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The melodic beat-makers chat about Sunday afternoons in smelly dressing gowns and the trouble with didgeridoo players

The Parisian four-piece confess that they relish in making it difficult to be pigeon-holed into a genre and reveal their secret to a great band practice on a Sunday afternoon is in the form of a foul smelling dressing gown. From didgeridoo players with visa problems to French bakers forming the band, D'Austerlitz admit that their music is deeply inspired by literature and art movements. Their 'Gold' EP last year has already generated a following in their homeland but they’re looking to a wider audience to test their musical capabilities. And when you live in a town where the best place about it is the train station, you know these guys are itching to travel the world dragging their haunting guitar sounds and melodic beats with them. They instruct you to ‘leave yourself and never come back’.

WHAT'S… special about you, then?
We had a didgeridoo player in the band.Unfortunatly he had troubles with his visa so he had to leave the country.We believe he went back to his father's cottage somewhere in the australian outback.Also Val's a baker.he does baguettes.he brings a french touch to this band.

...your worst vice?
 We're very healthy boys.

…the story behind your name?
It's taken from Tolstoï's "War and Peace".We wanted to sum up the feelings of Andreï on the battlefield of Austerlitz.

... your favourite sound?

...your worst fashion secret?
Vicky's dressing gown.this is what he wears when we rehearse on sunday morning at his place.It smells horrible but he drums better with it so we never complain.

...your favourite website?

... good for breakfast?
Chocapic,Caotina and Milk the top of your shit list?

...are you listening to now?
Cl Smooth

...the best thing about where you're from?
Pierre-Olivier: The railway station.It's the only way out

Dazed Digital: How would you describe your work?
 We try as hard as we can not to be clearly defined or classified into a very specific genre or movement.We want to surprise people by not giving any clue on our future musical directions.

Photo by Jérémy Dewez