Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Les Cowboys Fringants - Les Antipodes

Les Cowboys Fringants are a Canadian (Québécois) folk rock music group formed in 1995 in Repentigny, Quebec. The French word fringant can be translated to English as "dashing", "spry" or "smartly dressed". It can aslo mean "frisky", "lively" and "spirited".

The band performs Québécois néo-trad music (modernized Quebec folk music with a rock flavour). They use many inspirations from country music. Band members come from the Montreal suburbs of Repentigny and L'Assomption.

Here are some interesting translations:

The Dashing Cowboys: from one extreme to the other
Les Cowboys Fringants: d’un extrême à l’autre

The band also deals with themes of Quebec history, Quebec independence and suburban life.
Le groupe aborde également des thèmes de l'histoire du Québec, de l'indépendance du Québec et de la vie en banlieue.

They sometimes adopt a minimalist and dadaesque style, a trend of the Quebec music scene of the 2000s.
Ils adoptent parfois un style minimaliste et dadaesque, une tendance de la scène musicale québécoise des années 2000.

1997 12 Grandes chansons (ENG: 12 Great Songs)
1998 Sur mon canapé (ENG: On my couch)
2000 Motel Capri (4 April 2000)
2001 Enfin Réunis (12 grandes chansons + Sur Mon Canapé) (20 November 2001)
2002 Break syndical (5 March 2002)
2003 Attache ta tuque! (ENG: Attach your hat!) (13 May 2003; live album)
2004 La Grand-Messe (23 November 2004)
2007 Au Grand Théâtre de Québec (2007; live album)
2008 L'expédition (23 September 2008)
2008 Sur un air de déjà vu (14 October 2008)
2010 En concert au Zénith de Paris (2010; live album)
2011 Que du vent (ENG: Only wind) (14 November 2011)
2015 Octobre (23 October 2015)
2019 Les antipodes (4 October 2019)

What is an antipode? It is the direct opposite of something else. As in, "the pole and its antipode." In geography, the antipode of any spot on Earth is the point on Earth's surface diametrically opposite to it. A pair of points antipodal to each other are situated such that a straight line connecting the two would pass through Earth's center. Antipodal points are as far away from each other as possible.

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