B i o g r a p h y
 (by Andy Kellman)

“Tristesse Contemporaine is a Parisian trio:

- Narumi was born in Tokyo, she began playing the piano at the age of 3 before entering the academy at 17. She started an all girl punk band at high school and covered songs by Staline (a famous Japanese band) and The Cure. As a fan of Godard and La Nouvelle Vague, Narumi came to Paris in 1994 to learn the French language and study fashion. She has worked for the music orientated media and for the Japanese gallery Poetry of Sex, as well as taking part in bands Suburbia (with Marc Collin), aswefall (with Léo Hellden) and Telepopmusic. It was on tour with the latter that she met Maik the singer. Screamadelica by Primal Scream is her favourite album.

- Léo Hellden grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm and was focused on a career as a hockey player before he started playing guitar at the age of 18. Three years later he became the guitarist of Jay Jay Johanson and recorded three albums (Tatoo, Poison, Antenna). On his way to London, he met a French woman and moved to Paris where he started aswefall with Clément, as well as studying economics. Léo often quotes Robin Guthrie from the Cocteau Twins as a decisive influence.

- Maik is from East London where his Jamaican family still live today. He is a fan of hip hop and started writing words after discovering Leonard Cohen (Maik hopes to equal him before he is 70). In the mid 90's, he became the singer of Earthling after answering an advertisement in The NME. He recorded three albums including the cult trip hop album Radar. He took part in a project called Cuba, a group signed to 4AD, but the apocalyptic touring got the better of him. A French woman saved him and he followed her to Paris where he said : “If I had stayed in England, I would have died.”

Through friendship and compatibility, Narumi, Léo and Maik decided to start a band in 2009. They soon needed to record in order to back up their spontaneous ideas, their imagination and their powerful drafts. The demos resulting from their recording sessions were like nothing before although they were clearly inspired by the Talking Heads (Fear of Music), Young Marble Giant (Collossal Youth) and The Cure (17 seconds). Then they had to find a name. Whilst looking through an old bookshop, Léo came across a book called La tristesse contemporaine by Hippolyte Fierens Gevaert – a book on the main moral and intellectual movements of the 19th century. Tristesse Contemporaine was a French band of foreigners, a group of “back seat drivers” as they called themselves. Tristesse Contemporaine was a band of migrants, modern drifters.

Their first EP, 51 ways to leave your lover, released by Danton Eeprom Fondation, was the sound matrix Tristesse Contemporaine developed and confident: minimal, airy, opiate, on the edge. Pilooski (Discodeine, Dirty Edits) mixed their first album which has been released by Dirty, revealing the power of instant classics such as In the Wake, Hierarchies or I didn't Know, capturing the time to ignite. With the stage as their best ally, Tristesse Contemporaine will be touring in the year 2012.”



Tristesse Contemporaine
- 2012-03-12 -

Empty Hearts
In The Wake
Hell Is Other People
I Didn't Know
Daytime Nighttime
Hierarchies
51 Ways To Leave Your Lover
America
Uptown Top Ranking
(Bonus Track)


Stay Golden
- 2013-10-25 -



Fire
Stay Golden
Waiting
Going Out
I Do What I Want
Can't Resist
Burning
Pretend
Most Times
 

Stop and Start
- 2017-01-20 -



Let's Go
Dem Roc
Girls
Know My Name
Get What You Want
Everyday
It Doesn'
t Matter
Stop and Start
No Hope
Ceremony

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Tristesse Contemporaine

Empty Hearts

Our empty hearts never stood a chance
We were world's apart everytime we danced
Talking like nothing's going on
Trying to do things that we know we can't

Our empty hearts never stood a chance
We were world's apart everytime we danced
Talking like nothing's going on
Trying to do things that we know we can't
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Empty hearts, empty hearts can't break
Empty hearts, empty hearts can't break
Our empty hearts never stood a chance
We were world's apart everytime we danced

Talking like nothing's going on
Trying not do things that we know we can't
Empty hearts, empty hearts can't break
Empty hearts, empty hearts can't break
Empty hearts, empty hearts can't break
Empty hearts, empty hearts can't break

In the Wake

Walking down the street with my hands in my pockets
Staring at the sky and the sky's full of rockets
We can't stop it, it just goes on without us
Everything's the same just the uppers and the downers
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Come from the south used to know where the north is
Used to go around, used to ride wild horses
Flying round the planet just sucking up resources
Digging in my pockets just counting out my losses

I'm right here
And I got nowhere to go
I don't care
Act like I never know

I'm right here
And I got nowhere to go
I don't care
Act like I never know

Walking down the street with my hands in my pockets
Staring at the sky and the sky's full of rockets
We can't stop it, it just goes on without us
Everything's the same just the uppers and the downers

Come from the south used to know where the north is
Used to go around, used to ride wild horses
Flying round the planet just sucking up resources
Digging in my pockets just counting out my losses

Walking down the street with my hands in my pockets
Staring at the sky and the sky's full of rockets
We can't stop it, it just goes on without us
Everything's the same just the uppers and the downers

I'm right here
And I got nowhere to go
I don't care
Act like I never know

I'm right here
I don't care
I'm right here
I don't care

Hell Is Other People

Doing what we need to
Everyone is see through
Stay away from evil
Hell is other people

Never tried to leave you
Slide away like treacle
No one ever keeps you
Hate is never equal
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
You're one of the people
You're one of the people now
No one can see you
No one can see you now
You're one of the people

Doing what we need to
Everyone is see through
Stay away from evil
Hell is other people

Never tried to leave you
Slide away like treacle
No one ever keeps you
Hate is never equal

You're one of the people
You're one of the people now
No one can see you
No one can see you now
You're one of the people

I Didn't Know

I didn't know what I was doing ‘til I was doing it
I didn't know where I was going ‘til I abused it
I didn't know that I was there ‘til I was out of there
I rolled the dice but they took me back another year

I didn't know
I didn't know
I didn't know
I didn't know

I didn't know that the city was a heart attack
I'm at the station but I'm never gonna find the track
I was surprised to see you standing in the cold
A thousand miles just to tell me that I'm getting old
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
I didn't know
I didn't know
I didn't know
I didn't know

Daytime Nighttime

Nothing ever happens
I lost all my passion
I just keep crashing
Living on my rations

The bullets and the roses
Devil and the poses
Don't know where my ghost is
Don't know where my home is
Guess we never chose this
I'm in the sea with Moses
Looking for my roses
I guess it's never hopeless
The bullets and the passion
Devils and the poises
This has never happened
Nothing ever happens

Nothing ever happens
The bullets and the rations
I'm looking for my passion
I just keep crashing

Day time night time
Night time day time
We do it all at the same time

Daytime Nighttime
Nighttime Daytime
We do it all at the same time

I just keep crashing
Living on my rations
The bullets and the roses
Devil and the poses
Don't know where my ghost is
Don't know where my home is
Guess we never chose this
I'm in the sea with Moses
Looking for my roses
I guess it's never hopeless
The bullets and the passion
Devils and the poises
This has never happened
Nothing ever happens
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Nothing ever happens

Day time night time
Night time day time
We do it all at the same time

Day time night time
Night time day time
We do it all at the same time

Day time night time
Night time day time
We do it all at the same time

Day time night time
Night time day time
We do it all at the same time

The bullets and the roses
The bullets and the rations
Devil and the roses
I'm looking for my passions
I'm in the sea with Moses
I just keep crashing
We never chose this
Nothing ever happens

I don't know where my ghost is
The bullets and the rations
I don't know where my home is
I just keep crashing
I guess it's never hopeless
I'm looking for my passions
Devils and the poises

The bullets and the roses
The bullets and the rations
Devil and the roses
I'm looking for my passions
I'm in the sea with Moses
I just keep crashing
We never chose this
Nothing ever happens

I don't know where my ghost is
The bullets and the rations
I don't know where my home is
I just keep crashing
I guess it's never hopeless
I'm looking for my passions
Devils and the poises

Day time night time
Night time day time
We do it all at the same time

Day time night time
Night time day time
We do it all at the same time

Day time night time
Night time day time
We do it all at the same time

Day time night time
Night time day time
We do it all at the same time

Hierarchies

I think I got us a way out, I think I got us a way out of this
I think I got us a way out, I think I got us a way out of this
I think I got us a way out, I think I got us a way out of this
I think I got us a way out, I think I got us a way out of this
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
A way out, a way out, a way out, a way out, a way out
A way out, a way out, a way out, a way out, a way out

51 Ways To Leave Your Lover

I got everything you need
You don't even have to creep
Saw you rocking it
Rocking it to these beats

You don't have to creep now
You don't even have to sneak now

I got everything you need
I got everything you need
Saw you rocking it
Rocking it to these beats

You don't even have to sneak now
You don't even have to creep now
You don't even have to creep now
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
I got everything
I got everything you need
I got everything
I got everything you need

You don't have to sneak now
You don't have to creep now
You don't even have to sneak now
You don't even have to creep now

America

We were in the city
But nothing was open
And we went walking
To the ocean

I had my camera
I filmed you running
Like you had only learnt how to run

And we sat down
And stared at the sea
When we were in America

I left you in the apartment
And took a taxi out of town

When we were in America
When we were in America
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
It's okay
It's okay
I's okay
When we were in America

It's okay
It's okay
When we were in America

It's okay
It's okay
When we were in America

It's okay
It's okay
When we were in America

Uptown Top Ranking

( Bonus Track - Althea and Donna Cover )

See me in my heels and ting
Then check that we're hip and ting
True them no no and ting
We have them going and ting

No pop no style
I'm strictly roots
No pop no style
I'm strictly roots

See me upon the road and you don't call out to me
True you see me in my pants and ting
See me in my alter back
See me give you heart attack

Give me little bass make me wind up my ways
Uptown top ranking

See me in my benz and ting
Dolly to constant spring
Then check that I come from cosmo spring
But true they don't know and ting

Dem no know sey we top ranking
Uptown top rankin'
Rob from always on the run dot net is so bad and copy paste is a sin
Should have seen me and the rankin' dread
Check how we jammin' and ting
Love is all I bring
In a me khaki suit and ting

No pop no style - I'm strictly roots
No pop no style - I'm strictly roots

Watch how w chuckin and ting
In my khaki suit and ting
Love is all I bring
In a me kahkia suit and ting

No pop no style
I'm strictly roots
No pop no style
I'm strictly roots

No pop no style
I'm strictly roots
No pop no style
I'm strictly roots

Watch how we chuck it and ting
Inna we khaki suit and ting
Love is all I bring
Inna me khaki suit and ting

No pop no style
I'm strictly roots
No pop no style
I'm strictly roots

No pop no style
I'm strictly roots
No pop no style
I'm strictly roots

Top Ranking, top ranking
Top Ranking, top ranking

No pop no style
I'm strictly roots
No pop no style
I'm strictly roots
Top Ranking

Stay Golden

Fire

Sitting on the pavement the days go by
Even when the rain came I didn't try
Another story another lie
Everyone I know now is hypnotised

Transfer money from account to count
Keeps coming in, it keeps coming out
Every time we speak now you sound so down
You used to be some kind of super clown

Oh, oh, the city's on fire now
Oh, oh, the city's on fire now

Going out now, gonna get some Thai
Me and the monkey flying through the sky
You got running from the nighttimes
You got me waiting for the sunrise
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
Oh, oh, the city's on fire now
Oh, oh, the city's on fire now
Oh, oh, the city's on fire now
Oh, oh, the city's on fire now

The city's on fire now
The city's on fire now
The city's on fire now
The city's on fire now

Oh, oh, the city's on fire now
Oh, oh, the city's on fire now
Oh, oh, the city's on fire now
Oh, oh, the city's on fire now

The city's on fire now
The city's on fire now
The city's on fire now

Stay Golden

They call us villains
It's just time killing
These day that we're living
There's a thousand ways to kill 'em

Like in that movie
When they said stay golden
Everything we have now
Is stolen

They call us villains but it's just time killing
They call us villains but it's just time killing
They call us villains but it's just time killing
They call us villains but it's just time killing

We're just killing time
We're just killing time

They call us villains
It's just time killing
These day that we're living
There's a thousand ways to kill 'em

Like in that movie
When they said stay golden
Everything we have now
Is stolen

They call us villains but it's just time killing
They call us villains but it's just time killing
They call us villains but it's just time killing
They call us villains but it's just time killing
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
We're just killing time
We're just killing time

We're just killing time
We're just killing time

We're just killing time
We're just killing time

Waiting

Staring at the rose
I watched it till it died
When it decomposed
I placed it by your side

Staring at the rose
I watched it till it died
When it decomposed
I placed it by your side

And you looked spooky
Like some broken doll
And lie next to you
Just waiting

Waiting for your ghost to call
Just waiting for your ghost to call
Just waiting for your ghost to call
And come back and haunt me
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
Staring at the rose
I watched it till it died
And when it decomposed
I placed it by your side

And you looked spooky
Like some broken doll
And lie next to you
Just waiting

Waiting for your ghost to call
Waiting for your ghost to call
Waiting for your ghost to call
And come back and haunt me

Waiting for your ghost to call
Waiting for your ghost to call
I'm waiting for your ghost to call
And come back and haunt me

I'm waiting for your ghost to come
I'm waiting for your ghost to come
I'm waiting for your ghost to come
I'm waiting for your ghost to come

I'm waiting for your ghost to come
I'm waiting for your ghost to come

And come back and haunt me
And come back and haunt me
And come back and haunt me
And come back and haunt me

Going Out

I'm leaving today
I'm leaving you right now
I'm leaving today, now

I guess it hasn't changed
I don't know what you say
I walk the other way, now

I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
Tonight

And now there's nothing there
Pretend not to be here
Don't wanna get too near, now
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
Don't like to be outside
I watch the people hide
I guess they're hypnotised with life

I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
Tonight

I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
Tonight

I guess it hasn't changed
I don't know what you say
I walk the other way, now

I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
Tonight

I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
I'm going out tonight
Tonight

I Do What I Want

I do what I want
I never get caught
I never get caught
'Cause I do what I want

I do what I want
I never get caught
I never get caught
'Cause I do what I want

Helicopters trying to stop us
We're on the ground with the Mods and Rockers
They call the dogs and they call the doctors
They wanna stop us they'll never stop us
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
Helicopters trying to stop us
We're on the ground with the Mods and Rockers
They call the dogs and they call the doctors
They wanna stop us they'll never stop us

I do what I want
He do what he want
I never get caught
He never get caught
I never get caught
He never get caught
'Cause I do what I want
And do what he wants

I do what I want
He do what he want
I never get caught
He never get caught
I never get caught
He never get caught
'Cause I do what I want
And do what he wants

I do what I want
I never get caught
I do what I want
I never get caught

I do what I want
I never get caught
I do what I want
I never get caught
I do what I want

Helicopters trying to stop us
We're on the ground with the Mods and Rockers
They call the dogs and they call the doctors
They wanna stop us they'll never stop us

Helicopters trying to stop us
We're on the ground with the Mods and Rockers
They call the dogs and they call the doctors
They wanna stop us they'll never stop us

Can't Resist

Sometimes I feel like an arsonist
You got me running out of magic tricks
I'm burning down everywhere I live
Your love and hate tattooed to my fists
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
Without the night we don't exist
You put the blade across my wrists
You're getting easy to predict
I do the crimes you can't commit

Hey, now
Hey now
Hey now
Hey now hey

End my life another way
Finish my life another day
End my life another way
Finish my life another day
Hey, another way, another way
Another way, another way

It don't matter what you say
Gonna end my life another way
Gonna go on a holiday
She's gonna call, come out and play
And I don't what I'll say
Don't know if I'll run away
Gonna end my life another way

End my life another way
Finish my life another day
End my life another way
Finish my life another day

Hey, hey, hey, hey...
Another way, another way
Another way, another way...

Burning

I would've said anything just to hear you sigh
Lie after lie just to keep you on line
And that house that we used to live in
From here I can still see it burning

We keep walking ‘til the day turns black
Trying to stop the bleeding
Reading letters from those heathens
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
From here we can see the sunlight
Breaking down and fading out
Everyone was here but they ain't here now
They're not here now

And from here we can see the sunlight
Breaking down and fading out
Everyone was here but they ain't here now

We watch it burning
We watch it burning
We watch it burning
We watch it burning

We keep walking ‘til the day turns black
Trying to stop the bleeding
Reading letters from those heathens
From here we can see the sunlight
Breaking down and fading out
Everyone was here but they're not here non

We watch it burning
We watch it burning
We watch it burning
We watch it burning

We watch it burning
We watch it burning
We watch it burning, burning, burning

And from here we can see the sunlight
Breaking down and fading out
Everyone was here but they ain't here now

Everyone was here
We can see the sunlight
Breaking down and fading out
Everyone was here
Everyone was here

Pretend

Found a new way to pretend
All the good times have been spent
They always get us in the end
Until they bring us here again
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
Got no other way to be
Walking further out to sea
I don't know when they will learn
Everyone will get their turn

Found a new way to pretend
All the good times have been spent
They always get us in the end
Until they bring us here again

Never gave you what you need
I used to watch you bleed

Got no other way to be
Walking further out to sea
I don't know when they will learn
Everyone will get their turn
I don't know when they will learn
Everyone will get their turn

Most Times

Most times
We dive
It's like
Into light
It gets bright
It gets white
We dive
Into light
Most times

Most times
Most nights
It's like
We dive
Into light
Into night
It gets bright
It gets white
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
Most times
It's like
We dive
Into light
It gets bright
Into light
Into white
Most nights
It's like
We dive
Into light
Into white
It gets bright
Most times

It gets bright
It gets bright
It gets white
It gets white
It gets bright
It gets bright
It gets white
It gets white

Stop and Start

Let's go

I got all my friends and my people with me
Everywhere I go is everyone I see
But I'm just looking for another place to be
I'm just looking for another place for you and me

Let's go
Let's go
Let's go
Come on baby let's go
you copy you past you lose
Everywhere I go is everyone I see
I got all my friends and my people with me
But I'm just looking for another place to be
I'm just looking for another place for you and me

Let's go
Come on baby let's go
Let's go
Come on baby let's go
Let's go

No Hope

I guess there's just no hope
I guess there's just no hope
I guess there's just no hope

Wanted to take you
But in the end you wouldn't come
We take a deep breath
We suffer when we're all alone
I'm like that king just putting on a brand new throne
We're leaving town
Moving in to another home

Try to forget everything that we''ve ever known
Soft strokes got us ready for another blow
You make no sound when you know there's no hope
You make no sound when you know there's no hope
you copy you past you lose
There's no hope
I guess there's just no hope
I guess there's just no hope

Now it's just me and my fisher price record player
Sitting on a mountain top in the Himalayas
Came here to figure out all them big questions
But so far I ain't figured anything

No hope
I guess there's just no hope
I guess there's just no hope
I guess there's just no hope

No hope
I guess there's just no hope
I guess there's just no hope
I guess there's just no hope

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