by Monte Holman
Laetitia Sadier has been the stylish voice of cool for a decade and a half, fronting Stereolab and delivering space age bachelor pad themes with a French twist to us drooling fans. We can’t get enough, so Sadier and company simply deliver more and more and more. Stereolab’s just-released three-disc set “Oscillons From the Anti-Sun” is absolutely essential for any fan of the band.
Somehow Sadier found the time to strike up a side-project, Monade. In this band she takes over the majority of the songwriting duties whereas in Stereolab her role is limited primarily to lyric composition and vocals. Monade’s first album, “Socialisme Ou Barbarie: The Bedroom Recordings,” (Drag City) presented Sadier’s songwriting ability in a low-fi, D.I.Y. manner. Several songs featured Pram’s Rosie Cuckston. Monade’s latest, “A Few Steps More,” (Too Pure) is a more stylized production featuring a full band (sans Cuckston) and a studio production.
Between all the recording and touring and child rearing, Sadier graciously spoke with us about her newest venture. And not surprisingly, the way she charms us sonically in Stereolab and Monade carries over to conversation.
Monade are Laetitia Sadier (vocals / moog / tambourine / trombone), Marie Merlet (bass / vocals), Nicolas Etienne (keys) and Xavier Chabellard (drums).
FREEwilliamsburg: Are you enjoying the Monade tour?
Sadier: Yeah, this is actually lovely because it’s the groundwork. You have to somehow be persuasive. People are very enthusiastic and supportive, and it makes for nice shows.
FREEwilliamsburg: So the crowds are different with Monade than they are with Stereolab?
Sadier: Yeah, indeed, they’re far less numerous, but it’s very exciting.
FREEwilliamsburg: Stereolab is one of the most prolific bands of the last fifteen years. What made Monade necessary? What prompted its forming?
Sadier: I wanted to write songs. I have been writing songs. Because I couldn’t write songs in Stereolab, I created a space where my little songs could exist. I also wanted to play the guitar. I always had a vision of myself with a guitar, playing the guitar, and it’s the kind of thing I have problems doing alone in my bedroom. I thought it would be more exciting to play in a band format, and it is more fun, more stimulating. And that’s simply that, really.
by Monte Holman