Members: Frederic Blasco
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Related: April March, Melissa Auf der Maur, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Interpol, Secret Machines, Magnetic Morning , Depedro, Wilco, Sparklehorse, Swervedriver, Orthotonics, Cracker, House of Freaks, One Ring Zero, Cracker, MAdM
Years Active: 1980s to present
Genre: Melancholy Rock / French Pop
RIYL: A well dressed man, April March, Melissa Auf der Maur, Interpol, Serge Gainsbourg, Tindersticks, Sparklehorse, sex, heartache, all things French
Malhombre is Frederic Blasco.
Born in Paris in the late ‘60s, he began playing guitar in his teens and has dedicated himself to the musical arts in both France and America (Richmond, VA / NYC) ever since.
In 1997 Blasco began leading a musical project called Blasco Ballroom that for a brief time included Sam Fogarino who would later join Interpol. When the Blasco Ballroom evaporated after the release of their one full length recording , Blasco decided to focus on playing keyboard for other musicians and put his own art aside. He first toured with Cordero, then April March, and eventually landed in Interpol for their 2004 tour. Following his stint with Interpol on the road, he then played with Mikael Jorgensen from Wilco, the Secret Machines, Adam Franklin(Swervedriver), Depedro (solo project of Jairo Zavala from Calexico). He also joined Magnetic Morning, when Sam Fogarino and Adam Franklin decided to flesh out their project.
In short, Frederic Blasco has played with many incredibly talented and respected musicians but after years of letting others take the spotlight, he is ready to step back into it. This leads us to the present tense where Frederic Blasco has recently returned back to Richmond, VA.
Malhombre is his newest creative venture that began as a solo project but more recently has developed into a full band that explores the space between the seductive charm of Serge Gainsbourg and the bleak balladeering of The Tindersticks.
His debut single on Little Black Cloud Records represents the first step in Malhombre’s dazzling musical timeline; before his present band line up was secured. Here a gifted group of guest musicians have helped him flesh out his first two songs “Musique Rock” and “Fini”, and it is these recordings that grace the two sides of this single.
The photos below are by local photographer PJ Sykes.