Dave Chose returns with 0.5%, a new track off his self-titled debut album due April 27th via Bonsound, following last fall’s release of his first single, Chez Françoise. The album is available for pre-order now, and will be launched in Montreal at Le Ministère on Thursday, April 26th.
While Chez Françoise, a rough ballad with an exhilarating chorus, shows off the artist’s soft side, 0.5% takes a page out of the grunge music of his youth. 0.5% was the last song he wrote for the record. The lyrics are a self-reflection on the monotony and ennui Dave felt throughout a long period of sobriety. J’carbure au tonic / Flat comme un vieux rubber / Pis me semble que ça va / Mais fuck c’est / Pas débile (I’m running on tonic water / As flat as old rubber / And everything seems fine / But fuck it’s not awesome), he sings on the track.
An artist to watch in 2018 according to La Presse and VOIR, Dave Chose explores his personal experiences from the summer of 2015 to fall of 2017 on his debut LP. The 12 songs are marked with a charming naïveté and highlight banalities like the taste of iced tea from the corner store, or the pleasure of rolling his own cigarettes. I never had as much fun in my life as I had as a kid, confides the Montrealer-via-Lac-St-Jean. Being an adult is complicated… it’s dull. This nostalgia is translated by a use of common parlance and stories of intense vulnerability.
The linguistic simplicity is all the more heightened by elaborate arrangements that are rich and electric. Dave Chose exploits this clash between lyrics and music with the help of the album’s two co-producers, Benoît Bouchard (who also engineered and mixed the album) and Nicolas Beaudoin. They were joined by other talented musicians, including Jonathan Bigras, Julien Sagot, Dany Placard, Alex McMahon and Louis-Philippe Gingras.
Yes Mccan (Dead Obies) is excited to release a brand new song, Désirée. The single was produced by Yen Dough and Ruffsound, and features additional vocals by Cape Tula and Yen Dough.
Désirée is one of his collaborations with Ruffsound and Yen Dough from last summer, when he started working on his solo album. I wanted to keep both tracks, but [Désirée] doesn’t really fit with the direction the album is taking, explains Yes Mccan.
The past few months, Yes Mccan has been devoting his time to the creation of his debut solo album, to be released later this year via Make It Rain Records. He has also continued his work on Dead Obies’ third album, due out in 2019.
Following a sold-out show at Montreal’s Club Soda last Friday, Geoffroy now delivers a brand new song, Wanderer, which is available on all digital platforms via Bonsound. Produced by Tim ''Heartfelt'' Buron from Cult Nation’s collective New Gospel (Charlotte Cardin, Nate Husser), the single touches on Geoffroy’s need to embrace the unexpected, and expresses a joie de vivre and a thirst for escape. I’ve been travelling a lot recently and it has reminded me how important it is to live fully, to break free from routine and comfort, explains the artist.
More electro-tinged than his other songs, Wanderer is not necessarily a preview of his next album, which is currently in the works for a 2019 winter release. It’s a one-off single that I decided to release for the fans, adds Geoffroy, to keep them waiting for the follow-up to Coastline, his Polaris Music Prize Long-Listed debut album released in March 2017.
02/03 Trois-Rivières, QC // Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau
03/03 Sherbrooke, QC // Boquébière
08/03 Rouyn-Noranda, QC // Agora des Arts
23/03 Ottawa, ON // The 27 Club
03/05 Sorel-Tracy, QC // Salle Georges-Codling
04/05 Terrebonne, QC // Salle du Moulinet
On February 2nd, Milk & Bone released their sophomore effort, Deception Bay, via Bonsound. Offering a dreamlike, hazy, soft electro-pop soundscape, the album debuted at #2 in Quebec, hit #2 on iTunes Canada and sat at the top spot on Earshot’s National Top 50 for two weeks in a row. The album is available in stores and on all digital platforms.
Today, the Montreal-based band unveils a video for Nevermore, directed by Christine Grosjean and Marie-Soleil Denault. On the single, Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne free themselves from toxic relationships, singing: Nevermore / You won’t catch me crying / On the kitchen floor / I won’t play along. The video stars the duo and features quadrascopic images, amplifying this feeling of liberation.
Milk & Bone’s North American tour kicks off in Toronto this Thursday, March 1st, and includes dates in Ottawa (sold-out!), Quebec City (sold-out!) and many US cities (Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, etc.). The duo will present their new concert in Montreal on April 5th to a sold-out Théâtre Corona, before flying off to Europe for 11 shows in 6 different countries. Tour dates are listed below and on milknbone.com.
Following Mes ruines sur tes décombres, a first single that found its place on both commercial and college radio, Loïc April returns with a second song, Fleur de violence, off his self-titled debut album due out March 30th via Bonsound. The Montreal launch show will take place on the same day at Casa del Popolo.
The album is available to pre-order now.
Without betraying his allegiance to inventive guitar riffs and surprising rhythms, Loïc describes Fleur de violence about being unable to communicate at the right time, and imagining what could have been. The track’s accompanying video, directed by Philippe Beauséjour (Duchess Says, Solids, IDALG), was shot in a room lined with amps. We see the musicians who actually play on the album; Olivier Van Tassel on bass, Jonathan Charette on drums, Denis-Paul Mazerolle on guitar and finally Loïc on vocals and guitar.
Produced by Jonathan Charette (Groenland, Simon Kingsbury), the album came to fruition over many morning rehearsals in an dusty east-Montreal space. Indie rock soundscapes blend with shoegaze, post-punk and powerpop influences. The lyrics evoke solitude, social anxiety and disillusionment, and borrow from both ecclesiastical and mythological vocabulary. The critically-acclaimed songwriter Philippe B acted as a mentor during the writing process. Déroger au décorum / Mutiner mon mutisme / Épaulé par Perséphone / Je suis parachutiste / J’ai osé espérer des points pour la démarche, sings Loïc on Des points pour la démarche. The recording was entrusted to Reelroad Studio’s Samuel Gemme (Uubbuurruu, Anemone, Jésuslesfilles) and the mixing to Adrian Popovich (We Are Wolves, Solids, Heat).
27/02/18 Montreal, QC // Le Belmont (Opening for Phoebe Bridgers)
30/03/18 Montreal, QC // Casa del Popolo (Album launch show)
18-20/05/18 Sainte-Thérèse, QC // Santa Teresa
Bonsound is proud to welcome Les Louanges to our management, label and booking rosters. Les Louanges consists of Vincent Roberge... and that is it! He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays a little bit of everything in the recording studio and who surrounds himself with other musicians on stage. Les Louanges launched his first EP, Le Mercure, on his Bandcamp page in 2016. He added an extra track, Encéphaline (which won a SOCAN Songwriting Prize), then formally released the EP the following year. Finalist at the 2017 Francouvertes and the 2015 Festival International de la Chanson de Granby, the Montreal-based Lévis-native made a splash thanks to his EP’s jazzy, slacker-rock vibe - soothing and rallying, according to VOIR’s Catherine Genest - and the unique timbre of his voice.
Today, Les Louanges unveils Pitou, a new, light funk-ish single halfway between Le Mercure and his debut album, to be released this autumn via Bonsound. He collaborated with Félix Petit (Bellflower), who co-produced the track, and William Côté on the drums. Vincent did all the rest, the instrumentation and the vocals. The young producer is ready to embark on a new path by exploring more chillwave, R&B and hip-hop sounds. Inspired by artists like Toro y Moi and Washed Out as well as the work of Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean, Les Louanges promises to fully explore this new direction in his upcoming songs.
The music video for Pitou was shot before the song was even recorded. Director Anthony Coveney created a Montreal version of a twisted Truman Show (the movie) by emphasizing the stalker and playful side of the lyrics.
On February 2nd, Milk & Bone released their sophomore effort, Deception Bay, via Bonsound. The title track sets the tone for the rest of the project, and opens the door for their brilliant third single, Nevermore, which is released today. The Montreal-based duo free themselves from toxic relationships in Nevermore, singing: You won’t catch me crying / On the kitchen floor / I won’t play along.
Just like their 2015 debut, Little Mourning, love and relationships - from every angle - are the cornerstones of these 14 new songs from Milk & Bone. Emotions ran very high on their Polaris Long-Listed debut album, and on Deception Bay, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin present themselves in a new light. From innocent crushes (Daydream, KIDS) to impossible love (Faded, BBBLUE), they now exude confidence and inner strength.
Produced with longtime collaborator Gabriel Gagnon, Deception Bay was recorded partly at Studios Apollo and La Majeure, and was mixed by Gagnon and Howie Beck (Feist, Charlotte Day Wilson, River Tiber). This new collection of electro-pop songs features numerous collaborations with musicians and producers, including Grammy award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales, CRi, Max-Antoine Gendron and Jonathan Dauphinais. By pushing Milk & Bone and Gagnon to explore new avenues, each of them helped enrich the group’s soundscape, while maintaining an overall coherence throughout the album.
01/03/18 Toronto, ON // Mod Club Theatre
02/03/18 Ottawa, ON // The 27 Club SOLD-OUT
03/03/18 Quebec City, QC // Impérial Bell
04/03/18 Allston, MA // Great Scott
06/03/18 Brooklyn, NY // Baby's All Right
07/03/18 Philadelphia, PA // Kungfu Necktie
08/03/18 Pittsburgh, PA // Club Cafe
10/03/18 Chicago, IL // Constellation
11/03/18 Nashville, TN // The High Watt
12-16/03/18 Austin, TX // SXSW
20/03/18 Los Angeles, CA // Bootleg Theater
21-25/03/18 Downtown Boise, ID // Treefort Music Fest
22/03/18 San Francisco, CA // Swedish American Hall
25/03/18 Portland, OR // Doug Fir Lounge
26/03/18 Seattle, WA // Barboza
05/04/18 Montreal, QC // Théâtre Corona SOLD-OUT
08/04/18 Manchester, UK // Gorilla * SOLD-OUT
09/04/18 London, UK // Village Underground *
10/04/18 London, UK // Omeara * SOLD-OUT
13/04/18 Cologne, DE // Studio 672 * SOLD-OUT
14/04/18 Berlin, DE // Privatclub * SOLD-OUT
16/04/18 Hamburg, DE // Nochtspeicher *
18/04/18 Stockholm, SE // Debaser Strand *
19/04/18 Oslo, NO // Røverstaden *
21/04/18 Bergen, NO // Grieghall *
23/04/18 Zürich, CH // Bogen F *
25/04/18 Paris, FR // La Boule Noire
13/09/18 Vancouver, BC // Vogue Theatre (Westward Music Festival)
18/10/18 Lévis, QC // L'Anglicane
19/10/18 Trois-Rivières, QC // Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau
20/10/18 Laval, QC // Salle André-Mathieu
25/10/18 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC // Le Zaricot
26/10/18 Saint-Jérôme, QC // Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
27/10/18 Val-Morin, QC // Théâtre du Marais
* Opening for Lissie
In 2017, Pierre Kwenders won over the public with the release of his critically-acclaimed sophomore album MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time. Pierre Kwenders’ second album, produced by Shabazz Palaces’ Tendai Maraire, is a wildly inventive, globe-spanning triumph. (Pitchfork) The Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter now kicks off the year in full force. Premiering today via AFROPUNK, he shares the music video for his album’s title track, Makanda, featuring Palaceer Lazaro (Shabazz Palaces) and SassyBlack.
Directed by Patrice Laliberté (finalist for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards’ Best Live Action Short Drama), the video has a black-and-white film aesthetic. It features Palaceer Lazaro and Luciana Marcos, a MMA fighter.
Last autumn, Pierre Kwenders headed off to Europe to perform his new songs across France and England. He ended 2017 in front of 100 000 people at Montreal’s Old-Port during the big New Year’s Eve celebration. The artist will be performing alongside Busty and The Bass on January 26th at the Corona Theatre. Tickets are on sale online. He will open for the band during their tour across Western Canada in March, right after playing the Apollo Theatre in New York alongside Tony Allen, Black Coffee and Jeff Mills. He has also been added to this year’s SXSW lineup in Austin, Texas, which runs from March 9th to 18th. For all his tour dates, visit pierrekwenders.com.
01/26/18 Montreal, QC // Théâtre Corona (Opening for Busty and the Bass)
02/06/18 New Orleans, LA // Krewe du Kanaval Mardi Gras Parade)
03/03/18 New York, NY // Apollo Theater (Africa Now!)
03/06/18 Victoria, BC // Capital Ballroom (Opening for Busty and the Bass)
03/07/18 Vancouver, BC // Imperial (Opening for Busty and the Bass)
03/09/18 Calgary, AB // The Gateway Bar (Opening for Busty and the Bass)
03/10/18 Edmonton, AB // The Rec Room (Opening for Busty and the Bass)
Earlier this year, Groenland announced via social media that they are taking an indefinite break at the end of 2017. We’re ready to take on new adventures! We’ll be in touch, wrote the Montreal-based band. The group recently performed their last shows, and its founding members, Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque, will focus on new projects over the next few months.
To close this chapter, they now offer two previously unreleased tracks to their fans. The b-sides include a French version of Cabin, one of the tracks from their sophomore effort A Wider Space, and Propaganda, a song from the recording sessions of that same album. Both songs are available on all digital platforms.
Released in September 2016 via Bonsound, A Wider Space is a personal album that bears witness to the darker sides of adventure and the flip side of touring. Guided by Sabrina’s powerful vocals and punctuated by exuberant orchestral arrangements, these ten songs daringly mix electro and organic elements. Since releasing their debut album The Chase in 2013, Groenland has charmed audiences everywhere with its orchestral indie pop, touring in Germany, France, Netherlands, UK and across Canada.
For a fifth year in a row, Milk & Bone are excited to share their Christmas cover. After I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Blue Christmas and Last Christmas, the duo offers their version of Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me. Check out the video for their cover - featuring the duo and two beautiful kigurumi - on YouTube.
At last night’s pop-up shop, the group (formed by Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin) launched a special edition vinyl with three never-physically-released songs. Available today on Bonsound’s online store and Milk & Bone’s Bandcamp, the record features Natalie (the theme song from Podz’ film King Dave, which has been streamed over 4 million times on Spotify), Trust (a previously unreleased track from King Dave) and Poison.