In the summer of 2006, Plastiscines—not Phoenix—seemed the most likely French band to turn U.S. music fans into full-blown Francophiles. Owing a heavy debt to the stripped-down classic rock of the Kinks, as well as more modern derivations like the Libertines and the Strokes, Plastiscines prized sloppy, simplistic guitar hooks over the slick, danceable beats that had dominated the music of last generation's French exports. While there were other French groups flaunting a similarly ramshackle sound (e.g. Second Sex, Naast), of all the contenders it was Plastiscines, with their attractive, all-female lineup and mostly English lyrics, who were pegged as the obvious commercial... More >>>