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Bluesfest: The avant-garde soundscapes of Fet.Nat

By Alejandro Bustos on July 12, 2015




Fet.Nat “WTF Jumpin’ Bean” Pop Montreal 2014 / Parlabande – Published on Oct 13, 2014 (courtesy of YouTube)

If Ottawa audiences want to hear some interesting musical experiments taking place in our region, then they need look no further than across the bridge to Quebec.

Since 2010, the Hull-based collective Fet.Nat has been concocting strange audio blends in their musical laboratories.  With fractured melodies, electronic forms and disjointed groves, this avant-garde quartet has been creating some highly unusual (and original) material.

Little wonder, then, that the group describes themselves as playing “Art-punk, Strange, French” music on their Facebook page.  As a side-note, they list July 4, 1776 – the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence – as the group’s birthday.

The band now brings their cutting-edge sound and iconoclastic attitude to Bluesfest, when they perform on Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 pm at the Canadian Stage.

“This is a perfect opportunity to let ourselves be wild,” says the group’s vocalist JFNo.  “Why? Larger Stage. We play mostly bar-size stages, but we have played many times on larger stages with other bands.  Fet.Nat is like a hobby for us.  We like it so much that when we have the opportunity to play on larger stages . . .  well you can almost figure out the rest.”

If you enjoy innovative art then you may want to check out this show, as the group is known to mix together such diverse sounds as electronic tones, improvised jazz noises, punk and Afro-beats.  This unconventional sound has led the group to collaborate with visual artists, including illustrators, screen-printers and video makers.

As for the Bluesfest show, this is what JFNo says festival goers can expect: a very tight performance of material from their latest release Poule Mange Poule, with a few brand new songs thrown in.

He then adds with non sequitur wit: “[Audiences] can expect, like us, perfect weather (well don’t want to jinx it, but let’s hope for it).  We’re going to be very awake and healthy.  Everybody is on their A-game status.  No hostage should be taken for granted.  So we’re going to kill it.”

Fet.Nat play Bluesfest on Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 pm at the Canadian Stage.  For information on obtaining a festival pass you can go to the ticket section on the Bluesfest online site.