Film Noir: Starring Le Tour De Funk

Le Tour De Funk with new member playing at the Valve Bar at Tempe, Sydney. From left to right: Stuart McNair, Kyle Eardley, Rhyan Clapham, Hayden Wilkinson, Jake Parker, Emily Ritchie and Sam Pfister. Photo by Leigh Reeve.

Le Tour De Funk with new members Emily Ritchie and Kyle Eardley, playing at the Valve Bar at Tempe, Sydney.
From left to right: Stuart McNair, Kyle Eardley, Rhyan Clapham, Hayden Wilkinson, Jake Parker, Emily Ritchie and Sam Pfister. Photo by Leigh Reeve.

By Mandy Craig

Wollongong band Le Tour de Funk have such a fresh catchy sound where you can’t help but end up leaving your chair to start dancing along to their music.

With songs, ‘Love Sex’, ‘The Bike Song’, and their recent single, ‘Noir’, they bring forward their funk/indie jazz influence.

“With the Jazz, I think the main way it transfers into our music is the improvisation, a lot of us play horns, I play trumpet, we are really inspired by a lot of the great jazz players and that comes across in how we play and we do a lot of solos in the band so it comes across like that.” Trumpet player, Stuart McNair revealed.

Indeed they are! With inspirations such as: Frank Sinatra, Kurt Elling, Charlie Parker, Myles Davis and Cannonball Adderley.

Le Tour de Funk’s latest single, ‘Noir also has a very insightful story to it revolving around the concept of film noir which lead vocalist and guitarist Hayden Wilkinson explained.

Le Tour de Funk. From left to right: Jake Parker, Sam Pfister, Stuart McNair, Rhyan Clapham, Geordie Eardley and Hayden Wilkinson. Photo by Audrey Pfister.

Le Tour de Funk.
From left to right: Jake Parker, Sam Pfister, Stuart McNair, Rhyan Clapham, Geordie Eardley and Hayden Wilkinson. Photo by Audrey Pfister.

“It was a combined effort the whole band got involved with it…Geordie started the idea; the melody just sounded really noir-esque and film; film crime investigation sort of thing. I just thought it would be cool to write a crime story around that and so that’s pretty much what it’s about. It’s pretty sort of chronological in order of events, it’s just about a police officer, like a detective trying to crack down on this criminal, and so you get it from his perspective.  Towards the end of the song, in the rap part – you get it from the criminal’s  perspective, so yeah I just thought a crime movie but in song, through the media of music.”

The band has two new members as well , vocalist Emily Ritchie and trombone player Kyle Eardley, who joined the band after recording song Noir.

“I was asked to do backing vocals on that track,” Emily revealed, “So I just kinda had, you know one rehearsal with them beforehand and just kinda got thrown into the situation, which was a lot of fun; experimenting with sounds and yeah it was a really fun experience for me because I really hadn’t done that kinda thing, and then ended up a week later being asked to be an offical member of the band.”

Le Tour De Funk also experienced their first gig  in Sydney, at The Valve Bar in Tempe, last Saturday the 23rd.

“It was nice being up in the Sydney atmosphere, we plan on playing a lot more shows up in Sydney.” Vocalist/ keyboard player/ guitarist Sam Pfister said.

Le Tour de Funk.From left to right: Jake Parker, Sam Pfister, Stuart McNair, Rhyan Clapham, Geordie Eardley and Hayden Wilkinson. Photo by Audrey Pfister.

Le Tour de Funk.
From left to right: Jake Parker, Sam Pfister, Stuart McNair, Rhyan Clapham, Geordie Eardley and Hayden Wilkinson. Photo by Audrey Pfister.

So what else is in store for Le Tour de Funk this year?

“We’re planning on maybe later in the year to have a bit of a quieter session and work on writing a lot more songs, maybe even for a future album or second EP. We’ll still be gigging around a fair bit we’ve got a few more gigs over the next few months, just around the place and we’ll hopefully play some more in Sydney.” Sam revealed.

Hayden also added,  “Maybe bring a bit of Sydney culture back down with us; maybe tour with some Sydney bands and that’ll bring Sydney bands down this way as well.”

Want to see them live? Here is a list of their upcoming gigs – go check them out!

Saturday 30th March – Barcode, The Grand (supporting Yeties, Patrick James, Obsura Hail)

Friday 5th April – Beaches (supporting The Maze, Thomas Covenant)

Sunday 7th April – Thirroul Seaside Festival, 10:30am

Thursday 19th April, Alibi.

Friday 26th April, Dicies (with Bin Juice)

Friday 10th May, Yours & Owls

Also watch Le Tour de Funk’s music video for ‘The Bike Song’

and check them out on the following links!

Bandcamp:  http://letourdefunk.bandcamp.com/album/ep

Soundcloud:  http://soundcloud.com/letourdefunk

Triple J unearthed:  http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=56323

Music videos:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu0OFCnUlWs&feature=youtu.be

Live videos:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUxd92bYU9A

Copyright © Music Mayhem with Mandy 2013



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