When it was founded in 2003, Nouvelle Vague was not conceived as a band with a permanent cast, but as a project. Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, two producers and DJs from the French electropop and club scene , had the idea of re-recording well-known pieces from the punk and new wave era - but not in the original sound, but in bossa nova and electropop -Sound of the new millennium. In order to ensure a real reinterpretation, the concept envisaged recording the songs with young, musically unused female singers. Another condition: the performers themselves should either not be familiar with the piece at all or only little known. The name of the band also referred to the envisaged concept. On the one hand, the term nouvelle vague generally stands for a new fashion or style. As a French translation of New Wave on the one hand, Bossa Nova on the other, the band name also cited the most important musical references of the band.
Nouvelle Vague , the band's first CD, was released in 2004. With the Joy Division hit Love Will Tear Us Apart , Just Can't Get Enough ( Depeche Mode ), Guns of Brixton ( The Clash ), Too Drunk to Fuck by the Dead Kennedys , Teenage Kicks from the Undertones and eight other cover versions, the band covered a wide spectrum. The band's mix of styles met with varying levels of feedback in the music press. Nonetheless, the debut easily reached the top 100 of the French charts; According to an article on arte.tv, 200,000 copies were sold. Bande à Part achieved even greater commercial success , the second release from 2006. On the one hand, Bande à Part offered the lounge and bossa nova sound familiar from its predecessor. Songs like Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus and the Neue Deutsche Welle recording Eisbär by Grauzone set new accents that were previously unfamiliar to the band. With top 50 placements in France, Switzerland and Germany , Bande à Part was probably even more successful than the previous album.
The third album, 3 from 2009, also caused varying reviews from critics and buyers . Unlike the two predecessors, 3 offered a broader stylistic spectrum. The slow, singer / songwriter-style version of the sex pistols classic God Save the Queen was particularly controversial . While some critics also found the trendy, ska- enriched version of Ca Plane Pour Moi inappropriate, others were more positive. Another modification of the original concept was the fact that some of the new versions were recorded as a duet with the original interpreters - including Master And Servant ( Depeche Mode ) and All My Colors ( Ian McCulloch ).
In addition to the regular albums listed, the band released a best-of compilation in 2010. There is also a concept album on which the Nouvelle Vague musicians present their musical references ( Late Night Tales: Nouvelle Vague ) as well as contributions to various compilations . In addition to their publications, Nouvelle Vague completed regular tours with changing accompanying musicians and singers. From September 2009 to February 2010 the band completed an extensive tour. The opening concert took place in Birmingham , the closing concert in Washington, DC . Tour singers were Héléna Noguerra and Karina Zeviani . In spring and summer 2010, the band made guest appearances in Brazil , Australia , France, Turkey , Russia , Belgium and Germany, among others - here at the Juicy Beats Festival in Dortmund on July 31, 2010.