The last years a couple of nice atmospheric rock/metal/hardcore bands were born in France. Year of No Light, Overmars and Asidefromaday are the best examples and L' Homme Puma can be added to this trio. They are instrumental and operate mostly in the alternative rock spectrum although I also see musical similarities with Burst (for example at the end of "Surtout dans les coins").

French speeches and electronic interludes (sampling and beats) are woven through autonomous music. It makes L' Homme Puma an interesting new band in this popular genre. In "Toy Division" they share the same atmosphere as the Germans from Long Distance Calling; due to the electronic stuff you can't call them copycats. The nine songs are driving forward like a soundtrack for a drama film.

One of the highlights is the song "Catherine Deneuve", the melancholic atmosphere is slowly taking over the natural temper of the music, as if L' Homme Puma wants to take the listener into a bad mood. Later, in "Plaisir d'offrir", they show glimpses of hope by introducing hopeful xylophone and keyboard sounds. It's also a way to show how bright the future can be.

With 'On Remplace Les Yeux Cassés' the future looks bright for this French collective. Over an hour they keep their postrock (sorry for the term!) interesting, not many new or undiscovered band can say that in 2009.

Collective Zine

This record arrived today along with a few others things from Communication Is Not Words, and the first thing I managed to do was accidentally cut a hole in a t-shirt when opening the parcel. Shit! It looks good and fits well too so I am a bit annoyed. My mum went ballistic once when I cut a hole in a pair of socks she had given me for Christmas when taking off the tags that came with them. Ten years later I haven't learnt from these mistakes.

L'Homme Puma released a self titled record on CD a few years back, combining post-rock with audio samples and screamo. It's some of the best music of that type out there I think, though sadly the style in general got pretty old very quickly for me. Too many one-dimensional bands repeating the same formula of slow and quiet build ups into loud and fast finales. The same goes for numerous post-rock bands without vocals too. Thankfully L'Homme Puma avoid this and just stick to writing damn good instrumental music that weaves around and stays interesting. They've dropped the vocals completely too, which allows the listener to concentrate on the instruments themselves more. It should certainly widen their audience base as I can imagine a lot of people being into this if they gave it a chance.

The record is pretty long, so long that they couldn't fit it all on a 12'' and the last two songs had to be put on a 7'' that comes with it. Overall, this is very solid that I'd certainly recommend to fans of the genre.

Set Us Free

The french l'Homme Puma takes us for the sake of change on to a journey in the universe of instrumental post-rock. Or so it feels. Their weird mixtures of rockriff, electronica and acoustic guitars, and the typical post-rock riff plus the melodies makes me really think that l'Homme Puma is something above the normal. Dialogues and speeches is wildly sampled, and I think I recognize a part out of Kubricks phenomenous movie Full Metal Jacket on the song "Surtout dans les coins", which is absolutely wonderful. If I should take another example of how cool mixes l'Homme Puma makes, then I must say that the intro on "Catherine Deneuve" is massive, crazy, and bloody heavy, to then change to something completely different. I'm already stunned, but the eight track "Plaisir D'offrir" makes me fall completely. I want to cry because of its beuty. The whole record is just one big earorgasm.

Ox Fanzine

Der Pumamensch ist ein dreiköpfiges instrumentales Postrock-Monstrum aus Paris, das den breiten, getragenen Kollossal-Sound von Bands wie PELICAN, ISIS und anderen Hydra Head-Bands über den Ozean trägt.

Dabei entstehen auch bei nur drei Musikern und ein paar Samples enorme Klangwände, die nicht einfach linear auf- und wieder abgebaut werden, sondern mit verschiedensten anderen Parts verschwimmen und zu Zehn-Minuten-Epen werden, die die ganze Platte bei nur sieben Songs auf über eine Stunde Musik aufblasen.

Und eine leichte Tendenz zur Rock-Attitüde zieht sich durch das gesamte Album, das in seiner Gesamtheit wie eine monolithische Einheit wirkt. Dieser leicht spirituelle Charakter wird in "Surtout dans le coin" durch eingespielte NRA- und Army-Chöre ironisch ergänzt.

Mit ihrem dritten Release haben L'HOMME PUMA ein Werk erschaffen, das zur Entfaltung seiner gesamten Wirkung unbedingt auf LP erscheinen muss und natürlich noch eines Konzerterlebnisses bedarf!

com06 - june 2009

L'HOMME PUMA - On Remplace Les Yeux Cassés 12"+7"

478 copies

Communication Is Not Words / Things Get Worse

l'homme puma - on remplace les yeux casses

a1. On remplace les yeux cassés
a2. Plaisir d'offrir
a3. Wronki
b1. Velours et pourpre
b2. Catherine Deneuve [mp3 | ogg]


a1. Ussel Van Osselt
b1. Surtout dans les coins

Artworks made by Capsule.

Recorded in Geneva (Switzerland) by Thierry VAN OSSELT, april 2008.