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Jean Francois visage musique

Visage Musique: Montreal’s underground Synth alchemists

Jean Francois visage musique
Jean Francois displaying the white vinyl pressing of Golden Zebra’s 2014 debut LP

Montreal’s Visage Musique, have been a fixture in the city’s burgeoning synth underground since 2010. Six years on, the label sounds as vital as ever. Thanks to creative incubators such as Visage Musique, Montreal’s former title as the “Synth City” has decisively returned, with the successes and acclaim earned by local underground acts such as Essaie Pas, now too big to be ignored by Canada’s mainstream press. In anticipation of the label’s upcoming Brusque Twins release, the excellent new techno-infused EP “Trashbag” (released Apr. 22nd), I had the opportunity to sit down with Jean Francois Morin aka Dino Secondino: the elusive international playboy and unofficial spokesperson of the label. I spoke to Jean about the beginnings of the label, the importance of balancing aesthetic unity with musical innovation, and the challenges of running an independent label in Quebec.

DB: In hindsight, do you remember a formative moment that you became interested in ‘80s synth music?
JF:
“It all started with new wave, I was hit with it when I was 16. It was watching television at 4 in the morning and the video for the The Smiths’ “How soon is now?” came on. I was completely changed from that moment, I had no idea about ‘80s music. From there Siouxsie and the Banshees gave way to Pet Shop Boys, which gave way to more synth heavy music, and disco” Continue reading

Tango Charlie

Concert Listings: September 9-14

Tango Charlie

By Karen R.

Friday Sept. 9 You could see some of the same old guitar-driven indie rock tonight, and stand with with your arms appropriately crossed, Pabst Blue Ribbon in hand, perhaps nodding your head occasionally in accordance with hipster protocol, or you could give way to all of that  saying “fuck you derivation! I deserve  better!” and spend a night with French pop/ swing collective TangoCharlie, because linking arms and dancing around in circles Paris style beats the hell out of bored face. With Elektrisk Gonner + Onomatops at Le Divan Orange. 10 pm.

Meow Mix

Saturday  Sept. 10 There is a band from Bridgewater Mass. called Meow Mix. They have two songs on their myspace, one of which is a punk rock cover of the Meow Mix jingle, and the other a hard hitting breakbeat track that samples and loops the “all meow” version of the Meow Mix jingle. At first I thought to myself, “How in the hell did they manage to book a show at La Sala Rossa on a Saturday night? Am I actually going to drop dollar on this ridiculous gimmick to find out?” Well, the answer to that question was yes, until I realized that the Meow Mix going down at Sala is actually a queer slowdance party.  Probably for the best since curiosity killed the cat, but that second track is solid like white albacore.

Marissa Nadler

Sunday Sept. 11 It seems that every week there’s at least one folksy songstress playing somewhere in this town worth seeing, and this week it’s Marissa Nadler. She has one of those timeless and haunting voices it borders on spectral – like she’s harmonizing with her own ghost.  She’ll be playing La Sala Rossa with James Vincent McMorrow, one of the better acoustic singer songwriters I’ve heard in a long while. He’s like the sing you down a creek kind of good.

The Jim Jones Revue

Monday Sept. 12 London’s The Jim Jones Revue will be serving up some old school rock n’ roll with an edge Monday night with 60’s style fuzz rockers Kid Congo and the Moneybirds at Casa del Popolo. It’s classic cool updated.

Active Child

Tuesday Sept. 13 I cannot tell you how quickly and intensely you will fall in love with Pat Grossi’s latest musical endeavour Active Child. His synthy, spacey, harp heavy slow jams, soulful vocals and gripping beats will melt you at first listen. Pure. Magic. He’ll be playing with trancey electro new wave outfit Com Truise and hazy Devo meets 90’s R&B revivalists Chad Valley at Casa del Popolo Tuesday night. Don’t miss it for a wedding, don’t miss it for a funeral, don’t miss it for nothin’.

Mind That Bird

Wednesday Sept. 14 Wednesday looks like a relatively promising night of indie folk at Le Divan Orange with a quadruple bill featuring In Tall Buildings, Violet Rays, Glass Passenger, and Mind That Bird at Le Divan Orange. None of these bands is over the top, but it’s rare that you get a 4 on 4 of not awful, and hey, it’s better than eating your tapas in silence.