September 17, 2010

Following on from two self-produced EPs, The Daredevil Christopher Wright released their debut album, In Deference To A Broken Back, last year. The record combines music as simultaneously subtle and lavish, with beautiful lyrics weighed down with sadness yet desperate to explode with joy, with vocal qualities particularly rare in the indie pop world.

Brothers Jonathan and Jason Sunde and their friend Jesse Eddington come from Wisconsin and compose daring songs so full of life that they make you want to believe in better days.

Just before we welcomed autumn in with open arms, The Daredevil Christopher Wright were the ideal group to close the third summer season of concerts at 7ème Ciel.

As a prelude to the gig, we opened the rooftop to Leslie Bouchet, a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique of Paris and Adrien Leroy, former student of the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique d'Orléans. These two actors performed Lux in Tenebris, an early, short Bertolt Brecht play.

A critique of a style of capitalism which forbids any form of philanthropy, the light of the title 'the light in the darkness' is the powerful light that Paduk installs in a street containing a brothel. It is to scare away the clients and to highlight his own supposedly philanthropic institution, the goal of which is to warn people against the risks linked to prostitution.

In reality, we witness the struggle of one commercial business – Paduk's organisation – against another – Madame Hogge's brothel – and the shift of capital from one to the other.