Deschamp had left California after a bad breakup, moving to Coeur d’Alene to be near his father and start over. He still played music but he was so sad he only had enough energy to play acoustic, the 30-year-old explained in a recent interview.
He asked the pawn shop owner where he could play music and was directed to open mic night at Kelly’s Irish Pub and Grill in Coeur d’Alene. He took his acoustic guitar and started playing his old punk songs to a slower, quieter beat.
“You could hear my voice. I actually sang the songs,” said Deschamp with a laugh. “When it translated over a lot of people found it entertaining because they found it funny. It came off more satirical.”
Deschamp’s album, “Hilarious, Fun, and Sexy,” was released Dec. 9 by FM Inc. Records, a label owned by Aaron Birdsall of the Coeur d’Alene band Flying Mammals. Songs about cancer, zombies, spiders and break ups are set to upbeat, danceable pop tunes.
“A lot of my songs tell stories. I guess that’s what sets me apart. The lyrics are super important,” said Deschamp, who will perform shows in Moscow and Clarkston (details at bottom).
While he’s been compared to comic musicians like Bo Burnham and Tenacious D, Deschamp insists that’s not what he’s about.
“I’m not a musical comedian. I‘m a guy that writes songs that people laugh about,” Deschamp said. “I wanted people to smile and be happy.”
Deschamp will play acoustic and also perform with the Spokane ska band Ragtag Romantics. The group was chosen as a 2016 “Band to Watch” for the Pacific Northwest Inlander’s Volume Music Festival.
If You Go
Who: Deschamp and the Ragtag Romantics
When and Where:
7 p.m. Friday, March 3, One World Cafe, 533 S. Main St., Moscow
9 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Hogan’s Pub, 906 Sixth St., Clarkston ($5 cover)
9:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, John’s Alley Tavern, 114 E. Sixth St., Moscow