How best to describe the lush danceable laptop Hip Pop/Indie Rock of French Horn Rebellion? If you’re known by the company you keep, the Milwaukee-raised/Brooklyn-based duo — comprised of brothers David and Robert Perlick-Molinari — is rubbing elbows with the right kind of people, including Savoir Adore, Nini Fabi (HAERTS), Ghost Beach, MGMT and a veritable who’s who within the Electronic/DJ/Dance culture.
In fact, collaboration is the hallmark of French Horn Rebellion; their latest video for “Swing Into It” is a good example. After last winter’s Sacramento gig, a group of dancers from the Sacramento Ballet Company approached the Perlick-Molinaris to compliment them on their show, which led to a commiseration on the public’s declining interest in Classical music and its associated fields of endeavor (Robert had been the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra’s first chair French horn player). Almost immediately, a collaborative idea was born; the Perlick-Molinaris sent “Swing Into It” to SBC’s choreographer Rex Wheeler, who devised a gorgeous and energetic routine to accompany the ’80s flavored Synth Pop/club banger in the video. Meanwhile, FHR’s jam-pumped remix of Savoir Adore’s jubilant “Beating Hearts” is a dance floor classic-in-waiting.
French Horn Rebellion got its start in 2007 with their eponymous, self-titled debut album, followed four years later by their semi-major label debut, 2011’s The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion. Between and beyond, FHR has channeled their considerable computer expertise and Classical training into a fascinating resume of EPs, singles and production jobs (David manned the board for an early MGMT EP), all featuring a wild array of Depeche Mode/Pet Shop Boys ’80s Dance/Synth Pop bounce with appropriately twisted Indie Rock sensibilities and humor.
FHR tours with a live drummer and bassist to accentuate the concert experience, and Robert has said in interviews that the band feels as though they’ve failed to deliver the goods if no one is dancing. We can’t have that, can we? So bring a backpack or a grocery bag to the French Horn Rebellion show; you’ll need something to carry home the ass you danced off.
FRENCH HORN REBELLION plays a free show at MOTR Pub on Friday, May 16. More info here .