Junior Boys et Diamond Rings, les canadiens au Botanique

Publié par , le 27 novembre 2011

Junior Boys, ce nom m’était complètement inconnu. J’ai appris qu’ils étaient originaires du Canada et que le groupe a été créé en 1999. Un groupe accompli donc, et largement implanté sur la scène electro. Les Canadiens sont actuellement en tournée européenne. Passage obligé au Botanique, au cœur de Bruxelles, avant de mettre le cap sur Amsterdam et Paris.

En première partie, je découvre un autre artiste canadien : Diamond Rings. Seul sur scène, John O’Regan, de son vrai nom, est tout de blanc vêtu (même son visage est maquillé de blanc). Des diamants ornent le col de sa veste et sa casquette. Son apparence sur scène est très travaillée : gestuelle, mimiques, costume de scène,… Diamond Rings ne laisse rien au hasard. Mis à part la musique, il a des airs d’un Ziggy Stardust des temps modernes. Mais la comparaison s’arrête là car ses compositions ne sont pas du même acabit ni du même style que les chansons légendaires de David Bowie. Néanmoins, le jeune Canadien se défend bien sur scène avec son set électro, pop, et lorsqu’il enfourche sa guitare, Diamond Rings se transforme en Rock’n Roll Queen. C’est la première fois que John est à Bruxelles et quelque chose me dit que ce n’est pas la dernière, le public du Botanique l’accueille comme il se doit.

© Philippe Vincke

Après une courte pause, les trois musiciens de Junior Boys montent sur scène. Quel contraste par rapport à la première partie ! Ici, pas de costume de scène. À l’image du chanteur et créateur du groupe, Jeremy Greenspan, habillé d’une chemise claire, d’un pantalon beige et d’une paire de baskets de la marque à trois bandes. Sobre mais efficace.

Pour ce qui est de la musique, n’étant pas un habitué des concerts de musique electro, j’avais une certaine appréhension avant l’évènement. Après un début laborieux (le temps de m’acclimater à l’ambiance musicale), la musique de Junior Boys réussit à me faire danser (un peu). Difficile d’identifier le style musical du groupe : électro, pop, dance, disco, ou encore house. Pour faire simple, on s’arrêtera à électro pop ! Les mélodies sont hypnotiques, Jeremy Greenspan assume son rôle de leader et est au centre de l’attention, à défaut d’être au centre de la scène. Le public adore ! La salle n’est pas comble mais il y a du monde et personne n’est statique. À la fin du concert, certaines mélodies sont encore dans les esprits et quelques jours plus tard, j’écoute encore en boucle leur chanson « In the morning ». Junior Boys : sobre mais terriblement efficace.

Philippe Vincke

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