Originally conceived by producer and arranger Bertrand Burgalat (Nick Cave, Laibach, Jad Wio) as a house band for his label Tricatel, following the model of 60’s soul labels (e.g. Booker T & the MG’s with Stax) and especially for the needs of famous writer Michel Houellebecq’s tour in Spring 2000, AS Dragon quickly revealed itself as a full time band. The former members from Kojak (F), Needles (CH) and Montecarl (F) remember a sold out gig that the prophetic novelist never attended: “It was our best show … at least, the one that made us realise we weren’t just a backing band.”
Nevertheless, AS Dragon hits the road again late 2000 with Bertrand Burgalat, following the release of his acclaimed debut album “The sssound of mmmusic”. The experience was immortalised on a live album entitled “Betrand Burgalat meets AS Dragon”, out on late 2001. But the band really took its full dimension with the arrival of their frontwoman, Natacha, until then dancer at New York’s School of Martha Graham, with Russian roots. The new alchemy results in a mix of genres, an hybrid rock n’ roll tainted with psychedelism, soul and even electro-pop. With a stylish ambition of Roxy Music, a convulsive soul inherited from the Small Faces, their soon to be released album ‘Spanked’ takes us aside Blondie to the Pop bands paradise who reconciled punks and clubbers.