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Time to rock, the Belgian way

Chetna Dua, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 10, 2012
First Published: 20:34 IST(10/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:52 IST(11/11/2012)

All those with an ear for electro-rock can listen to the Belgian band Vive La Fete (‘long live the party’ in French) playing in the city next week.

After playing across Europe, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden and Brazil, the band is looking forward to playing in India for the first time. “We hope to learn a lot from Indian folk singers and instruments on this trip,” says Danny Mommens, lead guitarist of the band. Formed in 1997, the band has Danny as the lead guitarist, Ben Brunin as bass guitarist, Gino Geudens on the drums, Roel van Espen on the keyboard and Els Pynoo as the vocal lead.
 

Belgian band Vive La Fete
Love and humour

Mommens and Pynoo say they aim to create a universe of humour, love and glamour with their strings. “We have been reading a lot about India on the internet. It seems like a beautiful country. We definitely want to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. Maybe it could inspire our next song,” feels Mommens. “We play Kitsch pop, with a lot of electro-rock influence and punk energy. It’s new for the Indian audience.

I hope they like it,” he adds. True to their band name, members will be playing 14 electro-rock songs including their hit singles Liberte, Nuit Blanche and Noir Desir.
 
Floored by folk 
While here, the band members also plan to check out famed Indian music instruments such as the sitar and tabla, apart from listening to folk singers from Rajasthan and Gujarat. “The music industry in India is changing fast. It’s very dynamic right now and gives scope for different forms of music to co-exist. There is interesting fusion happening between western and Indian sounds,” says Pynoo.
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Paneer tikka and more
The rock artists are also looking forward to trying out traditional Indian cuisine during their maiden visit to the country. “We do have some Indian restaurants back home, but I don’t know if we can compare these with real Indian food. I would love to gorge on some paneer tikka and spicy vegetarian curries with roti,” says Pynoo. The duo also plan to visit Old Delhi for a taste of the local street food like chaat, paranthas and the popular Indian sweet, jalebi.

Catch it live
What: Vive la fete
When: November 14, 10pm onwards
Entry: By invitation
(Free for couples and ladies)
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit,
Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place
Nearest Metro Station: Barakhamba on the Blue Line

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