The QUB musique playlist: September 30, 2022 releases

QUB musique's playlist: September 30, 2022 releases


What to listen to through all the new music? Stéphane Plante and Mélissa Pelletier from QUB musique point out 5 essentials!

This Machine Still Kills Fascists – Dropkick Murphys ****

The Boston troupe takes on a daunting challenge: set to music unpublished poems by the great Woody Guthrie, the working-class folk singer. Certainly, we are moving away a little from the Celtic punk assault to which the group has accustomed us over the years. But the guys haven't confined themselves to too strict a framework since 1997. Even the intonations of the two Dropkick Murphys singers combine wonderfully in this opus full of future classics. All You Fonies(it is predicted to have a place of choice in the shows) is perhaps close to what the group usually offers, but with an instrumentation stripped, as for the rest of the album, of all distortion or drums. The somewhat rockabilly twist in Two 6's Upside Down and Cadillac, Cadillac is a perfect fit for these dusted-up lyrical works. The project thrilled Dropkick Murphys to the point of offering a sequel to This Machine Still Kills Fascistsin 2023. Until then, sing or howl in chorus these verses and refrains in memory of the poet. (Stéphane Plante)

Blending – < strong>High Vis ****

The perfect marriage of a late 80s Manchester vibe and an irresistible punk/hardcore energy. The enthusiasm of the first listens does not diminish after playing the 9 songs on a loop. The arpeggios in the intro and the groove of Fever Dream bring us back to the beautiful years when Claude Rajotte was the only one in Quebec to introduce us to Happy Mondays or Stone Roses. We missed it. Fortunately, Blendingis here. Eye-catching, authentic and timeless. (Stéphane Plante)

Free LSD – Off! ****

At the age of 67, singer Keith Morris (ex-Black Flag, ex-Circle Jerks) pours out his still intact gall to the rhythm of incendiary riffs. It all comes together spectacularly. No respite from one fire to another. We total 20 in all, but there is no downtime in this high-speed punk tornado. As a bonus, flights of free jazz like the Stooges and the MC5 allowed themselves on occasion. A beautiful mess. (Stéphane Plante)

AMERICASimon Kearney ***1 /2

“Everyone should be like Jean Leloup/Fou fou fou” chants Kearney on JeanLeloup. It sets the tone. The one we knew as a prodigy guitarist and director (Étienne Coppée, Jérôme 50) explores more and more his love of pop'n'roll on AMÉRICA. And not only: touches of soul, jazz, rap… It starts with a bang with We only live once, full of a noisy urgency to live that runs through this third album while the swaggering artist, launches into social criticism, sings about love… And lays down this slightly dizzying frenzy on Envie de rien (Oh boy), before leaving for a spin with OK bye. Stand still? Very little for Kearney. (Mélissa Pelletier)

Saturn in Capricornhost ***1/2

Hôte, alias Marc-André Dupaul, returns to music after having worked for a long time in the field of visual arts. Following the EP Lune en Verseau (2020) and a notable performance at the final of the 26th edition of Les Francouvertes, the artist offers a unique and interesting electro-pop and rock universe on Saturne in Capricorn, co-produced with the excellent multi-instrumentalist Étienne Dupré (Klô Pelgag, Zouz, Duu). The title suggests it: astrology is not far from this emotional and experimental EP, with the air of existential reflections richly coated with various sound textures. Intense and beautiful. Definitely, Host is looking forward to the sequel. (Mélissa Pelletier)

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