Just a few weeks before the release of their next album, Électrons libres du québec, Population II now unveils C.T.Q.S., a psych-rock ticking time bomb that follows Beau baptême, the first single unveiled earlier this spring. Électrons libres du québec is due out on Bonsound on October 6th, 2023. This will also be the 100th album released by the Montreal-based label. Launch shows will be held at La Sala Rossa in Montreal on October 5th, and at Le Pantoum in Quebec City on October 13th.
C.T.Q.S. kicks off with a supple, relentless rhythm and dissonant organ riff, before propelling us into an explosive, slightly disturbing tangent. The result is a song that effortlessly breathes while leaning into copious amounts of repetition. With tongue-in-cheek lyrics, singer-songwriter-drummer Pierre-Luc Gratton taunts those who are too passive and have surrendered in the face of the current state of the world. C.T.Q.S. is the manifestation of the tribulations of the past among today’s youth, explains the band. It’s the calm after the storm, the law of suburbia, the boomer’s victory lap. It’s searching the “Local business” category on Amazon.
On August 31st, Population II will perform in Rouyn-Noranda as part of the FME, before heading off to the U.S. to support Osees on a series of five concerts in September. See the list below for more information on upcoming shows.
31/08/2023 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Au Diable Rond (FME)
16/09/2023 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall •
17/09/2023 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern •
18/09/2023 - Détroit, MI - El Club •
20/09/2023 - Boston, MA - Royale •
22/09/2023 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw •
05/10/2023 - Montréal, QC - Sala Rossa (Album launch)
13/10/2023 - Québec, QC - Le Pantoum (Album launch) ✻
21/10/2023 - Saint-Hyacinthe, QC - Le Zaricot °
• Supporting de Osees
° Double bill with Yoo Doo Right
✻ Double bill with Motherhood