Anthony Piazza's visual expressive approach involves real-time audio reactivity, live cameras, and triggered clips through layering as well as manual effects. Anthony has integrated a flexible hybrid performance setup, in which he experiments with immersive landscapes and live camera projections in real-time.
BARRY PAQUIN ROBERGE
Barry Paquin Roberge. The Penrose Triangle transposed into sounds. Substitute fuel for the P-Funk Mothership. Three egos impossible to summarize within the confines of reality, when united under one celestial plain. Metensomatosis of three parts of defunct Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors, BPR is known in nocturnal Montreal as one of the most torrid and eccentric bands of the underground scene.
THE BESNARD LAKES
The Montreal-based dream pop outfit The Besnard Lakes will leave us soaked in nostalgia with a live rendering of their first opus, Volume I, as well as a selection of songs from their critically acclaimed follow-up LPs. As per usual, they’ll be channeling their obsession with the paranormal through their well documented, fiery live assault, providing festival goers with psychedelic anthems!
CHRIS FORSYTH & THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND
PHILADELPHIe & NEW YORK
MONTREAL PREMIERE - Philadelphia-based guitarist/bandleader Chris Forsyth has released a string of acclaimed records of sprawling, widescreen guitar rock. He and his ensemble, The Solar Motel Band, has quickly developed a reputation as an incredible live act, provoking comparisons to visionary artists such as Television, Popol Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and Richard Thompson. The New York Times said of Forsyth’s music: ”full of tense and dramatic jamming… [evoking] aspects of Miles Davis’s electric period and various kinds of rock-beyond-rock”.
Corridor mixes up genres, borrows from krautrock, post-punk, and jangle-pop, but it's especially through incessant crate-digging that the foursome found their sound. With such a signature sound, Corridor has made waves in local and international festivals, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Allah Las, White Fence, Preoccupations, Chocolat, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and many more.
DESERT BLUES/WORLD PSYCH
Dunes is Jesse MacCormack and François Plante’s take on Northern Africa’s psychedelic treasure, Desert Blues. Through an uncanny ability to reinvent the genre, the geometrically shifting ensemble proposes a mercurial approach to rhythms as well as melodies, bringing in guest musicians and rendering a truly unique musical experience.
FRIGS is a Toronto-based band that pairs the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic post-punk of early Sonic Youth. With each member bringing a unique set of influences, FRIGS creates a sound that is hard to pin down and an impression that’s unshakable. Led by the force of Bria’s vocals, the band has earned a reputation for putting on a hypnotic and visceral live performance.
Futuristic tech-digital artist Fvckrender is a self-taught creative working out of Montreal. With a defining affinity for sharp architectural geometry, beaming future landscapes and brilliant crystalline arrangements, his renders pay a dark homage to what may eventually reflect our very existence.
IT IT ANITA
MONTREAL PREMIERE - Though It It Anita has its roots in 90s noise, the Liège, Belgium-based band transcends styles with a powerful and honest sound. Racket guitars and oppressive rhythms are a fixture during performances that take no prisoners, alternating between tense and loose atmospheres where brute force is intricately entangled with subtlety. Think of a clever hybrid between Metz, Sonic Youth, Fugazi and Pavement.
JANE & THE MAGIC BANANAS
Jane and the Magic Bananas’ Sam Shalabi and Alex St-Onge were among the building blocks for Montreal’s Mile-End cultural scene in the 90s, pushing musique actuelle, psychedelia, rock, noise and international sounds onto the artsy masses. Michel F Côté is a regular on avant-garde label Ambiances Magnétiques and a prolific composer/multi-instrumentalist, delving into theatre more often than not. Together, the Bananas offer up what Rolling Stone magazine summed up as “powerful and weird musical interactions, and a continuous three-dimensional stream of medieval consciousness”.
LYDIA LUNCH RETROVIRUS -
MONTREAL PREMIERE - No wave icon Lydia Lunch comes to town for the first time in almost 10 years, flanked by Retrovirus (members of Swans, Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, etc.), a collective that includes Weasel Walter, Bob Bert and Tim Dahl. They’ll be performing a wide range of songs, following the NYC multidisciplinary artist’s epic journey that yielded 40 years of legendary subversive creations alongside the likes of Nick Cave, Alan Vega and Einstürzende Neubauten.
MONTREAL PREMIERE - Make-Overs are a one-of-a-kind partnership between two angry redheads hailing from Kilnerpark, a bleak industrial suburb of Pretoria, South Africa. Formed in 2010 by Martinique Pelser (vocals & drums) and Andreas Schonfield (vocals & guitar), this fiery duo has set the South African music scene ablaze with their frenetic stage presence, leaving the audience with an acute cutthroat feeling.
Through possessed onstage performances and their uncanny melodic sense, Les Marinellis have been standouts in the garage scene for almost 10 years, which saw them released on labels such as Burger Records and P. Trash. Following a 2016 year that saw them tour Europe as well as open for the likes of The Oh Sees and The Black Lips, they took a creative sabbatical in 2017 and will be releasing a maxi single on Burger Records at DISTORSION as a result.
SPACE ROCK / GLAM
Moonwalks are a weird dark psych space rock outfit based out of Detroit, MI. Hailing from Motor City's DIY scene, the band played in warehouses and makeshift venues across the city. Since then, Moonwalks have toured extensively throughout North America and the Old Continent, as well as opened for notable acts such as Thee Oh Sees, Metric, Kikagaku Moyo, Wand, and LA Witch. They’re coming to DISTORSION fresh off U.S. and European tours, armed with their brand new LP, In Light (The Scales In The Frame), on Stolen Body Records.
A DIY rock'n'roll machine surfing on grease, as sweaty and motley as his self-drawn album covers, Paul Jacobs runs on day-glo slickness and creative frenzy (with six albums and a slew of EPs and singles in only three years, his floodgates are fully open). The native of Windsor, Ontario, now established in Montreal, epitomizes the new garage sound. He has shared stages with PyPy, Demon's Claws, and the Marinellis, spewing out savagely catchy songs while beer and other bodily fluids flow freely through the crowd.
With the release of their third album Mon herbier du monde entier, Ponctuation, once a garage duo, now counts four members. Uniting musicians from Chocolat, IDALG and Les Breastfeeders, the band’s new lineup integrates elements of progressive rock in Guillaume Chiasson’s psychedelic golden age-infused songwriting.
Roy Vucino (Pypy, CPC Gangbangs, Les Sexareenos, etc.) has been busy as of late, creating a vast array of music, collaborating with the likes of Mac Demarco, Mike Watt, King Khan & BBQ, touring with Duchess Says while also appearing on Fubar’s new TV series, Age of Computer. Still, Vucino, a.k.a. Choyce a.k.a. The Warden, has managed to write a new album (produced by Mingo l’Indien) for his main project, Red Mass, due later this year. The proto-punk band offers a first glimpse of its new endeavours with a first concert in over a year and a brand new 7”, Rat Race.
Spaceface is led by Jake Ingalls, guitarist and keyboardist for The Flaming Lips. The experience reflects that influence, as it works to bring the concert grade experience to a club level thanks to a DIY light rig and other theatrical elements. Spaceface's music offers a refreshing approach on psychedelic rock, with transparent '70s references, but also strikingly modern elements that make this trick something to behold. Their new record, Sun Kids, is hazy, elegantly composed psychedelic pop music.
This instrumental combo from Brooklyn/Queens bombards audiences with absorbing, oblique breaths. Their sparse and sophisticated riffs lie at the chaotic intersection of punk, jazz, and psych. Their kinetic, dreamlike pieces are in constant metamorphosis, opening the cosmic gates, both inward and outward. Their first album, Sunwatchers, was released on the formidable Castle Face label by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, while their latest opus, “II” (Trouble In Mind Records), has critics raving.
EP LAUNCH - Bringing together musicians from projects such as Pawa Up First, Patrick Watson, Sonido Pesao and Gypsy Kumbia, TEKE TEKE was first an homage to legendary Japanese guitarist Takeshi ‘Terry’ Terauchi. While keeping their J-Rock roots, TEKE TEKE has quickly evolved into a band of its own by blending Eleki with elements of modern music such as shoegaze, post-rock and noise. DISTORSION will host the launch of Jikaku, a debut EP that encompasses both their live acumen and intricate songwriting.
Pampered to Sonic Youth, the Riot grrrl movement’s many icons (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), inspired by 90s noise and picking at Lizzy Mercier Descloux’ legacy, these three deliver angst, casting a punk breath on ordinary entertainment. VICTIME is also very much three minds moving striving towards a collective objective. Following up on their first EP, Mon VR de Rêve (Michel Records), the band is back with a brand spanking new full length, La Femme Taupe.
NEW YORK/TEL AVIV
ALBUM LAUNCH - Psych jazz guru Yonatan Gat (Monotonix) is back to dismantle our subconscious musical vagaries with a brand new LP, Universalists, due May 4 on Joyful Noise Recordings. Montrealers can hear the album live for the first time during DISTORSION as the Village Voice proclaimed “best guitarist in New-York” brings his improv-based musical concoctions to Eglise du Mile-End.