Empress brings French pop back to Coachella

Paula Ramon (AFP)

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Sunday, 2022 April 17

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Two years after Pandemic failed to debut on the famous Coachella stage, French pop club L’Imperatrice is having its moment in California.

“It’s the icing on the cake,” singer Fleur Benguegui told AFP, speaking in English. “I think it’s magic. »

Six-member pop and non-disco band, formed in 2012. In Paris, he finally made it to the Coachella Theater during the promotional tour for his second album. taco tsubo.

“The world is different than it was 20 years ago,” said keyboardist Charles de Boisseguin. I think people are more open to different languages. Maybe people are a little more curious. »

“In French, maybe a bit ambiguous,” he added.

The band, whose additional members include Hagni Gwon (keyboards), David Gaugue (bass guitar), Achille Trocellier (electric guitar) and Tom Daveau (drums), had several EPs but released only one full-length album when the pandemic hit.

The closure gave L’Imperatrice the peace and quiet to claim her second record.

“We’ve been working really well,” Benguigui said, explaining how they’ve been building their studio, preparing for their comeback and final tour.

‘Tears of joy’

Wearing a neon pink dress and fuchsia purple ensemble by designer Pierre Cardin, Benguegui said the return to activity restrictions after the coronavirus was electric.

She said: “We could really feel the energy; some people were even crying with joy… They were really welcoming and relieved to finally see live music. »

“Every concert is different and we were so happy to be here at Coachella,” Benguegui said.

At the Gobi Theater, one of the festival’s seven Empire Polo Club desert campuses in Indio, hundreds flocked to the French show.

Dressed in red and mustard yellow and decorated with hearts, the empress kept her audience dancing non-stop during the 40 minutes of filming.

Next week, the band will play a second round of Coachella dates as they continue their US tour.

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