"...as epic as it is primal and as stirring as it is sad and introverted".
"A triumphant debut."
"Patient and profound."
Les Jupes are a new band from the centre of Canada versed in expansive musical landscapes, sharp lyrics and an observer's eye for the world. They are four Anglos with a French name making big, broad and determined music. And they are at the centre of a prairie renaissance growing around Head In The Sand Records.
Their debut album Modern Myths is built on Michael Petkau Falk's baritone charging through waves of psychedelia and driving rhythms. Pounding, introspective, at times fierce, at times playful. It is purposefully dyslexic - an echo of the characters entombed and a mirror of the writer. Having moved to Montreal and quitting music in 2005, this album culminates the creative turnaround of "the patron saint of the Winnipeg music scene" (Jaxon Haldane) - a process which also brought us the Record Of The Week Club in 2009.
Modern Myths was recorded over a year and a half when Montreal producer/engineer Marcus Paquin (frontman of Last Gang's Silver Starling) found time from working on Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. Marcus and Mike have that rare magic found in friends who share similar musical visions.
And what of the songs? There is one for Nikita Khruschev, Stalin's Ukranian heir and cold-war architect. There is one for someone wrestling with depression and an eating disorder. There is one for Chicago. There is (ironically enough) one for people who take things too seriously. There is Awake, My Ghost! written the day before a kind man and passionate music-lover took his own life. And there is One Solemn Oath, the album's thematic centre.
This new @SOMBEAR track is really stunning. https://t.co/xCjTimMitm (from @nownowband drummer)
RT @nownowband: Bradley/Sombear is streaming his new track via Consequence of Sound! Check it out. His new record "Love You In The... http:…
Mike is opening for @abramsonsingers at @TheWECC on Monday. They've got a beauty of a new record. Come on out.
Sometimes I just want to turn up the guitars really really really really loud.
Happy Record Store Day! A big shout out to our favorites: Diverse (Wales), Wowsville (Berlin), Zulu (Vancouver), Soundscapes (Toronto) and course Trader and ITM here at home. Go buy something from those wonderful people today!
Power outage at the studio! The whole block is dark. Looks like that's a wrap on our Montreal sessions.