Deloris - Loup Garou

Deloris are a 4 (sometimes 5) piece band from Melbourne, formed in 1999. They have to date released three albums and three EPs, and played shows alongside Okkervil River, Lou Barlow, The Delgados & Augie March.


Deloris spent most this year writing and recording their fourth album in a serene hillside studio at Harkaway, Victoria. The single Loup Garou is an opportunity to preview their new album 'Ten Lives' due for release damn soon through Remote Control. Catch them promoting the album live in August all around Oz.


Loup Garou pronounced loo–garoo is an interesting song. It sounds at once familiar but somehow different and unexpected. It has an urgent feeling, like leaning forward into the wind while standing on a cliff by the ocean. It made me feel slightly anxious – waiting, but for what? It's been a while since I heard a song that utilises discord to generate anticipation, something I associate with 80's indie music.


It builds and builds with the melody lifting higher and higher while all the time the driving beat and clanging guitar sound pushes onwards. Momentum is sustained throughout the song but ultimately resolution is denied as it ends abruptly – before release. I found this really satisfying – ironically. The lyrics are interesting and associative.


Deloris are somewhat renowned for their lyrics, unusually poetic and intelligent. I was curious what a loup garou might be and it appears to be part of French Language fairy tale /supernatural folk story tradition. "A Loup Garou is a werewolf or a person transformed into a cow, horse, or some other animal. Once under a spell, the unfortunate victim became an enraged animal that roamed each night through the fields and forests for usually, 101 days. During the day, he returned to his human form, though he was continually morose and sickly and fearful to tell of his predicament lest even a worse sentence should befall him. The main way he could be released from the spell before serving the stipulated time was for someone to recognize him as a person transformed to an animal and somehow draw blood from the loup-garou. Even when the disenchantment had been performed, both the victim and his rescuer could not mention the incident, even to each other, until the time was up. Anyone who violated this taboo would become possessed immediately and face a much stiffer sentence." Fascinating! No wonder it made me feel a little anxious.


In their inimitable fashion Deloris transform this old tale into something contemporary. Their press release has this to say - "In which the transformation may be temporary or permanent; the animal may be the man himself metamorphosed, it may be his double whose activity leaves the real man unchanged, it may be his soul, which goes forth seeking whom it may devour and leaving its body in a state of trance; or it may be no more than the messenger of the human being, a real animal or a familiar spirit, whose intimate connection with it's owner is shown by the fact that any injury to it is believed, by a phenomenon known as repercussion. To cause corresponding injury to the human being. An animation. A ghost, a shadow, a crock, a tell-tale, a lie, a farce."


A truly intelligent song with a beat you can dance to, lyrics that are associative and intelligent from a band that consistently make interesting music that satisfies with content and a sound that is all their own. See ‘em, listen to the single and buy the album – it will be unexpected and interesting.

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