CANTHARIDE’s first album “Do the Bzzz with...” is actually a “best-of”... or a compilation... or one hell of a mess, as you like it.
Based on Choumy’s songs and obsessions (the guy’s real name is Pierre Chaissac), recorded here and there over the course of various opportunities and beautiful encounters throughout the years, with the patient support of faithful friends, this album is considered by its author as the best reflection of his musical desires - which have always been many and psychotic. Given the route followed by this upright and passionate musician (former bands include D.I.T., Pudgy, Choum et les Pervers Magnifiques), in the end “Do the Bzzz with...” seems to be the signature of an insatiable music lover bubbling up with creativity.
You won’t have time to get bored : combining polished pop songs with rougher tracks, the whole sparkled with a psychedelic touch, “Do the Bzzz with...” adds together sound eclecticism and consistent, asserted writing. The lyrics are unpretentious, finding their way through different feelings, from an offbeat sense of humour to a deliberate triviality.
In terms of references, Neil Young, Guided by Voices, R.E.M., The Beatles, Bob Mould, Posies, The Pixies, Teenage Fan Club, Sparklehorse and many more have been conjured up.
This is not the work of a sole man.
If Choumy is sometimes the only commander of this drunken boat, all the people who participated in this album (musicians, sound engineers, graphic designers, label managers and most of all friends) have left their mark on it and made its release possible.
All you have to do now is enjoy and... DO THE BZZZ !