Nouvelle Vague to play Palác Akropolis

French band does covers of new wave hits and now has some original songs as well

French band Nouvelle Vague is coming back to Palác Akropolis on Nov. 25 with a new album called I Could be Happy. The band is famous for its cover versions of new wave hits from the 1970s and '80s. The band is the idea of musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, who have worked with a number of female singers to create radically different interpretations of the songs, often with a bossa nova beat.

The new album also has four original songs by the band, which is a first. The covers on I Could be Happy include the title track, which was made famous by the band Altered Images, the Ramones hit “I Wanna Be Sedated” and the Brian Eno song “No One Is Receiving,” as well as songs by the Cure, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and Cocteau Twins. The album art is evocative of the 1960s, with a silhouette of a slender woman on top of an abstract color design.

The band, whose name translated to New Wave, rose to cult fame in 2004 with their eponymous first album. Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux had the idea to do a bossa nova version of Joy Division's hit “Love Will Teat Us Apart,” and then recorded other old songs in the same style. They followed that up in 2006 with the album Bande à Part, which also did well for them.

The next two albums, 3 released in 2009 and the French-language Couleurs sur Paris for 2010, didn't make as big of a splash and the band slowed down on touring.

The band was last in Prague in 2014 at the same venue for a surprisingly high energy show featuring Mélanie Pain and Nadéah Miranda on vocals. It was the band's third time in Prague. They were at Palác Akropolis in 2009 and KC Vltavská in 2010.

The Nov. 25 concert will be followed by an afterparty with Boyz&Girlz and Mr.Funky Machine.

This year Palác Akropolis is celebrating a double anniversary. It has been operating as an independent arts venue for 20 years, and it originally opened 90 years ago as a movie theater. “Since 1996 we have managed to offer important performances from around the world. Our projects with Czech artists in the world have been received positively, and many of them have received awards,” club manager Lubomír Schmidtmajer said previously.

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