Détroit @ Rockhal, 06 May 2014


After the theatrical and successful project entitled “Chœurs” in 2011, illustrating the Sophocles trilogy, Bertrand Cantat and Pascal Humbert are now presenting a new collaboration with eagerly awaited project: Détroit. “Straight into the sun” was the first single and the first words for good or bad which the former leader of Noir Désir is offering us. Dark, intimate and personal, “Horizons” is unanimously considered a humble and fascinating album where little by little the heart of hypnotic blues and transcendent lyrics opens up to us. On 6 May 2014 the wind will blow Détroit to the  Rockhal, for a concert which promises to be unique.

A strait is never trivial. It is an element of balance, a punctuation of the landscape, a link between two vast expanses. It is where currents meet. It is where flows converge from a distance, where the light of all horizons blends them as one. It is also where the fates of travellers, stars and spindrift cross. On a map of the world, Bertrand Cantat and Pascal Humbert have thus made their choice.

Their musical project – Détroit – will be one of passage, of migrations, of flights and of crosswinds. Indeed what better place than a “Détroit” (or “Strait” in this play on words) to invite others, if not yourself?

Naturally the two artists are not meeting for the first time. In 1997, Pascal Humbert and the group Sixteen Horsepower invited Bertrand Cantat, a member of Noir Désir, to join them on their album “Low Estate” to revisit “Fire Spirit” by Gun Club and “The Partisan” by Leonard Cohen. And then, in 2011, the writer and producer Wajdi Mouawad brought them together to compose and to stage the music for the trilogy “Le cycle des femmes”, three tales of Sophocles. The two men could not stop there, and decided to join forces.

With their album “Horizons”, Bertrand Cantat and Pascal Humbert are together exploring the land with that smell of sulphur. It is a land where muses, desolation angels and wanderers pass each other on dirt tracks, in buried gardens, in closed spaces … always with the sun, straight into which you are looking. The musical tonality has a feel of rock, dense and serious … punctuated by shamanic echoes and feminine resonances. Bertrand Cantat’s poetry which here and there flirts with the words of Olia Ougrik, of Wajdi Mouawad and of Claude Faber, weaves its thread between everything we call costume, the skin, breath or even the brightness of a distant horizon.

Bertrand Cantat and Pascal Humbert have chosen to meet you where the waters do not diverge, but where they find their confluence. This is called a strait, or Détroit.

Their album “Horizons” sold more than 30,000 copies in its first week and it only took a few minutes to sell all the tickets for their Paris concert. Don’t miss this chance to see Détroit in concert on 6 May 2014 at the Rockhal. Source: