The band are nearly a household name in the Montreal underground, but they still haven't made a name outside of the city which, frankly, is shocking...Their arty synth punk is part Devo, part Black Flag and part B-52's, the kind of skewed pop that only musicians raised on experimental music could make. Exclaim
“Negative Thoughts,” a six-minute thunderstorm that builds slowly before unleashing torrents of distorted guitars, crashing drums, sirens, and the dynamo that is singer Annie-Claude Deschenes. You can almost hear her whipping a crowd into a frenzy. Brooklyn Vegan
Duchess Says serves us a repertory of "moog rock" songs strong in images and enormously intense live performances! Anyone who has witnessed the band live knows the pure theatrical mayhem that ensues, with onstage antics approaching those of Jesus Lizard’s David Yow.duchess-says.com/
Directed by Philippe Beauséjour, the video for the single I Repeat Myself expresses Duchess Says’ interpretation of repetition in an original and exacting way. The images force us to live and relive the song’s message, over and over again. Like a visual mantra, the shots are juxtaposed so that the viewer witnesses multiple variations of each repetition.
The album Sciences Nouvelles was recorded at Mountain City Studio by Adrian Popovitch and Joseph Donovan, and at St-Hippolyte by Olivier Maguire. Duchess Says serves up a repertory of moog rock with strong visuals, and their live performance is a force to be reckoned with. Those who have seen their live show can attest to the theatrical mayhem that ensues, including antics reminiscent of those of Jesus Lizard’s David Yow. The band's writing process is generally centered around attempts to musically interpret visual art. The approach blends a freewheeling openness to experimentation with an assuredness of execution. This is possible thanks to the band's experience and to their devotion to uncovering the possibilities at the edges of their music, both on the record and at a live show.
Sciences Nouvelles is a great distorted trip that will lead you to a new emotional scientific experiment.
Duchess Says was created by four members of the Church of Budgerigars whose goal was to insure a faithful representation of the message of the Duchess (or spiritual budgie) through a precise artistic dialog.
Composed of A-Claude (vox, keytar, guitar), Phil (guitar, bass, feedbacks) and Simon (lo-fi beats, drums and doubtful noises), Duchess Says serves a repertory of moog rock - strong in image and a live force to be reckoned with. Everyone who has witnessed them knows the theatrical mayhem that ensues, with antics approaching those of Jesus Lizard’s David Yow. They've shared the stage with renowned combos all over the world, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Ariel Pink, The Black Lips and The Buzzcocks, and have unleashed a number of self-serving pagan soirees including SXSW, the Festival d’été de Québec, Nuits Sonores, Dour, Osheaga, Primavera Sound, Eurockéennes and CMJ.
Duchess Says’ influences range from no wave, new wave and punk, to cinema and the visual arts. Their penchant for blending dance music and aggression works well and makes them comparable to other acts such as Devo, Fucked Up and DAF.