Recently arrived back from my journey to Montréal and experiencing some post trip depression as I had a really excellent time! It was fun to officially meet Sovannak of Productions Haineuses/Traumatismes, who brings a lot of coldwave (and dark underground bands of other genres) to the city. It was great to be able to trade some music recommendations with him – I came away with a list of about 150 projects to check out, a couple of which I’ll be covering in upcoming blog entries.
On my second night there I went to the show that caused me to book my flight in the first place. The venue was Deathouse, an intimate little cave that was perfect for a smaller show. The place was packed with a lively crowd though, so the energy was high. I unfortunately had to leave before the out of town headliners hit the stage, but was happy to see the first three bands, all hailing from Montréal.
The first band on stage was Essaie Pas, a minimal synth band who captivated with their sexy and sinuous live show. Reminiscent of Vancouver’s Cosmetics, the beats are often very simple with relaxed and breezy vocals. The combination of these elements make a really outstanding soundscape, and my concert buddy Louis mentioned that this music brought to mind some of David Lynch’s albums – so it’s a must hear if that sounds down your alley.
The next band on was Void Republic. I hadn’t made the time to check this band out before seeing him perform, but he was an amazing live show! Dark electro minimal beats that reverberated throughout my body and made dancing impossible to resist (but why would you want to?). This band has a surprisingly few amount of listens on Last.fm/likes on Facebook, so I hope he gains the recognition he deserves while I hold out for hope that I’ll catch him live again someday!
The last set I was around for was Automelodi. I’d been waiting a while to see this band, and it was better than I’d imagined! I was a little worried before the performance as there were some issues with the soundcheck, and they left the stage for at least half an hour with no explanation. A couple of friends started to scare me but saying that it’s happened before where Automelodi didn’t like the ambiance of a venue and left without playing (I really doubt the validity of this – there was a lot of teasing happening, i.e. “What if you paid $600 for a plane ticket and then didn’t get to see Automelodi after all?”). But soon the band came onstage with an apology for the wait, and the show began. Xavier Paradis was in good form, wearing his signature striped sailor shirt and throwing lots of spirit and intensity into his performance. His guitarist made the live show have some extra kick, and the band and crowd alike were having a fantastic time. When Digresse started to play, it was pretty obvious that it’s one of his personal favourites based on the amount of energetic bouncing and tambourine shaking/smashing that was happening 😀 Definitely envy the fact that the Montréal scene can see Automelodi’s show fairly often – it was an evening to remember.