Billboard says: "Big in Japan" is one of those famous catch-phrases bands use to inflate their sense of accomplishment. But in the case of French quintet Tahiti 80, it's actually true. Really, it is. On the strength of the infectious single "Heartbeat," the band has sold nearly 60,000 copies in Japan in just four weeks of release.
Formed by multi instrumentalists Xavier Boyer, Médéric Gontier, Sylvain Marchand & Pedro Resende, Tahiti 80 ’s adventure began in the French cities of Rouen and Paris in the mid 90s.Singer/ guitarist Boyer and bassist Resende formed the pop combo as students at the University of Rouen, sharing an affinity for indie music, new wave and sixties pop. Taking their name from a souvenir t-shirt given to Boyer's father in 1980, the duo recruited guitarist Mederic Gontier, and with the addition of drummer Sylvain Marchand a year later, the lineup was complete.
Winter blues got you down? Let the fun beats from the now six-piece French pop band Tahiti 80 brighten your day. For a band that’s been around in some kind of form since 1993, with something special in their latest long-playing effort, the optimistically titled ‘The Past, the Present and the Possible’.Their sun-dappled sound achieved on this album is deceptively simple: guitars, drums, keyboards, and various synth programming, though one wonders how much is programmed, because it all sounds so flawless, like a well polished diamond. Actually, at times you may feel like you’re inside a video game, because there are various blips and beeps scattered around (the instrumental ‘Rain Steam and Speed’ could have been in a Super Mario Brothers game). The songs just keep bobbing along and therefore they must be amazing to dance to live.
I really like this album. It’s like going into a sweet shop and sampling all different kinds of goodies. There’s a lot of variety, but there’s an awful lot of goodness to enjoy. December can be dark, dreary, rainy, snowy…and ‘The Past, the Present and the Possible’ is the perfect antidote.