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When improv-jazz guitarist Lucien Fraipont recorded the six-song EP Ages and Sun in his home back in 2013, he was baffled by the swift and affirmative feedback that followed. In an incredibly short span of time—less than a week to be exact—Fraipont rallied four other musicians to support him on stage at the large, European music festivals he had been invited to play. Those four musicians—one of whom Fraipont befriended at the age of seven due to a shared appreciation for Kurt Cobain—now comprise the Brussels-based, psych-pop band Robbing Millions.
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Fraipont expressed an interest in music at a young age. His attraction to melodious and euphonic soundscapes continued into adulthood, as he studied jazz guitar and worked to perfect his craft. With Robbing Millions, however, Fraipont chose to stray from his expertise and pursue a musical project with psychedelic, alternative pop elements at the forefront. Although his jazz influences shine at points throughout the band’s discography, they certainly take the backseat.
Along with the band’s pop components, Fraipont offers his voice to an attentive audience for the first time. With Robbing Millions, he tries his hand at singing, and he does so without sacrificing the instrument that began it all for him.
Harnessing these pop songs in a live setting, Robbing Millions have gained recognition for their energetic, dance-eccentric stage presence. Thankfully, a certain level of that spiritedness translates on their recordings. After the initial release of Ages and Sun, the band created their second EP, Lonely Carnivore. Like the first, Fraipont admits that the writing process began in a secluded way.
But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself!
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