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JUNE 11, 2021 - Rouen, Normandie, France - French instrumental outfit Les Agamemnonz have shared their new album Amateurs – out today via Hi-Tide Recordings. Ahead of the release of Amateurs the band has shared singles “Artemis,” “Xiphias”, “Mount Capitola,” and “No Shoes No Service,” which highlight the French band’s American influence. On the new album the band shares, “We see Amateurs as a real turning point in the way we can produce music. It’s not a drastic change, it’s rather fluid actually, but we allowed ourselves to work on things only for the record, rearranged existing tunes to fit a different mood (as we did here with “Artemis”) and enjoyed more and more the idea of arrangement. We can’t wait to have listeners from all over the world get an ear on this album, eyes on the cover, and to play brand new tunes live really soon!” Fans can purchase and stream Amateurs now at https://found.ee/amateurs

Playing on the ambivalence of the word that designates the enamored connoisseur as well as the non-professional, Amateurs is paradoxically the band's most ambitious production, both in writing, arrangements, orchestration, recording. In addition to references to their spiritual father Joe Meek ("Artemis"), or to a more French legacy ("Conseils de la Fée des Lilas"), it is unquestionably their most "American" record, with clear references to the golden age of studios ("Theme from 'Amateurs' "), to a certain cinema ("Redwood Heights"), or to more personal experiences of touring the United States ("No Shoes No Service"). It is in all coherence that this album is also their first collaboration with the American label Hi-Tide Recordings.

“Amateurs” track listing

  1. Ouverture à l’américaine
  2. Theme from “Amateurs”
  3. Xiphias
  4. No Shoes No Service
  5. Artemis
  6. J’avoue
  7. Mount Capitola
  8. Air Force
  9. Conseils de la Fée des Lilas
  10. Attention!
  11. Mount Harissa
  12. Redwood Heights

For the past decade, Les Agamemnonz have performed hundreds of gigs, in concert halls, art centers, apartments, on village squares, beaches, boats, etc., across Europe and the United States. Never leaving their Greek "chitons", playing barefoot come rain or shine, they get eclectic audiences to dance, ignite all age groups and - being instrumental - cross easily all language barriers.

If the craze they generate goes far beyond the borders of their genre niche, it is however the surf music community who give them the greatest honors, by placing their previous album in 3rd position of the 100 Best Surf Records of the Decade or by positioning them as headliner of the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival.

As acknowledged figures of this international scene, Les Agamemnonz stand out by their ability to quote their classics (The Ventures, The Astronauts, etc.) while developing a sound and a writing of their own. The tightness of their rhythmics and the originality of their arrangements draw from their deep interest in all forms of electric instrumental music that have flourished all over the world (Eleki music in Japan, Rautalanka in Finland, instro in France, electric Cumbia, Sega, etc.).

Les Agamemnonz is Benjamin Bonaventure (lead guitar), Simon Ripoll-Hurier (rhythm guitar), Grégory Bonaventure (bass), and André Pasquet (drums). Additional musicians featured on the album include Michael Jacques (french horn, trombone, trumpet, flugelhorn), Frédéric Jouhannet (violins), Antoine Berland (medium grand piano), and Zach Robbins (field recording).

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https://hitiderecordings.com/linkinbio

Last edited: Jun 11, 2021 16:42:12

Really looking forward to hearing this.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Jeff, you already can, on bandcamp. Of course, on vinyl 'd be better.
Is there a European supplier with affordable shipping. I saw there was an interesting arrangement for the French but not for the rest of the Europeans, alas.
Cheers,
Andy

www.LosVenturas.be

Hi Andy,

The album is distributed worldwide by UMG, so any record store should be able to get it. Ask your favorite local shop to order it in! Thank you and we hope you enjoy the record.

Thanks, Vincent

LISTEN, SHOP, CONNECT:
https://hitiderecordings.com/linkinbio

Last edited: Jun 12, 2021 19:30:15

So glad this is finally out! I'm partway through writing a review, but tbh your copy up there sells it better

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I gave this wonderful album a lengthy review in the new Continental Magazine. Check my blog to read it.

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I would like to add my voice to the praises being given this album. It's further evidence that Los Agamemnonz are at the top of the list of active surf bands.

They are able to combine all the elements that I look for in surf music. Excellent musicianship, well crafted songs varied enough to keep your interest but still present an identifiable overarching signature of the band. An adherence to traditional instrumentation without sounding hackneyed or generic. Recording techniques that don't draw attention to itself and lets the music stand on it's own.

By all means, find a way to get the album for your collection and show support for this vital band. In the meantime, stream it so you can familiarize yourself with the music with no risk of overplaying it, as this record will bear many repeated listens.

Danny Snyder

Latest project - Now That's What I Call SURF
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"With great reverb comes great responsibility" - Uncle Leo

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Will try that, Vincent, thanks.
Cheers,
Andy

www.LosVenturas.be

Thanks everyone. The vinyl is selling VERY quickly, and a repress likely won't be available until next year. Grab your copy while you can!

LISTEN, SHOP, CONNECT:
https://hitiderecordings.com/linkinbio

Superb album! Cool

The Miramars - https://www.facebook.com/themiramars / https://soundcloud.com/themiramars

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It’s borderline absurd how tight, packed and joyful this record is.
Being in France, I got my copy directly from them.

And what a thank you note!

Everything about this album is thoughtful! Enjoy

LISTEN, SHOP, CONNECT:
https://hitiderecordings.com/linkinbio

This arrived today, and it is great. I love the design of the jacket, too. Pleasantly old-timey.

Old thread, but great album. It is still in regular rotation at my place.

Rev

Canadian Surf

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There is never a bad time to celebrate this album!

Just wish for a cd

Jeff(bigtikidude)

bigtikidude wrote:

Just wish for a cd

Jeff want me to burn you one?

Danny Snyder

Latest project - Now That's What I Call SURF
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"With great reverb comes great responsibility" - Uncle Leo

I'm back playing keys and guitar with Combo Tezeta

Danny, no I’ve got one, Thanks.
Im just obsessive and want a real one,
Not a cdr.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Still a superb album!
Don't miss out on the different, equally great arrangements of Artemis and J'avoue on the Diana/Lacrymos single. It's missing from Bandcamp, but still available on other streaming and legal download sites.

The Miramars - https://www.facebook.com/themiramars / https://soundcloud.com/themiramars

MartinB wrote:

Still a superb album!
Don't miss out on the different, equally great arrangements of Artemis and J'avoue on the Diana/Lacrymos single. It's missing from Bandcamp, but still available on other streaming and legal download sites.

Thanks - I'd forgotten about those alternate versions. It was nice to give them a listen, although I think I prefer Artemis to Diana.
I wonder if any new Les Agamemnonz stuff is in the works?

In the meantime, I am really enjoying The Wave Charger's "Caravelle", although it is a bit different in style. Those two are my favourite French surf groups. I like lots of others but these two seem the most "musical" to me, rather than MOAM style power strumming.

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