After their appearance in his novel, the monsters have now invaded the music. The story starts the same way, even if each of the tracks stands up in its own right. "It wasn't done as a concept album, I was writing the novel and album at the same time, and the two fed off each other. I had a strong desire to write stories, and not just do songs that sound good, with an atmosphere and nice hooks."The beauty of difference
As the album progresses we get to meet Giant Jack: "He's a cross between Robert Mitchum, Bela Lugosi, and Tom Waits in a century's time. He's someone people are afraid of. There's a rumour that he killed two or three girls a century ago. Nonetheless, in the end he gives bits of his shadow to people who are in mourning."
In his wake appears the character of Mister Chat, who is "a former seducer, a solitary guy hooked on chatting up women, who is one day changed into a cat by a witch. She's a stubborn witch, and Mister Chat has had to stay a cat for the rest of his life." We also meet Miss Acacia, a girl who has quills that grow when she's in love, like a protection. "She's a little like a bear who is very sweet, but tends to hurt people by accident. When she takes someone in her arms, she pierces their eardrums." So where do all these wacky people come from? Films, books, or even dreams? No, they all come from people Mathias knows: "My inspirations come from acquaintances. Miss Acacia really exists. No, she doesn't have quills on her body, but in her head, she does. She is both "monstrous" and engaging." But Mathias isn't playing any kind of trick on her by putting her in a song. When he uses people for a song, he lets the person know in advance.From dark to light
With Monsters In Love, the group embraces both the dark and the light. Dionysos are masters of unlikely instrumentation, using the ukulele, bells or theremin to give colour to their songs. With one foot in the tradition of English rock, and the other in French chanson, this album offers much more than an attractive fusion of sound: we find ourselves in a deliciously seductive dream world. Its monsters are disturbing, violent, touching and captivating, and will linger in the mind long after the CD has come to its end.
Dionysos Monsters In Love (Barclay/Universal) 2005)
Mathias Malzieu Maintenant qu’il fait tout le temps nuit sur toi (Flammarion) 2005
Translation : Hugo Wilcken