It was beautiful, authentic, priceless, devoted. It was Her.
The inimitable voice of Victor striking the room put all the audience in such an intense atmosphere. Dancing to the sound of their own beats, the band knows how to entertain a crowd and make them feel in ease. Their first self-titled album is a veritable hymn to life and tribute to Simon Carpentier, co-founder of the band who died at the age of 27 due to a cancer. Victor is keeping their music alive in such a beautiful way by going even further. Fancy venues, Olympia in Paris, some dates all over Europe and even in the USA… We had the opportunity to witness their unique show at the Opera of Rennes.
Her first started with the union of two complementary souls : Victor Solf & Simon Carpentier, who met when they were fourteen. Musically and humanly on the same mindset, they made their first productions with The Popopops in 2007. Some great shows and eight years later, a mix of modern soul and electro rock made its first appearance in the music industry. An unprecedented elegance, lyrics celebrating feminism and women, a timeless and innovative sound. Her was born.
Their music has been highly influenced by the year they spent in the USA. You can feel the black soul singer vibe in all their songs. A certain positivity and hopeful vibe also emerges from their state of mind. Before singing « Swim », Victor told us about how they left the USA just after Trump’s election and wanted to make a song about it for quite a long time, but they realised they didn’t take it from the right angle. Instead of doing a negative song about it, they had to do a positive one about how we should unite and fight for our rights, “Swim against, swim against, against the tide, walk against, walk against, against the flow”.
The audience went crazy when Victor and the musicians played the first notes of the famous « Five Minutes ». The repetitive lyrics imbibed the audience’s minds with a sophisticate and unconventional universe. The show must go on spirit continued with soul pop singles, symbolic/synonyms of elegancy and sensuality, such as « Quite Like », « Blossom Roses » or « We Choose ».
It surely wasn’t the most trivial thing for Victor to come back to Rennes, where it all started, and the emotion was palpable in his voice, but in a way that was giving him some strength. His gestures and presence on stage also added some charming emotion to the gig. His fist was often raised to the sky, to honor his friend and transmit powerful vibes about hope, freedom and life. The tireless audience was applauding, dancing, living, and basically keeping that music alive.
Not wanting to let the night ending, Victor, coupled with his unstoppable kindness, had a nice chat with everybody and signed plenty of vinyls, CDs and gig tickets. It wasn’t just a concert, it looked more like a whole musical experience on its own for both the audience and artist who were on cloud nine. Don’t miss them on tour !