WHAT: Sad and French
WHY: Music for lovers with punk soul
Text por Lizandro Melean
The story goes like this; I knew Jose Prieto back in the late ´90’s when he spent his time filling the streets of Caracas, Venezuela with punk alongside his band: The Go Go Punkers. They even had a cover of “Hit Me Baby One More Time” to laugh with the crowd and all.
Of all those gigs in Caracas only some photos, memories and an EP titled Four Punkers Around the Corner were left. The years passed, the grey hair came to hunt us and Jose, just as many others, came to the USA to have a new chance in life and now he’s armed and dangerous with Sad and French, a project that sounds like folk but that has a punk soul underneath and a lot of melancholy in its DNA.
The Project started as a Prieto’s solo experiment when he was walking around Florida looking for a muse before moving to Brooklin-NY where he lives nowadays. Today the band is a duet with a garage/folk/punk sound attached to it. Jose brings life to the vocals, the guitar and the bass-drum, while his partner Edwin Santacruz, a guy from Cali-Colombia, hits the strings of the double bass that ads a lot of Sad to the French, if you know what I mean.
Sad and French has a 5 song EP that you can download for free on their website, it was recorded on 2011 and many other songs Jose recorded by himself that also take part of Sad and French repertory. The full length album is going to be produced in Colorado in the near future.
Sad and French toured the US from coast to coast and they served as the opening show for musicians like Joey Cape from Lagwagon, Drag the River, Micah Schnabel, Cory Branan, Dave Hause, between others, and this year Europe will hear from them.
Here it’s a little taste of Sad and French: