24 September 2008

Thisquietarmy / This Will Destroy You / Lymbyc Systym - Live Review by Exclaim

Lymbyc Systym / This Will Destroy You / ThisQuietArmy
Zoobizarre, Montreal QC September 13
By Jasamine White-Gluz

Montreal's Eric Quach, otherwise known as ThisQuietArmy kicked off the evening under a pile of guitar pedals and synths. The mound of gear aside, ThisQuietArmy created sonic landscapes with guitar loops and samples, with well-arranged projections adding a story to his soundtrack.

This Will Destroy You were the surprise of the night, with the band appearing to have somewhat cult status in Montreal. The tiny Zoobizarre was nearly shaking from the sheer volume of the band, and it became basically unbearable to listen to them for too long before your ears started buzzing. Apparently one of Tool's favourite bands, their droning guitar-driven post rock had a heaviness that would have begun to get monotonous if it weren't for some clever use of melody and an engaging live performance.

Lymbyc Systym followed with a less abrasive set, their particular brand of atmospheric pop sounding surprisingly full despite there being only two people on stage. Most songs are quite cinematic, sounding like it could easily be the backdrop for any quirky indie flick. There are moments where the laptop steals the show and an extra body onstage providing live instruments could only improve the songs. Brothers Jared and Michael Bell are great songwriters, with lush loops and organ sounds providing the basis for most pieces, with an obvious affinity for ‘90s shoegaze.

Despite it being a completely instrumental evening, there was no lack of energy in the room.



Thanks Jasamine.

17 September 2008

V/A | Fugues Unreleased Tracks 2008 (OUT NOW)

V/A | Fugues Unreleased Tracks 2008
fugues / limited edition cdr compilation

■ tracklisting

01 - KUROSAWA Lead Me To You
02 - PART-TIMER feat.
A Familiar Site
03 - BARENTS SEA HARBOUR Just Last Night
05 - EPIC45 You Were Never Here
07 - MARCO CAMPITELLI Eleven Years
08 - APILLOW Eloge de la fuite
09 - BALMORHEA Show-Me
10 - THISQUIETARMY Summer Isolation
11 - FORESTFLIES Music Box And Piano
12 - PORT-ROYAL I Used To Be Sad
14 - WORRYTRAIN Bad Roads

■ listen



■ infos

We would like to raise the sails. Abandon those who brood, those who separate. Feeling the heat of August and its stars, patient until the end of the day.
We yearn for twilight, blue, loneliness. Small things that move about our empty spaces. We would like a few diversions too. Lights, blurred lines. December’s skies. Something that stretches under the sheets and shivers only when it doesn’t speak. Some ghosts, sighing bridges, arched churches and then the moon under a curtain of mist.
Awakening in silence upon hearing singing at night and observing from afar the surroundings, a vacuum, the absence: our shadows almost asleep.

Out | september 15th 2008
Distribution | debruit&desilence

■ mail order

International order : please send us an e.
mail to mailorder @ debruitetdesilence. com.

■ label

www. myspace. com/fuguesmusic

■ internet

www. myspace. com/kurosawadreams
www. myspace. com/pommyjohn
www. myspace. com/daveolliffe
www. myspace. com/inlandsistheorem
www. myspace. com/electroluminescent
www. myspace. com/epic45
www. myspace. com/theretailsectors
www. myspace. com/mercuresurlaneige
www. myspace. com/apillowmusic
www. myspace. com/balmorhea
www. myspace. com/thisquietarmy
www. myspace. com/forestflies
www. myspace. com/uptheroyals
www. myspace. com/buildingcastlesoutofmatchsticks
www. myspace. com/worrytrain

label | promotion | distribution | mail order | booking | events
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Petit Campus - Guitarapocalypse 9/14

Photos by AlBéRicK >>> http://zerokanada.blogspot.com/

8 September 2008

Kick-ass weekend coming up (Sept. 13-14)

Saturday Sept. 13th @ Zoobizarre, Montréal.
Supporting Lymbyc Systym & This Will Destroy You.
Presented by Blue Skies Turn Black.

Sunday Sept. 14th @ Petit Campus, Montréal.
GUITARAPOCALYSE w/ Aun, Maggot Breeder, Thierry Gauthier.
Presented by Espionnage & Le Salon de la Musique Indépendante de Montréal 2008

7 September 2008

New projections in the works

I've been using almost the same visuals sequences for my shows for the past 2 years now, people have got to be tired of them. Currently working and editing shots I filmed of industrial buildings on the Lachine canal. It's a bit cliché and the locals will probably recognize them, but I'm giving them a ghostly feel as per usual. Here are some screenshots:

4 September 2008


Giving the guitar a bit of a rest. Working on something exclusively synthy, albeit not any less ambient & droney. There's a lot to do with a simple analog Moog... Not sure whether I should separate this completely from Thisquietarmy though. But for live shows, it kinda needs to be because I'll definitely be playing only one or the other, and the synth project will only be very sporadic. Any thoughts?

1 September 2008

Harvested and Brainwashed

Here's the lastest couple of reviews... Great musical essays by Simon Marshall-Jones for Brainwashed.com & Baruhlo for Heathenharvest.com; thanks guys!

* Brainwashed (USA):

Excerpt: 'This is a deeply meditative, holistic album, giving color, shape, and substance to a world caught in the margin between the light and the darkness. Ranging over a wide spectrum of sonic textures, from pure dronefields to acoustic strumming, and from fuzzed-out harmonic blankets to shimmering hazes augmented by the ethereal vocals of Meryem Yildiz, Unconquered represents a veritable cornucopia of riches. That it is the vision of one man heightens the experience all the more.' (by Simon Marshall-Jones)

* Heathen Harvest (USA):

Excerpt: 'All the album has an attention to detail and to its hidden dynamics, all tiny movement merging together in a suspension of long forgotten troops and all inner, mental, battles. Avoiding the more obvious post rock ups and downs, 'Unconquered' has a intrinsic domain, a territory of its own, where these movements tend to clarify as we forgot them and try to experience movement as a whole, traveling as a mystic somnolence.' (by Baruhlo)