Here's a cult band that, with its explosive, urban mix of music genres, rhythms, languages and cultures evolved to a high quality brand, appreciated by both the international press and audiences all over. Add to that the typically Belgian pinch of self-derision and understatement and the result is a band with the energy of rock (without guitars), the improvised twist of jazz, the open-minded approach of world music and the eagerness of a street band. Rock, Chanson, Ska, Gypsy, elements of Dub, Balkan or Brassband, anything goes. Well-rooted in their home town Brussels, Jaune Toujours 's unique identity is yet enforced by their poetic and socially committed lyrics, celebrating the cultural melting pot of our modern day world. The optimistic undertone convincingly states that another world is possible, raising a fist rather than the middle finger.
Jaune Toujours' sound is so natural that it's deceptive and at first might give the casual listener the impression of simplicity, when it's really their musicianship and the particular humanist angle from which they approach cross cultural composing, that makes their music sound as if it's been around forever. Respect for content rather than form, for collaboration, rather than preservation and for long term development, has enabled them to create a musical universe that is rich, diverse, honest, modern and unique.
In 2000, Jaune Toujours recorded "Brusk", their first full length album. Many live concerts allowed the band to grow and plans were made for new recordings. 2002 Jaune Toujours released "Camping del Mundo" on their own new label Choux de Bruxelles. Extensive touring in Belgium, France, G/A/S, Scandinavia and UK followed.
With "BRUSK" and "Camping del Mundo", Jaune Toujours had earned their place in the belgian and international music scene. With releasing "Barricade" (2004), they felt the album reflected exactly the band's actual sound: catchy songs carried by the grooves of the accordion, drums and upright bass, strengthened by a fine selection of horn blowers.
Their many live concerts have made Jaune Toujours routined musicians, yet always ready to improvise. Their shows are lively and festive, but avoiding cliches. It only seemed logic to ban this liveliness on CD, and their live album "Club" simply is a masterpiece, that manages to transport the band's quality and energy from the stage directly to your stereo
And it is the kind of music you can dance to 'till you drop at a gig, but also enjoy as you listen more closely at home. To their new album "Kolektiv", for instance..