Teen French rockers come of age with debut album

Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:16pm EDT
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - Parisian punk rock band Second Sex will remember 2008 as a crucial year.

Three of its members graduated from high school in June and the band is launching its debut album in October.

Second Sex, which formed in 2004, is part of a new wave of French bands the media have dubbed "Les Bebes Rockers" (The Baby Rockers) because their average age was only 15 when they began.

With its raw and fresh energy reminiscent of the birth of punk rock in the mid-1970s, Second Sex quickly emerged as one of the scene's most promising acts, along with The Plasticines, The BB Brunes, The Tatianas, Kid Bombardos and The Molly's.

The band, which sings both in English and in French, includes Tim Bernelle, 18, guitarist and lead singer, Arthur Verret, 18, guitarist, Vincent Naigard, 18, bass player, and his brother Sacha, 21, drummer.

Verret, Bernelle and Naigard spoke to Reuters about their album "Petite Mort" (Little Death) and the band.

Q: It looks like 2008 was a busy year for Second Sex?

A (Verret): It's a turning point, a very important year with a debut album we have been working on for so long. It's the achievement of the three years we spent together. On top of that, we reached the age of majority!   Continued...