There are very few truly independent artists in the music business nowadays, and that's why the creativity and convictions behind the creative journey of The Inspector Cluzo are so unique. With shows in over 47 countries around the world, they will be introduced to the audience in Poland at Woodstock!
The dynamic duet consists of two incredible Gascons who started from nothing in their native Mont de Marsan in the southwest of France, and who after more than 900 concerts in over 45 countries, and 100,000 albums sold – all of this done completely on their own – have become one of the most internationally-known French groups, and financed only by money that they have generated themselves – whether it’s something to eat or something to listen to . . . all of it in a very concrete utopian sense of living their convictions. In the end, they are a group that controls everything from A to Z: they are their own manager – their own record label (Fuckthebassplayer), their own tour manager, professional organic farmers on their farm, Lou Casse, (www.loucasse.com) in the Gascony region in the southwest of France.
With their double skills as musicians and farmers, they are financially independent and are also able to produce most of the food that they eat. Two occupations that are really one when considered as the goal of the eminently political and militant movement ‘Act locally to think globally’. Americans have just the right words to describe songs of the land -- they call them country music, and folk music – ‘music of the country’ and ‘music of the people’. The Inspector Cluzo plays their kind of country music, their kind of folk music – a sort of folk music, if you like, but not at all folksy – it’s much too electric and furious for that. In any case, nothing would be more unfair than to try to put these raging ambassadors – Laurent Lacrouts and Mathieu Jourdain – into a charming folklore box.
There’s an activist side to what we do – it’s our independence as musicians and as farmers – we are here because of our convictions – far away from the glossy image of rock stars. It’s all so logical – the practical side comes from our training in physics – we always want things to balance out. You find it in the way peasants live.
The French Bastards
Press Office at The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity