The founding duo says Leo’s Howls is 25 years old

For the show at the end of the camp, the youth form a group with cardboard instruments and prepare to sing and dance in front of Telephone and company. “The presenter saw that Erva wasn’t dancing well enough and didn’t want her to play,” Laurent said. “The rest of the band said, ‘If Arvan is not with us, there is no show.’ An anecdote and solidarity that brings you together, right? “I still dance badly,” says Ervan.

Thirty-nine years later, we find the two boys in a Bordeaux bistro. They are (almost) unchanged. They formed a group near this Place Renaudel. And together we will celebrate, this November 17, the 25th anniversary of the formation of the “java-song-punk-caravan”, the anniversary of Leo Howls (33) on the stage of Rocher de Palmer in Genon.

“Lion” of sales representatives

Let’s go back to our two children at the same college of Sel le Gaucher in Mont-de. “We were six or seven friends doing BMX and mobbing,” Ervan continues. “Laurent was already more thoughtful. He sensed when we were going to do something stupid, but he stayed with us when we did. He was already leaning towards music, forming the band Pecos Bill with up-and-coming photographer Pierre Wetzel, known for his wet and puffy collodion prints. Ervan “smokes fireworks, drinks beer and teaches guitar to girls. »

What unites the band musically: an explosion of the French alternative scene, from Satellites to Happy Drivers, Vampas, Sheriff to Hardheads, Mano Negra-led noria. A few years later, Laurent, trained as a facilitator, sleeps in Bordeaux with Ervan, a student at the Regional Institute of Social Work (IRTS). “A friend of mine who organizes a festival in Saint-Fortunade (Corrèze) is looking for a band to play in a bar, I say yes and then forget,” laughs Ervan. When the guy calls back four months later… he’s about to secure something.

Two musicians created the group “java-chanson-punk-caravaning”.


“We hastily called friends who were practicing on the docks of Bordeaux,” said Laurent. We need to find a name. VRP’s “Léo” made a mark on them, so head to Les Hurlements d’Léo. Mano Solo, Brassens, Brel and Happy drivers cover two chords, no more because hey, we can’t do more. Two friends on guitar-vocals, Franck Gouasquet aka “Franky Banane” on the opposite basin (still there) and Pierre Wetzel on drums.

First break in 2006

Seeing their energy, saxophonist Benoit Chesnel offers his saxophone and toughness. This mix of musicians and… instinctives shapes the identity of the band, already observed by Jeff Genie (“our lucky star”), who already works in the Bordeaux 3C production structure. The inaugural concert takes place at Rock School Barbey with a big band consisting of Jojo Gallardo on accordion, new drummer Fred Renaud, Pepito on trumpet and Raphaël Bord on violin. This troupe goes to Anjou to record the first album “Le Café des jourshappys”.

“Another violin rock band just blew up, Louise attacks,” recalls Laurent Kebous. Everyone wants it. “The seniors are doing well in France, also in Australia, the Middle East, Russia, touring a lot… Going back to the packed rooms they were in when they were 12 a year ago. , with our song playing: something crazy! We’re eight guys on stage ready for anything and we’re more or less hardworking now. » In 2000, it’s a meeting with Barback Ogres, where the “Un air deux familles” tour will last two years under the big top all over Europe.

Les Howls d'Léo version 2022 in concert on November 17 at the Rocher de Palmer in Genon.

Les Howls d’Léo version 2022 in concert on November 17 at the Rocher de Palmer in Genon.

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In 2006, the fourth album called “Time Suspended” and the first hiatus, the end of an era. Each of them goes to other projects, Laurent tries himself solo (three albums), as for Ervan… “I’m not doing myself any favors, I’m staying rooted,” he concludes. Three years later, Pepito and his trumpet reminded: There is a way to travel through Russia. Jojo and the two founders leave, four new “tables” are hired. “If a group comes back from Russia, they can go anywhere,” smiles Ervan, who loves the country.

Meetings in 2022

“Bordel de luxe” was released in 2011, the band then played a show around Mano Solo. Ervan makes the first meetings and then leaves. “Sickness, melancholy… I am complex. I had to be known for myself. » He goes to find more peace and love in Sète for his joyful first album « Wallace », his solo project. On the Hurlements side, the Solo tour has 120 dates, an album and a book. Fan-backed Luna de papel disc is a huge success, the bold Mondial stereo is “falling into the Covid bin” (dixit Laurent).

Erwan Naour and Laurent Kebous, November 3, 2022, in Bordeaux.

Erwan Naour and Laurent Kebous, November 3, 2022, in Bordeaux.


“For 25 years, we wanted to recover from this woman,” he continues. For the souvenir album, unreleased live tracks are unearthed, revisiting old titles such as “Le café des jourshappys” presented to Ervan, who came to record it at Frontenac (33).

The filming of the clip convinced him: “Watch Lolo often (because we never left each other), understand how powerful it is. Laurent slides over to her, “Doesn’t it feel weird not being on tour? Ervan returns to the boat, twenty dates are already on the clock since spring. “When Lolo is with me on stage, nothing can happen to me,” says Ervan. After the concerts, the public comes to talk with the artists along with their memories and children. Warm up your hamstrings: the eighth album is in the works.

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