February 2003 - Hollandrocks

Sometimes the spin-off of a band becomes more popular than the main band. Just look at Calexico and Giant Sand. A similar thing is happening with Templo Diez, which is totally eclipsing its originator Miss Wyoming. Bandleader Pascal Hallibert hails from France, which might explain the band's unique sound amidst the Dutch rock scene. Best described as post rock, Lo-Fi and what have you, The Hague-based Templo Diez avoids the beaten path of its fellow citizens who like to play straight forward (stadium) rock. Its song material on the self-released debut album Hoboken sounds like a soundtrack to a 'film noir' in the waiting room. Since SXSW is a film festival too, wake up you film producers out there, as this is it.