Chatting ritual and River Styx with the art-pop duo.
Paris is a dichotic, ethereal plane of ostentatious opulence and refined pleasures, famed for its great architectural triumphs and wealth of artistic treasures. If one is inclined to dig a little deeper, a rich tapestry of creative ingenuity becomes evident. None more so than the tongue in cheek raconteurs Agar Agar.
Far from being a particularly large archaic heating system cum cooker, Agar Agar are a pair of delightful youths from Beaux Arts school of Cergy-Pontoise. Crafting their own take on techno art pop, the duo have breathed new life into the inundated genre of 80s revivalism, swapping noncy wailing with hard-line synth lines and Siouxsie Sioux like shrieks.
We had a chat to the duo about all things musical and cultural… or something along those lines….
Bonjour, ça va?
Le sang coule dans nos veines.
How did you guys first meet?
We met at the gates of hell, ready to cross the Styx with a boat made of rotten corpses. We saw each other and realized we had the same purpose.
Did you lock eyes and immediately think “holy shit, I wanna be in a band with this person”?
No. At first, the only thing that counted was to meet Hades, the lord of the damned souls. Music came afterwards, when we had to seduce him.
What do each of you bring to the band?
Clara kills. Armand licks.
Where does the name “Agar Agar” come from?
It’s a substance the evil ants eat, to perpetuate their greed of human blood.
Do you have similar music tastes?
Not at all.
Did you have the same vision of how you wanted the band to sound?
It wasn’t a vision, it was a belief. The same faith in the next fusion of the entire human kind into what some people call “the infinite and universal dark species” that will certainly govern space in the near future.
You just released your debut EP! What was the process behind it?
Intuition, mathematics, then handcrafting.
Which song are you most looking forward to performing live?
Every song that can, at the moment, become the highest point of the ritual.
Speaking of performing live, you’re currently mid-tour, hows it all going?
What’s been your fave moment so far?
When Clara killed the human centipede and Armand licked it (right after it was dead).
What else can we expect from Agar Agar in the future?
We are going to dig exclusive songs, with historical troops, coming from the real future.