Exposé Online banner

French TV — The Violence of Amateurs
(Pretentious Dinosaur 04, 1999/2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2000-05-01

The Violence of Amateurs Cover art

Any new French TV album is always a load of fun and great playing, but with this one (what is this now, the sixth? They used to number them...), the band seems to have taken a big step forward, both in the composition department and the quality of production overall. The band seems to have found a space somewhere between a progressive rock groove and the Hatfield / National Health style Canterbury sound, with a strong Zappa-like influences (man, does this reviewer hear Zappa in everybody’s music?), and have spent the last couple albums honing and perfecting that sound. A fairly consistent band membership — with the core of Sary (bass), Zigoris (guitar), Robinson (keyboards), and Douglas (drums) contributes to the cohesive whole, with other members contributing on several tunes. They are also joined on three of the album’s six tunes by Volaré drummer Brian Donohoe. An excellent take of Volaré’s “Odessa Steps Sequence” is one of the disc's high points. “The Secret Life of Walter Riddle” (with its hilarious marching intro and strong surfbeat inclinations) and the quirky twelve-minute opus “Tiger Tea” are high points also. The ten-minute “Mail Order Quarks” is a very polished jazz-oriented tune that features guest violin and voices. Closing the album is a cover of an obscure Samla Mammas Manna tune, twenty minutes in fact, giving another peek into FTV’s wide range of influences. But where are those funny song titles this time, Mike? Okay, the funny booklet cover art makes up for it. At any rate, this is FTV’s best studio effort to date. Recommended.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 19, 2006 releases, 1999 recordings

Related artist(s): French TV

More info
http://frenchtv.bandcamp.com/album/the-violence-of-amateurs

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Eric Roberts - In a Silent Place – Eric Roberts is a bassist who has logged many hours supporting big name acts over the years and this is his recorded debut as a guitarist. Although largely a solo effort, he does get help from a few...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues