Better Than Life
Leningrad's Total Revelation
Les Georges Leningrad's
Les Georges Leningrad Here's an idea… let's cause CHAOS!
drummer/multi-instrumentalist Bobo Boutin is walking around downtown New Orleans looking for a mailbox in the dark. He has important mail to send. At every stop along his band's current US tour, the French Canadian sends a postcard home. He needs to assign greater meaning to his everyday life. And with carefully chosen postcards and creative documentation, maybe he'll do just that. "Everyday life is so boring," Boutin says in a thick French accent. "So you have to create chaos, you have to create the adventure. You can't wait for something to happen, you have to create something special, something bigger than life." Which is precisely what the crazed and unclassifiable Les Georges Leningrad hope to achieve through music and performance art. The Montreal trio's wild sounds—a sometimes-frightening mess of primal screams, tribal beats, and growling electronics—have been stumping critics since their inception five years and seven records ago. While some have tried creating a genre ("petrochemical rock") for Les Georges, the band's nonsensical overlapping of punk, post-punk, new/no wave, dub, and disco remains indefinable—and, as a result, powerful. "We're not a normal rock band," Boutin reveals gratuitously. "Our skill is in the way we feel every moment onstage. We're very spontaneous. We're like animals."I love to shock people," he continues, clearly exhilarated, even via telephone. "I love to be disgusting. I love to manipulate the audience. It's all about power." Like adrenaline addicts, Boutin, guitarist/noise artist Mingo L'Indien, and singer Poney P couldn't exist without the occasional shock, awe, and revelation. "It's okay to be an over-the-top fantasy, a little fantastic," says Boutin. "It's a game, and it's better than life."