Têtes de Pois – that’s ‘head of peas’ for those of you who don’t speak French – make intelligent jazz, fused with hip-hop and afrobeat. Their music, like their name, sounds clever and sophisticated, and it is – at the same time as having an unmistakable wildness and groove. Deeply jazz-inspired, Têtes blend scorching brass lines and lush harmony with some deep, danceable beats.
What’s the story of Tetes de Pois?
We all met at Leeds college of music where we studied jazz. We’ve
Tell me about your new record. What’s it about and what will you be doing with it?
Tell me more about being an instrumental band. Do you ever struggle with more ‘mainstream’ audiences?
Music is all about having fun and if we can communicate this to the audience, then I believe we’ve achieved what we’ve set out to do. Some musicians achieve this directly, with words. We don’t often have this weapon in our arsenal (thank you to Alice Kim for providing on the record, as well as great artists we’ve collaborated with on gigs such as Franz Von). I see being an instrumental band as more of an interesting challenge than a limitation.
What music – in Leeds or further afield – are you excited about right now?
At the moment we can’t stop listening to the music of New Position. Check them out.
What’s next for Tetes de Pois?
For now, the EP is the focus. We have a few gigs in February to go with it. Looking further ahead we’ve already taken a couple of very exciting festival bookings in summer, which we can hardly wait for!
Framework drops on February 1.
Listen to Tetes de Pois on Soundcloud.