Lehmanns Brothers, winners of the Shure Call for Legends – Live band contest, played a triumphantly funky set at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival.
The French eight-piece band appeared completely in their element at the festival, which draws some of the biggest names in music to the picturesque Swiss town on the banks of Lake Geneva.
Playing an outdoor stage just a few paces from the water, Lehmanns Brothers quickly won over the crowd with their catchy combination of funk, hip-hop and neo-soul.
“Bonsoir Montreux!” said singer Julien Anglade, as they took to the stage at 9pm on a sultry July evening.
Taking to the contest’s name to heart, Lehmanns Brothers went on to put in a legendary live performance for the visitors at Montreux. Initially seated and chatting amongst themselves, the audience didn’t hesitate to answer Julien’s call to come closer to the stage and get dancing.
“The crowd wanted to dance,” explained an ebullient Julien immediately after the show, which ended in a wild encore as people jumped on stage with the band. “So we gave them the funk!”
He said the band, who meld influences including Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai and James Brown into their own heady mix, had the crowd where they wanted by their rollicking fifth song “The Cure.”
The concert was the culmination of the Shure Call for Legends – Live competition. Besides a professional video of their special gig at Montreux, the band will also receive €5,000 in gear from Shure.
Lehmanns Brothers, who originally hail from the south-western French city of Angoulême, also hope the appearance at the festival will open doors for them, as they shift their career into higher gear.
“We’ve worked a lot for this. We’ve got a new set. This festival is a really important event for the band. It’s amazing to play here,” said bassist Pierre Sanges.
Lehmanns Brothers’ trip to Montreux began with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the festival. First they got to go backstage at the main venues hosting a diverse collection of artists, including Herbie Hancock, The Roots and Alt-J, this year. Then later that evening the band went to Lauryn Hill’s concert, a tribute show to Prince by the New Power Generation and a late-night jam session in the festival’s cosy jazz club.
On the day of their own gig, temperatures in Montreux soared to a sizzling 32 degrees Celsius in the shade, so they boys didn’t miss a chance to take a dip in the turquoise waters of Lake Geneva to cool off before showtime. “It wasn’t cold,” said trumpet player Nicolas Fernandes. “It was perfect!”
Also, just for anyone wondering, the band’s name doesn’t have anything to do with the defunct US bank Lehman Brothers. In fact, the moniker is taken from Avenue de Lehmann in Angoulême, where drummer Dorris Biayenda once lived and the band used to practise after first forming back in 2012.
“It would be too small for us now,” he said.
Certainly, there wouldn’t be enough room for all the new Lehmanns Brothers fans from Montreux to fit in there. Screaming and clapping after the band’s blistering set, the crowd demanded they play an encore. Even the stagehands were grooving uncontrollably in the end.
Lehmanns Brothers are now hoping to use their performance at Montreux as a springboard to bigger things. One enthusiastic promoter even approached Julien while he was still dripping with sweat from the show promising to get them shows in Germany.
There’s no doubt they’re working hard to achieve success: After taking a brief moment to savour the moment at Montreux, the band had an early morning flight back to Bordeaux, so they could play two consecutive concert dates in France.
Shure wish them all the best!
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After more than twelve weeks in search for our legends, 746 applicants from 35 countries have submitted countless hours of awesome music! Members of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the band Blossoms and Shure have carefully assessed the performance of each of the shortlisted bands. We now proudly present the winners of the Shure Call for Legends – Live band contest 2016:
Founded in 2013, the bands sound is based on funk, mainly influenced by 90' hip hop and neo-soul.
Now Julien, Noé, Alvin, Pierre, Dorris, Pierre-Antoine, Théodore and Nicolas get the chance to play a live gig at the famous Montreux Jazz Festival - plus a professional video recording of their performance and Shure gear worth 5.000€!
Julien Anglade (chant)
Noé Hourant (guitare)
Alvin Amaïzo (guitare)
Pierre Sanges (basse)
Dorris Biayenda (batterie)
Pierre-Antoine Sylvestre (trombone)
Théodore Lagrange (Saxophone)
Nicolas Fernandes (Trompette)
Ils disent que leur musique est un "précipité" à base de Funk grandement influencée par le Hip-Hop des années 90 et la Néo-Soul. Leur EP."Dreams & Nightmare" reflète parfaitement ces deux courants, Francis Viel (le Mouv) : "cet exercice est souvent raté. Pas là !"
C’est au sein du Groove que les Lehmanns Brothers désirent transmettre leur palette musicale. Leur mélodie et ses accords « Jazzy » soutenus par un écho Hip-Hop a connu la scène à de nombreuses reprises, précédant même des maîtres en la matière, deux musiciens de l’immense James Brown en la personne de Maceo Parker et de Fred Wesley. Leur E.P est un flux de promesses, maîtrise, sensibilité, maturité ralliées à une énergie qui fait leur particularité durant leurs prestations. Un rythme explosif, une signature vocale paraphée par des cuivres électriques, les Lehmanns Brothers, c’est un emprunt au temple de la révolution musicale qu’a été la naissance du Jazz et de la Funk crédité par une modernité sensible aux accents actuels, du Rap jusqu’aux teintes de la Neo-Soul. Au gré de l’évasion dansante, signature de chacun de leur concert, parallèlement à la densité de leur première sortie et aux émotions diverses qu’elle procure, il est difficile de ne pas être conquis.
Lyndsey, Harris, Erin and Chris together form the band 100 Fables.
The band from Glasgow, UK was founded in 2015. Mainly influenced by Blondie, Altered Image or The Killers to name a few, 100 Fables was "born from a shared love of the new wave movement and their passion for the 80's new wave and post punk electro soul".
The 2nd prize for 100 Fables consists of a bundle of Shure products worth 3.000€.
Lyndsey Liora, Harris Hiscoe, Erin Reidy, Chris Stewart
Led by the inimitable Lyndsey Liora, 100 Fables were born from a shared love of the new wave movement and their passion for the '80s new wave and post punk electro sound.
The four-piece effortlessly combine all of these influences into a powerful high-octane mix that follows in the steps of the acts that have inspired them, such as Blondie, Altered Images, Gerard Way, The Cars, Le Tigre and The Killers, but firmly sounds like nothing else but 100 Fables.
2016 has seen the young band go from strength to strength, with the release of their second single Metropolis and supports on the Sugarhill Gang's Scottish dates, a return to the Party At The Palace festival and packing out Glasgow's ABC2 at their own headline show.
Best of all, 100 Fables were crowned champions of Europe in the Hard Rock Cafe's global Hard Rock Rising competition, beating bands from cities across the entire continent.
Alongside bandmates Erin Reidy, Harris Hiscoe and Chris Stewart, Liora's vision for 100 Fables is one that is well on its way to being realised. It's only a matter of time before the world knows their name.
Striving for a spiritually thrilling sound, influenced by several musical styles, Julien, Geoffrey, Angélique, Adrien and Antoine have made it among the top three out of more than 500 bands.
Shiivah will receive Shure gear worth 1.000€.
Julien MONETA (guitar),Geoffrey NICOLAS(Synth), Angélique NICOLAS(Voice), Adrien AGOSTINI(drum), Antoine BORGNIET(Bass)
Shiivah is the known Hindi god's name "Shiva". It was chosen to symbolize and pass on the contradictions, the different influences and messages. This name translates our band's music and state of mind: something spiritually thrilling, which is helping us to destroy and create music elements in different ways thanks to our diverse influences.
Shiivah is made of 5 different musical influences and 5 different fates which met by chance 2 years ago to live a common dream: create and play the music they love and share it with an audience. By mixing the musical styles, Shiivah is bringing something new on the current musical scenes and is able to enthrall an audience.
Shiivah is taking root in the current musical scenes, underscored by our singer's voice : Angy's, who made the difference in the famous french tv show "the voice" in 2016, when she perfectly demonstrated her jazzy talent.