Vilaine Tracks Talks of Issues Involving Music and Current Matters!

Mixer-uppers VILAINE TRACKS have been around for a while, releasing an EP, with a follow-up released just recently! New music is slowly coming together but due to the current situation a lot is put on hold, with no other plans at the current time. But that does not stop the band from talking about these issues at hand!

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

VILAINE TRACKS, rock quartet from Le Mans (France), was formed was formed around Arnaud, (guitarist / band leader) and Thierry on bass in 2016. Joined by Ben on saxophone and Vincent on drums, the 4 Villains continue to offer tracks that mix their rock influences while striving to produce a dynamic and melodic sound.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The origin of the band’s name comes from the name of a Village near Le Mans where band leader used to live.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

The band is based in the city of Le Mans, well known from the world famous the car race. Considering the size of the city (Le Mans is the 20th biggest city on France), the music scene is quite developed thanks to a non profit organization that is really involved in promoting local culture and music (website in French  :

A band that we could recommend is TURBO PANDA (

Another band that we would recommend, although in a very different style (folk/pop), is THE ORCHID ( These guys are very talented, and they are currently working on their first album.

4. How would you describe your style?

A mix of energic ‘basic’ rock and punk music that also includes melodic moments thanks to the harmonica and the saxophone.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

First EP was released in 2017 but at the end, we were not happy of the overall sound quality. Thus, we don’t actively “promote” it as we prefer to spend our energy (and money too!) with our second EP (SUNNY GRAVE; December 2020), for which we are very satisfied with the overall result.

We also recently welcomed the good news that SUNNY GRAVE was selected, among more than 30 French bands, by French Rock Magazine “Rock & Folk” (equivalent to Rolling Stones Magazine in UK/US) for a review in its local bands section in the May issue. 

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Not really, due to the health situation. Our last rehearsal practice is dated from end of 2020. However, we will be meeting in May to start on working on our next recording. Our guitarist and band leader, Arnaud, has been busy during the lockdown situation with coming a couple of interesting ideas.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Like 99% of the amateur bands, no, but things should be coming soon. With the release of our EP, we expect to be playing, hopefully from September, in the usual venues from our region (West of France / Loire Valley)

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

No specific plans: keep enjoying playing music together, playing live and trying to record a new EP/album next year. We are, and we will remain, an amateur band and we want to take all the opportunities we can to play live, following the good reviews we received for our EP, SUNNY GRAVE. 

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Well, it is not an easy question as we haven’t really thought about what we would like a listener to remember when hearing our music. But in our opinion, we would be happy if people listening to our music say that we are not (surely due to the addition of the saxophone on some of the songs) another similar-to-many rock bands with no real imagination or new ideas/sounds to offer. Hope this makes sense to you!

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