Closet Disco Queen & The Flying Raclettes is an extended version of the instrumental duo made of Luc Hess and Jona Nido from Coilguns, The Ocean, Louis Jucker, etc., now welcoming Kevin Galland  (who also plays in Coilguns and is a well established live and studio sound engineer), and Chadi Messmer (a graduated bass player from the Luzern Jazz School playing with numerous projects such as Jacob Hannes, Tanche, Beurre, etc.) to join them as The Flying Raclettes

Closet Disco Queen originally started in 2014 when Coilguns was on hold as a joke with the pointless ambition to become a less talented version of the iconic progressive rock group known as The Mars Volta. The two-piece has since then released one studio album, two eps, and a live album. They’ve also toured for over three years all around the globe including as direct support to Baroness and Red Fang’s European tours.

Closet Disco Queen played both the London and Berlin edition of Desert Fest and has already set foot in several Swiss Festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, Festi’Neuch, or Palp Festival. It is the latter that offered the band the possibility to create an exclusive set to be presented for the first time on Aug. 8th, 2021 at Palp Festival. And thus The Flying Raclettes was born.

The end result will now be released on September 3rd in the form of a full-length album titled “Omelette du Fromage” on Jona Nido’s record label Hummus Records. With a title that is meant to be a vibrant homage to “The Big Cheese” episode of Cartoon Network’s animated series “Dexter’s Laboratory” from 1996, “Omelette du Fromage” is an organic yet powerful piece of instrumental and loud rock music.

The additional musicians (bass and guitar) have allowed the former two-piece to enhance their songwriting and dig deeper into their sound, implementing stronger punk, progressive well as psych, and ambient elements in their music. Bands quoted as inspiration during the creative process went from The Mars Volta, Breach, The Hives, or Goat.

The album was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered in twenty days by the four-piece and as mentioned before was the result of a project initiated by Palp Festival. They gave Closet Disco Queen the opportunity to live in the tiny mountain village of Bruson and access to an abandoned school where the band built a DIY mobile studio, started writing and 15 days later the album was sent to the pressing plant.

The album will be released on vinyl and cd and on a limited edition of laserdiscs that have been hand-cut by Grand Voyage Records in Sion (Switzerland) on real laserdiscs. LaserDiscs are some sort of a vinyl-sized CD that was launched initially in the late ’70s and somehow gained some traction in the ’90s. It usually featured movies on them and the band had 20 Gold and 30 Silver laser disc movies hand cut to be played on a vinyl player. Pre-orders are now available here

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