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Battant, French for fighter, is the name of Chloé Raunet’s band and it matches the 27-year-old singer’s energetic personality. Born and raised in Vancouver, the pretty brunette has been involved in music practically since she could stand up. Her parents started her on the Suzuki violin program when she was two years old, and she’s composed poems and songs since she could hold a pen. But it was her move to London, at 17, that really got her into action, and she started her own band with the underground local figure Mole in 2005. Battant, her new London-based trio, includes guitar player Tim Fairplay and Joel Dever on synthesizer. Raunet sings and writes the lyrics. “I have a pretty wild imagination, and most of what I’m trying to say is cloaked in heavy metaphor,” she says. Produced under the French label Kill the DJ, Battant’s first album, No Head, was released this year and became an instant hit. Fans love the urgent vitality of the band’s electro-rock music and its charismatic singer, even though, with her boyish haircut and black jeans and T-shirts, Raunet is hardly a seductress. “I’m a fan of any woman who makes it in music without relying solely on her sex appeal,” says the androgynous singer, who is a fan of Kim Deal, Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin. Battant is working on a second album. —Chantal Goupil