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SOMA. / Bio

The story began quite unremarkably: four friends at secondary school in the mid-90s were united by a shared love of rock, especially the Smashing Pumpkins, a band they could all agree on. Lionnel, Seb, Tom B. and Tom F. mainly admired the gift Billy Corgan’s group had for knitting together competing disorders: neurasthenic delicacy and hysterical fury in constant contact, as on a track from Siamese Dreams entitled… "Soma".
After more than ten years touring venues in France and elsewhere (English lyrics aiding), Soma shifted up a gear in 2009, finally recording an eponymous EP for release on the 5th October, to be followed by their first album on the 18th March 2010.

Unable to choose between the obvious charms of pop melodies and the blessed ferocity of rock, the EP mirrors its authors, constantly oscillating between the two genres which reach an incomparable peak when they providentially clash, as on the compelling "Get Down", which opens the album with what sounds like an improbable combination of a Hives riff and disco-flavoured flights of fancy from the Killers.
Finally, their dream came true when their tracks were mixed in Los Angeles by one of their idols, Dave Sardy, producer of Oasis, Cold War Kids, Jet and the Dandy Warhols. Soma are the first French group the American has agreed to work with.


Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore l’histoire de Soma, il faudrait d'abord expliquer qu’il s’agit de quatre multi-instrumentistes chevronnés. Il faudrait aussi parler des 300 concerts accomplis depuis leur formation et évoquer leur premier album paru en 2010, Jewel & The Orchestra, un condensé pop-rock ultra vitaminé.

Soma joue le rock avec ses tripes, et la pop avec son cœur. Avec "Nobody’s Hotter Than God", leur deuxième album dont la sortie est prévu au printemps 2012, la mélancolie n’a jamais été aussi enjouée. De l’ouverture trépidante du bien-nomme´ "Henry VIII" au final, chaloupe´ par des guitares imposantes, de "Nobody’s Hotter Than God", et en passant par les chœurs addictifs du sémillant "Rollercoaster", les Soma alignent des tubes évidents.


Management : Back To Basics
nathalie.chapuy@backtobasics.fr /

Publishing : Silverspleen Management

Booking : MELODYN

Label: Jive Epic/Sony Music France

General Info

Band Members
Lionnel BUZAC-Lead Voice/Guitars, Sebastien CLARET-Guitars, Thomas BITOUN-Drums,Xavier FERNANDES-Bass
Artist Name
Profile Page
Active Since
Rock / pop / indie

Contact Info

Nathalie Chapuy

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