Saigon Blue Rain was formed in Paris, France at the end of 2012 by Ophelia and Franck. Their first self-titled EP, released in 2013 had been critically acclaimed. Between 2014 and 2016 they released two albums (What I Don’t See and Noire Psyché) which gave them the opportunity to perform at famous dark festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen, NCN Festival and to support Swiss band The Beauty Of Gemina on their German tour. In the beginning the duo used to combine cold wave and ethereal wave, inspired by bands like The Cure, And Also The Trees and Cocteau Twins, the whole sound melted with Shoegaze influences. With their 3rd album Pink Obsession – to be released on the Hungarian label Dichronaut Records on April 25th 2019 – SBR’s work draws a watershed moment, more anchored in pop and electronic sounds. BPD is the first single taken from the new album.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
Ophelia: We are both born in Paris and still live there.
Describe for us your genre and what you love about it:
Franck: It’s never easy to classify music in categories, especially because like many bands, our style has evolved over time. If we would have to describe our last opus Pink Obsession, we would say that it’s a mix of electro, darkwave, shoegaze, synth-wave, post-rock and indie-rock.
Tell us about your 3rd album release:
Ophelia: Our third album is called Pink Obsession, after one year and a half of intense work, we’re super happy to release it in a few weeks (25th April) through a young and promising Hungarian label Dichronaut Records. We like to say that it is leaving somber and concrete waters we’ve used to sail on to embrace artificial sparkling neon skies. In Pink Obsession, synth is getting its full scope pushing intentionally guitars into the emotional background, whereas vocals are becoming prominent, leaving ethereal scales and sending out a shameless message to the listener’s ear like interior voices in BPD or We Ask For Pain. The electro pop tone dominates to deliver colorful landscapes like so many states of mind. Sometimes marred by a few recollections from the past incarnated by little child’s voice on Solstice, still imploring or avenging guitars on Incubus Mine. Like a slow relief process towards lightness of being, pink color is our new black.
Franck: We’re very excited about working with Dichronaut Records on this new album. Until now we did almost everything by ourselves. It feels good to have other people committed into this project. Beside Dichronaut, we had our friend Daniel Armand who did an incredibly good job with the mix, Zoé Von H. who made the mastering and Camille Décilacte Distortion who draws fantastic artwork that suits perfectly well with our music and magnifies it.
What is your live set up, instruments, musicians?
Ophelia: We’ll be five on our next shows. Ophelia is on lead-vocal, Franck on lead-guitar and synth, Gilles on bass guitar, Mathieu on second guitar, synth and backing vocals and Dorian on electronic drums.
What is the most difficult thing about being an artist?
Ophelia: The most difficult thing is certainly the lack of contacts to spread your art. Unfortunately, many talented artists are underrated because of the fact they don’t know the “good” people, no matter how much you can be brilliant in what you do. We’ve came across this reality too much.
What’s the most rewarding?
Ophelia: The audience feedback is obviously the most rewarding thing we can expect.
Franck: There’s also this moment when you’ve just finished recording some new demo, when you realize that the song is pretty good and can’t wait to share it with the whole world!
Name some of your musical influences:
Franck: Musical influences are not always the ones you think of consciously. I think most of them are unconscious. I can name some bands that we like, but we can’t claim that they have some real influences on our music. We don’t make music “in the style of”. Let’s drop some few names for what it’s worth : Miracle, And Also The Trees, Still Corners and Interpol.
Franck: We have few shows planned within next months. We play on April 27th in Whitby with New Model Army at Tomorrow’s Ghost Festival. Then we have a gig on May 13th in Paris at Supersonic and in Belgium, at Waregem Expo on May 18th, with Cock Robin. We are working on booking some more shows after that and already recording some new demos.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Franck: It’s a great magazine and we’re pleased to be featured in it.
Photography credit Anaïs Novembre