Nouvelle Vague + Kill the pain at Band on the Wall

Johnny James, Managing Editor
Band on the Wall

Nouvelle Vague + Kill the pain at Band on the Wall, Manchester 23 February 2024 Entrance is free — Visit now

Celebrating 20 years since the release of their seminal, self-titled debut album, Nouvelle Vague are performing at Band on the Wall with Kill The Pain, an intriguing duo featuring Nouvelle Vague’s own Mélanie Pain.

Bossa Nova = Nouvelle Vague = New Wave. This transliteration was the starting point for Marc Collin and the late Olivier Libaux’s unique project, Nouvelle Vague. The French musicians and producers set out with the intention of doing something that hadn’t been tried before: running punk, post punk and new wave classics through a bossa nova filter. To further distance the songs from their original versions, they’d recruit female vocalists who were unfamiliar with the 80s classics.

Nouvelle Vague’s debut album, featuring covers of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, XTC’s ‘Making Plans For Nigel’ and Tuxedomoon’s ‘In a Manner of Speaking’, was initially conceived as a one-off. Little did Collin and Libaux know it would soar to global acclaim, the band’s unique fusion of melancholic post punk and bossa nova, coupled with their daring French reinterpretation approach, immediately setting them apart.

Naturally, two more albums followed fairly swiftly, revealing many new and brilliant vocal talents, among them Mélanie Pain, Camille, Phoebe Killdeer, Elodie Frege, Nadeah and Liset Alea. 3 also featured collaborations with Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, Ian McCulloch from Echo and the Bunnymen, Terry Hall from The Specials and Barry Adamson. Further acclaimed albums were released in 2010, 2016 and 2019, the band performing them to rapturous audiences worldwide.

Nouvelle Vague’s 2024 worldwide tour celebrates 20 years since the release of their seminal first album alongside the launch of their next classic LP, timed specifically to coincide with the UK leg of the tour.

One member of the band will find herself particularly busy on this tour. Mélanie Pain, the unmistakable voice behind many of Nouvelle Vague’s covers, has launched a new project with Phoebe Killdeer, the Australian singer and songwriter of the international number 1 hit ‘Fade Out Lines’. Aptly titled Kill The Pain, the duo’s music flits between nostalgic hedonism and something more futuristic, splicing angular post punk with elastic synth pop, off-kilter funk and far-flung genres.

Kill The Pain’s self-titled debut album, which dropped in 2023, whirled through a kaleidoscope of sounds and styles – a joyful helter-skelter of Latin percussion, funky bass, fraught electric guitars, uninhibited vocals, Afrobeat drums, and 80’s indebted keyboards. Featuring the singles ‘I Do What I Do’ and ‘Zig Zag’ among its many highlights, Kill The Pain scrawled the duo’s name onto that long list of outlandish women prepared to push pop culture to its limits.

It’s a great two-for-one at Band on the Wall, and the perfect balm for those winter blues.

Nouvelle Vague + Kill the pain at Band on the Wall, Manchester 23 February 2024 Entrance is free Visit now

What's on at Band on the Wall

ActivityManchester
Beyond the Music 2024

Hear directly from the people powering the music industry in both Manchester and the UK, as well as witnessing some of the North’s upcoming talent at Beyond the Music.

from £16.75
MusicManchester
Bar Italia at Band on the Wall

One of London’s most hyped bands of the moment, Bar Italia are playing Band on the Wall in support of their acclaimed 2023 album, The Twits.

from £15
MusicCity Centre
Fair Play Festival 2024

Following two sold out festivals, Fair Play is back to take over the Northern Quarter with a day of live music in all its ‘alternative’ forms.

from £15
MusicManchester
Gaz Coombes at Band on the Wall

Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes performs live at Band on the Wall, following the release of his best album in 20 years, Turn The Car Around.

from £25

Where to go near Nouvelle Vague + Kill the pain at Band on the Wall

Stray
Manchester
Restaurant
Stray

Stylish modern bar serving sophisticated cocktails in the Northern Quarter.

Manchester
Restaurant
Foundry Project

The Northern Quarter’s self-styled ‘happiest place in Manchester’, based at the old Bluu site.

Ancoats
Restaurant
Ramona

If you haven’t heard of Ramona by now then where have you been? Taking Manchester by storm, Ramona is a Detroit Pizza restaurant, with a salty twist… Frozen margaritas!

Manchester
Restaurant
The Firehouse

The Firehouse serves up quality food and cabaret every Wednesday evening in the Northern Quarter.

Manchester
Restaurant
Mackie Mayor

A Grade II listed market building in the Northern Quarter, Mackie Mayor is a key fixture in the ever-growing Northern Quarter food and drink scene.

Fringe Bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter
Ancoats
Bar or Pub
Bar Fringe

No-frills bar on Manchester’s Swan Street. A wide selection of beers and ciders mixed with a great jukebox make this an ideal pre-Band on The Wall drinking spot.

Noi Quattro
Manchester
Restaurant
Noi Quattro

Noi Quattro is an independent pizzeria at the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

matt and phreds sign manchester music
Manchester
Music venue
Matt and Phred’s

New Orleans reaches Manchester with this dedicated jazz club in the Northern Quarter – a reliable choice for a good night out.

Ancoats
Restaurant
The Wayfarer

The Northern Quarter pub with Live-music, outdoor seating and friendly staff, making this venue a more than enjoyable visit.

What's on: Music

Until
ActivityManchester
DJ Gym at Hatch

Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.

from £269

Culture Guides

Music in Manchester and the North

Fresh concert seasons, forward-thinking festivals and a revolving door of amazing gigs. Things are looking bright as spring comes into view.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

February is a month of love so art lovers in the North - rejoice! There is lots to choose from: two photography festivals, gorgeous crafts and shows celebrating local talent.