"Baby rockers" land the right punches on debut album

Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:30am EDT
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters) - In the 1920s Kid Bombardos was the ring name of a young French boxer admired for his hard punches and his speed.

Today, his three great-grand children along with a childhood friend keep up the fighting spirit but on the music stage.

Kid Bombardos, a rock band who sings in English and cites the Velvet Underground and The Strokes as key influences, has built a reputation at home for incendiary guitar riffs, well-crafted songs and intense live performances.

The Bordeaux-based outfit released a debut album "Turnin' Wrong" on September 19 that has won rave reviews from influential French music magazines "Les Inrocks" and "Rock & Folk" and could be the band's chance to break into the mainstream.

"We are super happy. It's reassuring to have an album after all these years of hard work but it also adds pressure to defend that album on stage. We will be scrutinized now," lead singer and guitarist, Vincent Martinelli, 21, told Reuters.

The band, which also includes bassist Thomas Martinelli, 25, drummer Simon Martinelli, 20, and guitarist David Loridan, 23, is part of a young rock scene that has thrived away from the French capital and the big labels.

In cities like Amiens in the North with The Molly's or Toulouse in the Southwest with The Dodoz, these youngsters have honed their skills for years on the bar and festival circuits.

A FAMILY AFFAIR   Continued...