SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF THE… HOLY HELL WHAT IS THAT????
OK, we were on the dance floor a second ago, now we are in SPACE and SOME OF US ARE NAKED! Some of us are UPSIDE DOWN and naked, which is not a good look for us! What’s going on? What in the name of all that’s decent and right is going on? Wah! I’m a giant baby looking at the earth like in that flick! Wahhh!
OK, calm down. French Horn Rebellion is going on is what’s going on.
By coming to this website, you made the decision. You took the red pill. In doing so you quite innocently agreed to venture into the unknown with brothers Robert and David Perlick-Molinari and their gleaming French Horn, and now you have to live with that decision. By the way, I’m sorry I had to slap you there.
So. You took the red pill, and may God have mercy on your soul. May God have mercy on all our souls.
Who’d a thunk these two unassuming brothers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who have gained praise from Pitchfork, MixMag, and Q Mag, to The Guardian, Time Out and Les Inrockuptibles, could have brought us out this far? Yes, they’ve had a Record of the Week on BBC Radio 1 and spot on a Kitsuné Compilation. And You know what it means a live performance at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s Paris fashion week catwalk show. (It means they, at the very least, saw some hot models).
But still, you weren’t prepared for this! You didn’t know you were getting into this! Initially forced to take up the French horn at 8 years old, Robert developed an affinity for the instrument when he discovered that it was actually awesome. He went on to earn a degree in French horn performance at Northwestern University (in Evanston, IL) and became an associate member of the Chicago civic orchestra. However, as his classical career progressed, so did his dissatisfaction with it; awesome though it is, The French Horn cannot do everything. And Robert wanted to do everything.
With this new sense of musical purpose, French Horn Rebellion was born, and Robert turned to his producer brother David.
David was coming to his own creative crossroads. As a budding music producer in New York, he was frustrated with clients who spent too much time wondering about what people could ‘take’—that is, until he produced MGMT’s indie release, ‘Time to Pretend EP.’ “They (MGMT) would never pander to people’s expectations; instead they were always playing with them. It inspired me to follow my nose a bit more.” David immediately recognized a shared desire in Robert with French Horn Rebellion, and so their partnership began.
‘The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion’, the bands latest release, is the result of this fated collaboration. There is a story to the album. The story has a hero and it takes you to places, some of which you have heard of and all of which you know. There are encounters and there are decisions and there is reflection and there is enlightenment. “It’s about the Universe. We’re pretty clear on what the story is, but what you take away from it may be entirely different,” says David. Whatever the hell else it is, the album is quite clearly a vibrant and adventurous collection of songs, and you are upside down in space.
That is French Horn Rebellion is what that is!
(Written by Graham Linehan)