBrau11/3 – Portalnd, OR @ Mississippi Studios11/4 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project11/6 – Boise, ID @ Crazy Horse11/14 – Minneopolis, MN @ The Nether Bar11/15 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty BottleDetroit, MI @ The Crofoot12/5 – Springfield, MO – FHR DJ SET @ College Street Bar & Arcade12/6 -Kansas City, KS – FHR DJ SET @ The Riot Room12/7 – Boston, MA – FHR DJ SET @ Wonder Bar
12/11 – Brooklyn, NY – FRENCH HORN REBELLION Xmas Party @ Tandem
Praise for French Horn Rebellion:
“Take a cue From French Horn Rebellion and Embrace Your Inner Band Geek” – Mashable
“Next big thing…” – New York Times
“Irresistible, panting synth-pop, with fat new wave key tones and ecstatic vocals.” – Pitchfork
“A roller-coaster ride …that is as uplifting as it is beguiling” – Q Magazine
“Warp speed eclectic” – Time Out London
“The Brooklyn brother duo combines sick beats and thumping bass lines that (get) stuck in your head all day long.”– Bust Magazine
“I loved the sound of French Horn Rebellion at first listen – with that special blend of modern electronica fused with classic 80’s Pop. French Horn Rebellion’s new Next Jack Swing style combines classic/new, hot and cold, in a way that makes me – and I know others will – want to move !” – Grammy Award-Winning Pop/R&B Pioneer Jody Watley