There have not been many people that have been on the moon, but Gens De La Lune (People Of The Moon) is a Frenche band from mother earth. Co-founder of Ange, Francis Decamps founded Gens De La Lune in his 2009 return to the roots of progressive rock. Pentacle De Lune is its fourth album and the album consists of six track.
Seven years ago the band released the very positively acclaimed double album Épitaphe, and now they try to do an even better album. The new album have the same line-up as on Épitaphe and they showcase a strong desire to do creative and fascinating music.
The band states, «Pentacle De Lune is the last reverence of the Gens De La Lune to Earthlings».
«It is also the last poetic and musical journey of five characters who carried out a long and tedious work before seeing the end of the road. The official release of this concept album. We hope that many of you will join us in sharing this supreme cake, because you are the bean of it and without your presence, this adventure would never have existed».
«Many thanks to Luc, Christine, Izumi, Mami, Julien, Thomas, Olive and all those who helped us to carry out this project. Many thanks to all of you for your support and maybe see you soon for one last big party together! Fingers crossed! ».
1. Votre heros !
2. Au-dela des sanglots
3. L’incipit de l’homme
4. Face au gibet
5. Le coeur de la philia
6. Pentacle de lune
Francis Decamps (Ange) – keyboards, vocals
Jean Philippe Suzan – vocals
Damien Chopard – guitar, vocals
Cédric Mells – drums, vocals
Mathieu Desbarats – bass, vocals
Gens De La Lune is a French symphonic prog group headlined by the eccentricities of Francis Decamps who is infamous for his keyboards and vocal prowess with prog legends Ange. Decamps composed the infamous tracks on Ange’s 25 albums from 1969 to 1995. Ange performed thousands of concerts over the years and enjoyed the success of 6 gold albums during their existence. Gens de la Lune continues the trend that Ange is known for; a solid keyboard focus, with surreal lyrics, odd time signatures, and an eccentric stage presence.
Decamps is the driving force of this group, he has worn strange kabuki makeup in the same way that Peter Gabriel fronted the Genesis of the early 70s with makeup. It is a scary visage that conjures up the pale corpse look of Gabriel or Fish from Marillion. Indeed the sound is akin to the Genesis style, bombastic instrumentation with story teller vocals conjuring up a wide variety of surreal imagery.
The name Gens De La Lune refers to a village legend, Champey, based near Héricourt, in France’s Haute-Saône. Legend tells the story of how the villagers in this town believed they saw their village set alight on a night where the full moon loomed, hence the title.