Tollan is a Belgian band born in 2014 when Fabien Dargent (bass)
Eric Stevens (drums) - tired of the lack of artisitic liberty in a
previous group - created their own electro rock project. Jacques Noach
(guitar) quickly joined them and after a few years searching the right
voice Lionel Vandendries became undoubtedly the ultimate singer for the
The name "Tollan" was basically chosen in reference to the Toltec
capital in South America, Eric Stevens being himself a promoter of the
"Four Agreements" also called "Les accords Toltèques" in French.
Originally the aim was to mix modern electro sound with the approach of
a conventional rock band so that powerful rock tones contrast with
gliding atmospheres. Another important decision taken was to use French
lyrics because they wanted Tollan to be meaningful, engaged and
denouncer of modern abuses. That is why their music can be dynamic but
often quite dark at the same time and even sometimes oppressive too.
Some covered topics being for instance animal suffering, growing old,
marital difficulties, virtual current life, …
French is certainly not an easy choice for rock music. As a non-native
English speaking band they could not have dealt with these themes
correctly and credibly otherwise, it’s a matter of consistency. On the
other side, French is however one of the richest languages that is why
Tollan strongly believes that when words correctly fit the music they
can be as portent as English.
As far as their influences are concerned, they come mainly from the
80’s, each member of the group has been deeply marked by the New Wave
trend and this comes out very clearly when listening to their music.
They are proud to transmit this heritage to the current audience and
consider it as a chance to have grown as musicians during these
artistically very rich years.
Their first record "Faux Départs" (False Starts) contains 11 tracks and
was released early this year. Initially this album should have been
recorded in Bordeaux, France but facing numerous logistical problems the
band finally decided to settle on using a Belgian countryside studio to
work serenely on their first baby.