CALIBRE 12 ( author : Philippe Archambeau May 2005 )
Calibre 12 website: http://calibre12band.chez.tiscali.fr
Hi, here we are, CALIBRE 12 is
back. This special event will take a big place in the French rock
n’ roll story.
We got, six months ago, a nice compilation cd ; and now here’s
the new studio cd, six years after “Toujours là”.
Philippe Archambeau : Before talking
about this new cd, can you tell us what did happen to Calibre
12 since “Toujours là”, the last cd ?
John : So, it’s been a long
time. We got high and low moments since “Toujours là”,
because, at this moment, Jean-Marie the other guitar layer decided
to leave the band as soon as the beginning of the recording ;
that’s why it was hard to record and hard to get a real
good hope in such an album. Happily, we three others still got
the feeling and Calibre 12 went back on tour, for two years, as
a power trio. We are back now
with a second guitar player, that is better for the music we play.
Philippe Archambeau : Why did
you decide to go back in the studio ? Your friends’ pressure
? The idea to get a new cd ? or only pleasure ?
John : It’s hard to get
the right answer to this question, because I think it’s
different for every member of the group. For me, I’m quite
sure it is because I had the deep feeling that we didn’t
finish the job last time, and we had many more things to prove
Philippe Archambeau : How and
where this new cd has been recorded ?
John : Like for our two others
cds, “A bout portant” and “Toujours là”,
we went to record “Dernière salve” to the studio
Drakkar at Thoiré-sous-Contensor. Gilbert Thiery did record
the cd in less than four days, then he made the mix, and now everything’s
Philippe Archambeau : Can you
tell us how do you work in the studio. Who writes the songs ?
John : I must say that, like in
many southern bands, the guitar players create most of the songs.
We record in a classical way, first bass guitar-drums and rhythm
guitars live in the studio ; then the choruses and the lyrics.
We’d enjoy to bring some keyboards parts in some songs,
but we didn’t get time enough. However, the sound is like
what we play on stage !
Archambeau : What can you say about this album ? Is it stronger,
John : Yes, maybe ? I talk about
that with Laurent, the bass player, and he told “This album
goes right to the main things, right to the heart.”. Everyone
sees this album in his own way, but it is sure that this new cd
is really different of the two others. It has a different sound,
that’s what I think.
Philippe Archambeau : What is
your favourite song ?
John : I think it is different
for each musician. Jean-Marie’s favourite is its song «
Roule, roule, roule » ; for Laurent it is « Comment
tu peux faire », and I do enjoy every song, and especially
the last instrumental one « Dernière salve ».
Philippe Archambeau : What are
your hopes now ? To go on tour, to play in a big festival ?
John : Hmm, I don’t really
know. I don’t know what is the best for Calibre 12. I don’t
think that the band members want to go on tour. To play in a big
festival ? I’d like to, but there is no southern rock festival
in France. It is already hard for the blues, country music, hard
rock music in our land, so you can imagine how difficult it is
here to play southern rock !!! We are far away from our neighbours,
Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, etc… My only hope
is that the people that buy this cd enjoy it !
Philippe Archambeau : For your
musician fans, how do you find the sound Calibre 12 ? What are
the instruments you play on ?
John : I think that every musician
has its own sound, the sound that comes from his fingers, and
it is the same for Calibre 12 and for every band.. If ever it’d
be easy to take the other groups sound, I think we sure have taken
the sound of a Jacksonville band, a group with four Y letters
in its name ! We keep our Marshall and Peavey amps, Ampeg bass
guitar, Fender and Gibson guitars, and Jack D. to help us to make
some southern rock !!! So you can see we are always in the same
way, always the same stuff !!!
Philippe Archambeau : Where can
we find your album ?
John : Good question…for
the moment, the only way is to order it directly to me. Maybe
later you can find it in some good records shops, but nothing’s
sure for the moment. You can copy it too, but after it’s
your conscience, your respect to a band that had to pay full for
everything in that stuff!!
For the people that want to buy it, send me a 18 euros bank check
(postage free) at John Molet, 24 rue de Verdun 37550 Saint Avertin,
Philippe Archambeau : At the end,
like every time in a Road to Jacksonville interview, we ask you
if you have to finish your life on a desert island, which would
be the five albums you take with you ?
John : First I’d prefer
not to end my life on a desert island, but if I have to go….I
take with me .38 Special “Wild Eyed Southern Boys”,
Lynyrd Skynyrd “Last Rebel”, Molly Hatchet “Flirtin’
with Disaster”, Doc Hollyday “Rise Again” and
Point Blank “Second Season”. I sure take with me some
good old Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker, Bad Company or Ted Nugent
bootleg recordings too !
Philippe Archambeau : Can you
tell us about Charmont rock festival ? A real southern rock event
in France !
John : A real southern rock festival
? I don’t know… but southern rock will sure be present
!!! What can I say to you about this festival, maybe that it is
one of the best festival Calibre 12 has ever played, nice organisation,
good friends, many great bands such as Natchez, Plug n’
Play, the Blackberries this year. Real honest musicians, it is
not so usual, so we did really enjoy to play there.
Philippe Archambeau : Thank you,
we hope to see you soon on tour in France !
John : Thank you my friend. I
hope (and the other musicians too) I can meet again real southern
rock fan everywhere, in concerts and festivals…
Philippe Archambeau : Keep on
RTJ Website: http://www.roadtojacksonville.com