Late in 2010, we paid a visit to The Jazz Café in Camden, on the strength of a write-up that suggested General Elektriks, the band fronted by vintage keyboard player, composer and producer Hervé Salters, was our kind of music.
We weren’t disappointed. Hervé’s five-man outfit forged a unique sound that mixed classic funk, jazz, hip-hop and electro-pop. The band played with enough energy to bump Camden into a new London postcode. Moving from piano lessons as a child to a love for vintage keyboards (he’s often seen punishing a Hohner Clavinet C), Hervé has been performing with live acts since his teens – in the USA, Europe and Australasia. He released his first album as General Elektriks in 2003.
In spring 2016, backstage at Le Trianon in Paris, we met the recovering Mr Salters and chatted about album cover design – could we collaborate? Gibson is in London, whilst Salters, a French native, now lives with his family in Berlin. The man was game – and roughly one year later an exchange of ideas began for Carry No Ghosts.
Carry No Ghosts is the fifth album from General Elektriks, released on 2 February 2018, with album cover design by Gibson incorporating an illustration by Victor GM and Steve Gibson. The first two singles from the album are ‘Different Blue’ and ‘Au Tir À La Carabine’. The terrific photo of Hervé in full flight is courtesy of photographer Jeremy Toix.