Electro Art Pop Noir
Berlin-based duo Sebastian and Valerie form the charmingly eccentric, refreshingly eclectic, act Noblesse Oblige. Combining catchy electro beats, haunting melodies and stylish pop hooks with a dark twist, they defy categorization. From their intoxicatingly provocative live performances, to their unique recordings, this theatrical raw art duo wow audiences with their hypnotic quality.
They will be releasing their new album at the end of May (RepoRecords/Alive)
Noblesse Oblige was formed in London by French actress Valerie Renay and German producer Sebastian Lee Philipp.
Their debut album Privilege Entails Responsibility includes the irreverent singles: “Bitch” and “Daddy, don’t touch me there”. After moving to Berlin, the band released their second album In Exile, winning an endorsement by the German ministry of Culture and the Russian Steppenwolf Music Prize.
Malady (RepoRecords/ Metropolis Records) their third album is an hypnotic journey into the dark temptations of the heart, tales of voodoo, witchcraft, and tropical fevers underlined by the band’s use of world music sounds, mixed with their traditional blend of melodic new wave kitsch.
This boy girl duo creates dramatic tension not only through their music but also thanks to chemistry, persona and extravaganza.
They present a very dynamic, stylish and visually striking live show constantly re-inventing themselves, with different musical set up involving strong theatrical elements such as voodoo trance, costume changes, castagnettes, ukulele, percussions and half a drum set played standing up mixed with guitar and electronics. They swap instruments and take turn to sing or harmonise together.
They have played shows around the world from Latitude, Bestival to Torture Garden, the biggest S&M London club to headlining Decalage music festival in Brazil, providing music for the after show party of Charleroi, Swiss film festivals, art galleries, fashion shows, they appeared on Russian, Romanian, German, Belgium television.
They are also regularly DJ’ing around Europe in clubs and at private events (Royal College of Art (frieze Party), London / Mind Pirates (exhibition opening), Berlin /Control Club (after show party), Bucharest /Warehouse 9 (theatre festival opening party) Copenhagen etc)
"One of the bands who straddle between performance art and music" – Artrocker
Rough Trade said that Noblesse Oblige comes across like "Gwen Stefani and/or Patti Smith fronting the pistols if Sid and the boys had been a cold wave synth band"
"Set to cause a stir, with the uber sets you don't want to mess with" - Record Collector
On the last album:
“Album of the month.”
“A bewitching album for late nights of awe and mystery lit by candlelight.”
— Mark Moore (S'Express), QX Magazine
Noblesse Oblige’s tracks