Paris dreamboat duo, Housse de Racket are Pierre Leroux and Victor le Masne. Chicago was one of their first stops after SXSW on their first headlining tour in North America. Despite technical difficulty during their second song, “Chateau”, which lead singer/guitarist, Pierre played while trying to fix the issue on the pedal set up the song was flawless. Afterwards, drummer Victor challenged the crowd to come on stage to tell a joke, while the issue was remedied. There were either no brave souls, or no one with any good jokes that accepted his challenge. The boys amped the crowd back up with playing “Chateau” once again, once again in a flawless manner. As the duo continued their set, Pierre beckoned the crowd to come closer. The crowd did as they were told, I mean, I’ll follow your orders as long as you say them in a beautiful French accent. If Pierre told me to kill a shark with my bare hands to the beat of their music..well, I’d at least give it that old college try. “Let us hear all the girls!”, Pierre said. The women screamed and threw their hands up in excitement.
Playing several songs from their new album, Alésia, which includes songs sung in both French and English. As does their previous album, Forty Love, which boasts the upbeat, impossible NOT to dance to song, “Oh Yeah!” It honestly didn’t matter if you were familiar with the French language. Housse de Racket’s stage presence, performance, and music translates all you need to know: catchy, original, dance music. The wooden floors of the Empty Bottle were shaking and the crowd was smiling, especially during, “Oh Yeah!” and “Roman”, two of the more popular songs from Housse de Racket. Playing only two songs for their encore, including the Rockey-esque, “Synthétiseur” it was very apparent that these Parisians have a fan base in Chicago. Also, they brought out cameras and video recorders to “capture tour moments”, so you never know, you just might show up in a Housse de Racket video. I highly suggest you pay this duo a visit if they are performing in a city near you. If they aren’t, get on at train, plane, bike, unicorn. They are a must see band. For more tour dates on their North American tour check their tour page.