GEINS'T NAÏT L'Or'n'Cät
Geins't Naït was founded in Nancy, France, in 1986 by Thierry Merigout and Vincent Hachet, both students at the Architecture School of Nancy. A year later Laurent Petitgrand joined the band. Their sound is often described as an equivalent of bands like Einstürzende Neubauten, Coil or Test Dept., but Geins't Naït is not pure classic Industrial. While Geins't Naït offers rough pieces of music as an extension of its punk attitude, Petitgand refines them to create some musicality within the post-industrial collages, adding guitars, piano, and classical instruments. Geins't Naït and Laurent Petitgand sharpen sounds, giving them a kind of balance and density and ensuring that the musical language evokes a deep experience. Their music is raw and fascinating, and largely influenced by Surrealists and Situationists. Their early albums were released by French label Permis De Construire, with L'Or'n Cat being the second, released in 1987. It features ten tracks which have been carefully remastered for this first ever CD re-issue by Martin Bowes. Full tracklist: 1. Canari Et Compagnie 2. Splendeur Mécanique 3. Attention Deux 4. Toutatoc 5. Comme Un Lou 6. Radio Nino 7. Attention Un 8. Dormir 9. Paolino 10. Aldo. Price: € 18,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.
The mood is quite heavy and dark throughout, more so than so it seems on their debut album. Rhythms mechanically hammer away, along with grinding guitars. Interestingly some of the beats remind me of hip hop music but are played with the same ferocity as metal music. Geins t Naït is a band with many faces and many influences, which shows in the music. You could think that with all the variation and influences going on, the album would be too diverse, but thats not the case. Instead, it is all very much together, maybe even more so than on their debut album. It is pretty grim music, but please note the word pretty. This sort of heaviness is well spent on me.
(Vital Weekly, April 2022)
Nie inaczej rzecz się ma z drugim albumem tria. Jego muzyka wywodzi się wprost z dokonań Throbbing Gristle – i słychać to od razu w otwierającym płytę utworze Canari Et Compagnie. Francuzi potrafią jednak zamienić fabryczne hałasy na ciekawe kompozycje – a przekonuje o tym Splendeur Mecanique, lokujący się w formule rhythmic noise u, zainicjowanej przez Esplendor Geometrico. (...) L Or n Cat ustawił w swoim czasie Gens t Naït w czołówce europejskiej muzyki eksperymentalnej.
(Nowa Muzyka, October 2022)