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Season 10 Episode 0225

Fiery Furnaces, Local Natives, Clara Clara: Route du Rock dHiver Off

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Fiery Furnaces, Local Natives, Clara Clara: Route du Rock dHiver Off
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During the winter 2010 edition of the Route du Rock in St Malo, we brought the Fiery Furnaces to a bar in the old town, filmed the Local Natives on a merry-go-round then on a beach at nightfall, finishing over Sunday breakfast with Clara Clara. The Route du Rock d'Hiver has a very distinct atmosphere. Memories of the wading-in-the-water summer edition seemed very far away...We set out to film without really knowing who we would end up capturing – the festival's schedule was dense. The XX were at the top of our list, but we heard about the sad cancellation of their tour shortly after arriving. Too bad. Another group rose to the top of our list – the Fiery Furnaces, surprisingly absent from the history of the Take Away Shows. Friday We arrived at l'Omnibus, a big venue in an industrial area far from the picturesque centre of the town where we had imagined filming. A little disconcerted, we saw Eleanor, the Fiery Furnaces' lead singer. It was quickly determined that we would meet the band at their hotel after the concert. Eleanor explained that for the filming they would work as a duo on style exercise, vocals backed by an acoustic guitar. Acoustic guitar? Ah, yes, we'd have to find one here! We searched everywhere for an instrument to borrow, passed the word around, alerted the Internet. In vain. The only one we could find had but three strings. Thanks, but...we'd have to take a different approach. We finally had a bit of luck when we entered what we believed to be a simple pub and discovered an astonishing venue. The owner was adorable and on the second floor we found a table and chairs built into the parquet that afforded a view of the downstairs. The Fiery Furnaces made themselves comfortable, first beers were poured and the instruments came out. Although we had expected a calm, minimalist musical configuration, out came the cavalry. The bassist and the drummer played along, organising pint glasses to create glass percussion. The guitar was plugged in. The Take Awamoreless
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