Inspector Cluzo - We The People Of The Soil - New CD Album -PreOrder 26/10/2018
In 2018, The Inspector Cluzo, «The Rockfarmers», celebrate 10 years of existence that started in 2008 in Glasgow. To mark the event, there is a biography of the group that was published in November 2017, and their 6th album, recorded in Nashville by the multi-Grammy Award winner Vance Powell, who already has such pedigreed rock stars in his stable as Jack White, White Stripes, Seasick Steve, and Chris Stapleton, and mixed in 12 days. Vance is a big fan of The Inspector Cluzo. He did the mix on the last album, ‘Rockfarmers’.
«Rockfarmers» is a biography written by Romain Lejeune, published by Editions Braquages (Nov 2017). Romain Lejeune, a journalist for the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles, has followed the activities of these two incredible gascons who started from nothing in their native Mont de Marsan in the southwest of France, and who after more than 900 concerts in 45 countries, and 100,000 albums sold – all of this done completely on their own – have become one of the most internationally-known French groups, and financed only by money that they have generated themselves – whether it’s from something to eat or something to listen to . . . all of it in a very concrete utopian sense of living their convictions. In the end they are a group that controls everything from A to Z: they are their own manager – their own record label (Fuckthebassplayer), their own tour manager, professional organic farmers on their farm, Lou Casse, (www.loucasse.com) in the Gascony region in the southwest of France.
With their double skills as musicians and farmers, they are financially independent and are also able to produce most of the food that they eat. Two occupations that are really one when considered as the goal of the eminently political and militant movement ‘Act locally to think globally’. The book has a preface written by JD Beauvallet, the editor of the French magazine ‘Les Inrockuptibles’, and illustrated by Marc Large illustrator for the French newspaper, Sud-Ouest.
Their music is as organic as the vegetables they grow on their farm. An old friend and organist with the Dynamites, Charles Treadway, lays down his B3 and his Leslie on a few titles, as well as Tyler Bryant, close friend and big fan of the group, who tears it up with Laurent in a superb duel of ‘pistoleros’ at the end of ‘Pressure on Mada lands’ in a tribute to Madagascar, which is the 45th country where they have played as part of their world-wide concert tours – and which is a declaration of the group’s conviction to ‘Act locally to Think Globally’.
The photo on the album jacket is Miguel, Lou Casse’s (billy)goat – a super mower and a great alternative to herbicides. The drawings were done by the very loyal Taiwanese artiste, ABU.
The strong song writing and sharp lyrics are without a doubt the driving force behind the success of this extraordinary album because it reveals/expresses the organic convictions – whether they be dietary or musical, no computers, no tricks – played by the musicians’ four hands, never wanting to lie to their public whether it’s about music or about food(products). This album is dedicated to all the real ecologists, those who are never called ‘ecolos’, but who in fact are, without proclaiming it. Those who tirelessly work the land all over the world. «We, the people of the soil» are those who bend down to the earth both physically and figuratively, whose backs are strained yet with undying humility, like the Cluzo’s forebearers, the humble gascony sharecroppers in the Landes region (in the southwest of France), proud of their roots and their heritage, living in harmony with nature, and those who feed them and support them. (The) Cluzo says « We are the people of the soil », along with those who already are . . . but also with those who are not yet aware of the movement, but who should come around in a few years. We are all people of the soil whether we like it or not – that is the extra strong unifying message of this album, musically but also as citizens going against the trend of globalisation standards currently in place. For Cluzo, « We, the people of the soil » by analogy with « We, the People . . . » in the American Constitution, should be the beginning of every democratic constitution, a priority for our common future, on which the society of tomorrow will be built – that is the message of this album, and which is the cornerstone of a career started 20 years ago.
1.A Man Outstanding In His Field
2.The Sand Preacher
6.We The People Of The Soil
7.No Deal At The Crossroads
9.Pressure On Mada Lands
10.The Globalisation Blues
11.Brothers In Ideals