Prima Linea (1984-87)

Prima Linea was a french industrial band from Rennes, active from 1984 to 1987. The two leaders of the band were Yves Montmayeur and Frédéric Temps and they get their name from the political branch of the italian terrorist organization the Red Brigades.

Front cover of "Nitchevo"

Prima Linea define themselves as an audiovisual and political structure, influenced by the social-revolutionnary actions realized by the avant-garde of the last century, and by the esthetic research of art movements like Futurism or Suprematism.

Insert photo of "Nitchevo" - From left to right : Y.A.G - Frederik - Beka - IV

On a musical level, with a deep bass, dark synths, harsch martial vocals, trumpet, symphonic samples and electronic or metal percusions rythms, their sound could be classified between Test Dept and Laibach.


Front and back covers of "Session 85"

Discography :
- Manifeste / Session 84 (Tape - 1984 - Les Nourritures Terrestres)

- Session 85 (LP - 1985 - Haï Record)

- Metabolisma (Vhs - 1985)

- Prima Linea Na Stzene (Tape live - 1985 - Les Nourritures Terrestres)

- Nitchevo (LP - 1986 - Front De L’Est)

- Spartia (Vhs - 1986)

Click on the title to dowload the corresponding album.

Live collage made with the images in Kunst n°2

Yves Montmayeur is now a director and Frédéric Temps is managing the french independent festival L’Etrange Festival and has an electro-experimental musical project called Tempsion.


Prima Linea (Frédéric & Yves) - 1984

Find here a full biography in french of Prima Linea, written by Christophe Lorentz in 2006 for the book Carnets Noirs.

Prima Linea (Yves & Frédéric) - 1986

Prima Linea Goodies
. Insert of the LP "Nitchevo" (3 pages - 150 dpi)
Right-click here to dowload the 3 pages pdf
. Article in French on the band (Kunst #2 - 1988)
Right-click here to dowload the 4 pages pdf (personal archive)

First insert of "Nitchevo"


Credits :
All Visuals & Artworks © Prima Linea
Pictures of Yves & Frédéric © Yves Montmayeur