First appeared on IGGY: November 28, 2011
Electro-pop duo Housse de Racket might be French, but their musical tastes are far-ranging. They owe their existence to a Pearl Jam T-shirt, one that a teenage Pierre Leroux wore to classical music camp, catching the eye of the Eddie Vedder-obsessed Victor Masne.
And nowadays, though their music is more Two Door Cinema Club than Seattle grunge, the two share a love for America, and sing half their songs in English.
For all their international flavor, Housse de Racket remain inheritors of a French pop crown — they come from the same area as fellow citoyens Air and Phoenix, and started out as these bands’ session musicians. Like good multi-taskers, they were working on their debut at the same time, and 2008 marked their debut, Forty Love, which they toured all over the world.
The duo’s name means “tennis racket cover,” but House of Racket describes them pretty well too. Their racket is a stylized, energetic noise — their second album Alesia reminds us of a brooding, love-lorn Phoenix. Moody, but meant to make you dance.