Opinion and review of the concert with The Bobby Lees, Crack Cloud, Lumer, Tramhaus, Reptiles (Super Cathedral of Binic 2022) on July 21, 2022, Pointe de la Rognouse, Binic, by Pierre Andrieu

After a joyful 2021 edition (but minimalistic because of … Jean Castex), the Binic Festival returns in 2022, still at the end of July, over 4 days and in the magical setting of the Pointe de la Rognouse (sea view !) , but this time under the name Super Cathédrale de Binic. On the programme: lots of excellent rock n roll, punk, garage and blues bands on two stages, with a good size capacity: 2500 people.

The beginning of the festivities on July 21, with an audience that is still too shy (it’s a Thursday, it’s 25 euros per night, whereas until 2019 the party was free), but crazy weather, an ultra cool atmosphere and a phew prog: The Bobby Lees, Knæk Cloud, Lumer, Krybdyr and Tramhaus! Paradise on earth…

Tram house

With a seven-hour journey (performed in covoit in the company of a friendly fan of Jul, “super concert at the velodrome stadium in Marseille” according to him), the deliverance arrives from 18.30 on the big stage with the angry Dutch Tram house, a masterful combination of very garage post-punk. The concept for this eardrum-shattering company is pretty simple: two guys and two girls bang on their guitars, bass and drums, while a maniac flails around and screams into his microphone like a man possessed. It’s well put together, tight as a bow and ideal for electrifying a crowd. We advise! A note: Tramhaus is back in France in September (at the very good Hop Pop Hop festival in Orleans, among others…).


Right after, we go up the hill of Pointe de la Rognouse to wedge ourselves into the shade under the big top, where the second stage of the festival is located. It is the Rennes group reptilenew project by the singer and guitarist Sylvain Arnaux (Hummingbird etc.), which works in trio mode “two guitars + drums”. This dark and furious music instantly distills uneasy and dark atmospheres that are not without evocation The gun club and Sixteen Horsepower thanks to the gravelly voice of an old seal from the leader of the combo. Add to that big rhythm guitars, trippy rhythms and streaks of acid guitars triggered by second scratch and you get something very poignant and enchanting…

As Pointe de la Rognouse is just above a magnificent unspoilt beach and it is possible to leave the site, we use the break reserved for catering to drink a pint of good beer while admiring the sunset over Cap d’Erquy and the sea from Corps de Garde beach. Great place, ideal for bathing every morning and thus recovering from the previous day’s excesses. When you think that people are piling up huge money pumps and that there is this festival on a human scale with crazy prog… it makes you dizzy!

Cloud Crack

After sending heavy early June to the festival Levitation France, the cool post-punk collective Cloud Crack don’t hesitate to do the same in Côtes d’Armor… The young and prolific Canadians – who will release a stunning new record called “Tough Baby” on September 16, 2022 and present it live in October/November during a tour in France (Trabendo de Paris on October 27, 2022, etc.) – lives an intense and dense set of post-punk attracted by the dark, dancing and gathering sides of the force.

To put it simply, it is both accessible to everyone, viscerally rooted in the punk tradition and facing the future. The lead singer’s high-pitched singing as if his life depended on it and his hysterical drumming (the gentleman wears both hats) hit head-on a huge bass, guitars as edged as acid, a creaking synth and a well-felt sax. . Result, it’s damn unstoppable, good in your face and rid of all excess fat: here it’s just nerve and muscle, served hot and cold by children in a state of grace. Good game ! Etc…


In stratospheric form to close the aforementioned Levitation France festival a month and a half earlier, the English inform prove once again in Brittany that you can count on them blowing everything up. And yes, the guys are definitely at the top of the line in today’s big post-punk British buzz. Alex Evans (vocals), Benjamin Jackson (guitar), Benjamin Morrod (bass) and William Evans (drums) have in their bag a number of strong titles that are enough to scare any audience, except a few. -as fans of the world’s worst band, Coldplay.

In short, here under the tent of the Super Cathedral of Binic it works to death, every piece shows how the young Brits are ready to swing sonic uppercuts sung with a very striking stone thor voice and played tight as it takes around the guitar. Nothing revolutionary to speak of, but when you witness such a show of punk power, you tell yourself that well inside the pub in rock star paradise with Ian Curtis, Mark E. Smith of The Fall must be proud of his descendants !

Bobby Lee

Grand finale to this first classy evening with Bobby Lee, an incredible punk rock & blues combo from Woodstock, New York. This gang of ultra-close-knit Americans consists of Sam Quartin (vocals and guitar), Kendall Wind (low), Macky Bowman (battery) and Nick Casa (guitar), and the least we can say is that they didn’t come here to string pearls. Rather, their goal is to chain a maximum of ultra-violent titles (but not only) on the big stage of Binic. As the hysterical singer/howler points out at the microphone, most of the barbs played tonight come from Bobby Lee’s first album, “Skin Suit”, very well produced by the huge Jon Spencer. It’s pure punk served up for the punch, with as a bonus a very blues cover of the cult Bo Diddley“I’m a man”.

There is almost no dead time, everything is chained by a group on the flap, with each musician ripping away at his instrument: it’s a real high-energy sonic slaughter, something that probably sends all punk ‘n roll garage fans into a frenzy. Writers of a good cover of “Blank Generation” by the kings of punk made in New York, Richard Hell and The Voidoids on their previous record, Bobby Lees left punk around 1977 to make it their own thing, as on their monumental new single “Hollywood Junkyard”, played tonight and taken from an EP produced by Vance Powellreleased on the label of Mike Patton, Ipecac. This punk, blues, garage and grunge bomb (there’s Nirvana in Bobby Lee!) is driving Binic’s public into a frenzy and should have worldwide repercussions. In the meantime, we’ll see you at the start of the school year, in October, with a fantastic French trip which should cause some serious pogo sessions!

During this enjoyable first volley of concerts in Brittany, we took it for our rank, we can go home fissa sleep on both ears… But, small detail, we forgot in our room the code to return to the hotel night and that’s the danger to the singer of Bobby Lees, met at the right time in front of the gate, who kindly gives it to us. Thank you sir and bravo for your touching offspring!

Pictures: Titouan Fair titouanmassephoto.com, www.instagram.com/tmphotograph, www.facebook.com/titouanmassephoto, twitter.com/titouanbzh (Except for reptiles: Cyrille Bellec www.facebook.com/cyrille.bellec and the Corps de Garde beach: Stéphane Perraux https://www.facebook.com/stephane.perraux.5)…

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