Carcassonne: Marina Annes Nolles and her Maniacs fly with velvet voice on a fakir carpet

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Voluptuous, Marina Anne Nolles is a velvet cushion placed on a fakir carpet. Soft voice over spicy lyrics, she takes center stage with MAN & The Maniacs. The group released their eponymous debut album on October 27, composed by the time of Covid in Malves-en-Minervois, near Carcassonne, in Aude.

Singer, she was already 4 years old. In the air of children, in the skin of Disney heroines who rocked an early age tossed between France and the United States. But already, also, with the desire to write his own texts, his own music. Marina Anne Nolles is now a singer-songwriter. Singer … the word annoys her because it is reductive, and indeed she is much more than that.
In 2014, his meeting with Toulouse singer-guitarist Etienne Zénone gave birth to MAN, his stage name, and in 2016 gave birth to a first … voluptuous EP: “Busy Man’s World”. A trip-hop with committed lyrics that will earn them to be programmed at the Electro Alternatives festival in Toulouse. “We did two years on the stage, had great experiences, good times, but the machines, the soundtracks, the buggy computers, that didn’t suit me at all. I’ve always wanted to start a band. , I always wanted to have the Maniacs, I dreamed them, I wanted them and I had them! “, she smiles.

“Something special, unique and wonderful”

With Romain Thorel (keyboardist, horn player), Arnaud Beyney (guitar, bass) and Elodie Longuemart (drums, backing vocals), she will form MAN & The Maniacs in Carcassonne in 2018. “From the start we had an incredible understanding, something special, unique, wonderful, “recalls Marina. “We did our first residency at the Fabrique des Arts – which fell right in the middle of the floods but we put on a nice show – then a lot of dates. In the summer of 2018, we arranged two compositions: Chemically Yours and The Lake. Vice-Versa, the accompaniment device for the current music of Performing Arts 11, allowed us to record them at the Condorcet studio, in Toulouse “.

The double single will be released in early 2020. “And there was the Covid. We continued to see each other, to compose at my place because we did not have a lot of money. As a project leader I was doing the exemptions for the movement of musicians “. A privileged time, she judges, that they would not normally have had to compose: “The first four days we created four pieces, in barely ten we had nine. It was dazzling! Everything was natural, obvious. The music we make today is what I always wanted to do. With the Maniacs I am in total confidence, I know that it will ensure, we have an invisible cord between our navels, the chakras that connect, we are in a sacred circle: if you throw yourself into the void, the others hold you! “.

A captivating and committed 1st opus

Recorded in December 2020, the album will be called “MAN & The Maniacs” – an eponymous title to sign the birth of the group – which will launch it on October 27 in digital on all streaming platforms. A captivating and committed first opus, roughly stripped, like the clip of the first single which is extracted from it, “You’re an Angel”, on the subject of violence against women. Fan of the Black Keys and the Alabama Shakes, MAN & The Maniacs has already opened for Clara Luciani at the Carcassonne Festival, Kimberose in Castres, and Angèle in Carpentras, in front of 4,000 people. From pop protest to voodoo rock and wah-wah guitar banquets, his nine new tracks follow on from beautiful ethereal beaches of psychedelic ecstatic flames. And there is this bass horn to throw his JB to the nettles, to send his Louise Attaque to the selective sorting, unheard of or heard in the hooked annals of groove (in our opinion). They carry the DNA messenger of MAN, Marina Anne Nolles: “There is something that interested me, it was the contrast between the way I sing naturally, which is quite sweet, and talking about very raw things, very hard. It’s a bit of a self-esteem that you have when you’re a woman, that you don’t have broad shoulders, an imposing physique and a big voice. Sometimes, in order to be heard, you don’t has no choice but to throw an ironic little spade, which will be more effective than raising your voice and shouting, ”she sums up.

Ecofeminism and the seventies

The author discovered ecofeminist texts two years ago thanks to “Sorcières”, a series of podcasts on France Inter. “I sometimes had ecological texts, sometimes feminists, it created a bridge between the two, it has a logic, it speaks to me. And it did me good to tell myself that I am not the only one to share this speech”. Emerging in the 1970s, ecofeminism is a movement that establishes interconnections between the domination of nature by humans and the oppression of women, minorities and animals by men, seeing these as stemming from a same capitalist patriarchal culture. “He analyzes our current society from this angle in order to change this culture, to invent new myths, new ways of functioning, of working together, to get out of this situation”, explains Marina, recalling the The massacre of violence against women every year.

“We shut down the computers, we come back to the real instruments”

This ecofeminism brings back as much to MAN as to the Maniacs, to a soul that is both very “seventies” and very modern. “The 70s are a time that inspires us, whether on a social or political level, and we also like the way of dressing, the music, the blues, the soul, the R’n’B. started composing during the first confinement, we said to ourselves we shut down the computers, we come back to the real instruments. It’s a bit of a throwback to the old days, a real bias, it united us as group. Since the Covid I no longer watch TV, I no longer listen to the radio. We all have cars, computers, phones, but we don’t want to get into this infernal dynamic and we wanted to make an album instead only Spotify formatted singles for that reason. We are backpedaling all these current social networks, which we are still obliged to use. We want to express things up and down, we could have done 12 songs on this album! “, proclaims MAN, who will now get down to the design of a booklet collecting his texts and visuals to put a cherry on the cake: “I would like to create a nice object to offer in merchandising. Goal Christmas, that would make a great gift! “.

“MAN & The Maniacs”, released October 27, 2021. Available digitally on all streaming platforms or on / music (and soon on CD and Vinyl).

Marina Annes Nolles in 3 clicks …

Marina Anne Nolles (MAN) goes from her solo pseudo to MAN & The Maniacs, the group she always dreamed of.

Marina Anne Nolles (MAN) goes from her solo pseudo to MAN & The Maniacs, the group she has always dreamed of.
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“I sang very early and all the time, recalls Marina Anne Nolles, musicals and Marylin Monroe songs. My grandmother gave me tapes and I loved it. My grandfather, a Dutch immigrant, did entertainment, shows on the boats that went to America. His father, my great-grandfather, was one of the first puppeteers in Holland. His name was Nolles, that’s the name- there that I took from my mother. He came to New York in the 1950s, he worked in advertising on Madison Avenue, he was a photographer, a composer in his spare time. I came to his house once a year, he played some piano…”.
In Toulouse where she moved with her mother at the age of 7, MAN – her future stage name – composed her first songs. “I didn’t know how to write music, I made arrows going up, arrows going down, and of course I never remembered the melody!” She smiles. At 11, she took singing lessons, at 12 her father bought her a piano. “But I was not disciplined enough to reach a sufficient technical level, I was frustrated, disconnected from the instrument”.

1st click

At 16, she recorded a mock-up of Norah Jones covers with a neighbor who was passionate about music. And then she is 20 years old, a boyfriend and a first click: “He brought me his guitar, I felt its vibrations by taking it against me and I immediately started to compose. Write songs, that’s what interested me, and I finally had an instrument to accompany me. I spent hours and hours there, secretly wanting to listen to my compositions “. Later, Marina sings in Samsara, a post-rock group set up with a group of friends from Sciences-Po Toulouse. Political science ? “I told myself that I was going to be a journalist, but I was interested in a lot of stuff, making documentaries on whales for example (laughs)… I wanted to have a life of adventure, linked to the sea, to nature, and finally journalism that did not please me at all, I understood that I did not want to do that “.

2nd click

The course lasts 5 years. The 3rd year is a gap year, of mobility, where you have to choose between a year of internship or a year of university, or six months of both. She leaves for six months at the University of Monterey, Mexico, and seeks an internship. “My mother had contacts in New York, she found me internship as a journalist and I … I didn’t want any more. I was in tears, it was a big existential crisis,” the young woman still shivers. A crisis and a second click, “the click of my life” she says.
“I said to myself actually, my thing is music, I can do a trade in that. Child, I couldn’t tell myself this is my way, like someone who thinks I love carpentry. , I’m going to be a carpenter. In our society, we don’t really take music professions seriously. We don’t say that it can be a profession. When I was 20, I realized that yes, it could be a path , that it could be serious “. Obviously, while she is swimming in the middle of a “bad trip”. Her internship, she will finally do in a record company in Montreal (Quebec). Between Canada and Mexico, his destiny is revealed. In Monterey, she took musicology lessons and attended a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which performed Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. A revelation. “I knew that my job would be music. My semester in Mexico was just that.”
Back at Sciences Po, Marina meets her future husband, Olivier. He also decided to change profession, he entered a two-year cycle of studies to become an oenologist. “I had one year of scholarship left, I did a year of art history. It was great. She will obtain a Master II in Management of cultural institutions, accompanied by a thesis on … the law Toubon and the quotas of French songs on rock radios.

3rd click

A random? Probably not. But his path to music must take a few detours. She shares a passion for wine with Olivier and the couple goes to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Sancerre, then to New Zealand. “We did six months in one place, six months in another. I had the idea of ​​starting a group, at the same time I was composing, all alone at home, I did odd jobs, it was not easy . Again, I call my mother, in tears. She tells me go ahead, go for it, give yourself two years. It was 8 years ago “. Olivier finds a job in Carcassonne and they decide not to move. “I needed to take root,” Marina breathes. She’s going to make music her job, do just that, and earn a living. This is his third click.