Has anyone ever examined the effect that the movie “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” has had on modern music? I remember a song by Gatsbys American Dream called “Shhh! I’m Listening to Reason”, which is a pretty funny quote from that movie. And this band name is an obvious reference to Simone replying, “Au revoir, Pee Wee!” as they part ways in the movie.
What else is funny is that my wife got some language DVDs for our son and so he occasionally is watching a cartoon panda bear teach him French. Every time something ends, the panda says “Au revoir!” which puts this band name and that movie scene into my mind.
Musically, this isn’t too far a stretch from the clean indie rock vibe you know and love from this band that has seemingly been around long enough now to be too cool for me to interview. If you liked Au Revoir Simone before this album came out, you will still like them when you hear this. If you’ve never liked or heard ARS before, give this a chance.