Vilaine Tracks – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

VT: We are a French amateur rock/punk band, enjoying a lot playing together, rehearsing and playing live too, even though our last gig took place in 2019 L ! We are all aware that we won’t make a living with our music, but we are quite proud of our last production (EP) and we’d like to share our music with the more people as possible.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

VT: VILAINE TRACKS is a rock band from Le Mans (France), city well known in the world for its car race.

VT was formed was formed around Arnaud, (guitarist / band leader) and Thierry on bass in 2016. Joined by Ben on saxophone and Vincent on drums.

After a first and debut EP in 2017, 2020 saw the release of our second EP, “Sunny Grave”: 5 songs and 15 minutes of authentic, energic and melodic music.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

VT: VILAINE TRACKS likes Rock and Punk Music, getting inspired from The Clash or the Ramones to Franz Ferdinand or the Foo Fighters. Joey Ramone and Joe Strummer are the 2 main rock influencers of our band leader Arnaud.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

VT: As already wrote above, we are an amateur band and our goal would be to play in decent venues and keep creating (and recording) songs that we are all proud of.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

VT: Arnaud, our band leader, composes our music, by coming to us with almost all the guitar riffs and then, also writes the lyrics. Arnaud is getting inspiration from some key moments of his personal life.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

VT: We mainly play in local and regional venues and promoting our shows mostly comes from social medias. We are also something getting the support from a non-profit organisation that is really involved in promoting local culture and music (website in French L :


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

VT: We all grew in a period where music was only available on physical support so physically holding a CD or a vinyl and listening from it will never have the same taste as listening from the internet.

However, the online music has made music even more accessible and easier to reach a wider audience. We all fully aware that we are not expecting to get anything from websites such as Spotify but if it makes people coming to gigs, then it’s a great thing.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

VT: Let’s say a Bod Dylan song because this guy has his own vocal style (no one sings like him). He is also able to create unstoppable melodies with strong and poetics based on people’s life.

“Like a Rolling stone“ is a definition of the fall: We can be heroes, but we can be zeroes too.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

VT: Having recently been selected by French magazine Rock and Folk (equivalent to Rolling stones in UK and US) for a review in its local bands section in the May issue is the kind of recognition we will all remember in our life.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

VT: We are just out from a long weekend where we met for the first time this year ((due to the lockdown). Obviously, we enjoyed a lot playing the whole weekend. Having fun, playing songs from our setlist was on the agenda but we also took the time to explore new ideas our band leader Arnaud has worked on the last couple of months. Talking about recording a new EP is definitely coming a bit too soon but that will be a target we have in mind for next year.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 


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