Thrash Hits verdict: There’s more to French heavy music than Gojira. There’s also the crust-mathcore combo that is Haut&Court. After getting given a refreshing blast of hateful noise delivered straight to our ears from these four Frenchmen, we dropped their frontman Arnaud a line to find out what it is about life that’s got him and his three bandmates just so full of venom.
He also keep banging on about cheese. Well, they are French, after all.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Cheesy sonic rape.
How did you meet?
Ravind [drums] and I met while playing in a sludge band called “My dead yellow pony”. It didn’t go anywhere but it was obvious that we would play together later. To this core came later Bernard, a jazz guitarist who wanted to widen his musical experience. We worked as a trio on the first EP and a few months later, Merko, from The Pledge of Cain joined us as bassist.
What made you want to start a band?
Music is definitely our life, we wanted to travel, meet new people, collect crazy experiences and – of course – eat weird stuff.
Or it might be for the money and the hookers, I don’t know.
Where did the name come from?
It basically means “hang them high” in French. It’s a bit cheesy, but we wanted something radical that express our point of views on values and behave that we loathe.
I’m also born with the umbilical cord around the neck, which might be a sign. Ha!
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We all grow up in tiny towns where culture was near to nothing. That forces us to open our minds on the outside and seek elsewhere to find something really interesting. That might be why we are using so much influences and don’t want to fit in only one genre.
What are your non-musical influences?
Cheese, wine and every kind of art made with passion and talent.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
It might be the mix of genres that we use to create music – grabbing the energy and the filth of crust, as well as the madness and energy of mathcore.
What’s the best – or funniest – show that you’ve played?
Our first “show” when we used to be called “Bukkake ruined my carpet” was during a motocross contest in the middle of a field. It was as bad as surrealistic. I genuinely have no memories about this show, thanks to the open bar, but some guys told us that it has been “interesting”.
We are doing our best to make every show the best, even if it’s in front of ten people. All Hails Dedication!
What have you got planned for the future?
We’re working on our first album, and after that we will tour a bit in Europe and hopefully the UK to promote it. We are also planning a few splits with friends and we are part of a great grind compilation called In Grindo Veritas out in June [on Kaotoxin Records]
Tell us a joke.
Cheese in the UK.
Haut&Court’s EP, La vie, is available now through their official Bandcamp page as a pay-what-you-like download. You can even get it for free, but if you like it, you should definitely go throw a few Euros in their direction.