…And you will know us by the trail of dead
PROG rock / punk
Formed in late 1994 in Austin, TX by singers/guitarists/drummers Conrad Keely and Jason Reece, Trail of Dead has evolved over the years, expanding their line-up while still being creatively driven by the core-founding members. We are honoured to welcome them as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their post-hardcore classic Madonna.
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.
Montreal’s Atsuko Chiba fearlessly cross genre-defining borders with a unique blend of progressive, psychedelic, post-rock, funk, and krautrock. Atsuko Chiba will be launching their second full-length, Trace, at this year’s edition of Distorsion. We expect a unique performance, packed with nimbly performed rhythms, angular riffs and effect heavy sounds triggering live projections as they present their new material for the first time in Montreal.
Born out of the core of two of Montreal’s beloved outfits (Patrick Watson and The Barr Brothers), Black Legary is a rhythm section that has broken away from the sidelines and put itself front-and-centre. Comprised of bass players Mishka Stein and Morgan Moore, and drummer Robbie Kuster, this three-headed frontman-beast sits comfortably outside the box, sticking out of any crowd. Their latest album, Silurian Memorii (2018) is filled with insanely catchy prog pop that is fresh, wild and limitless. What’s more, their blend of eccentric hooks and uncanny musicianship translates just as well on stage as it does on speakers.
Bleu Nuit are one of the latest bands from Montreal to keep an eye on. Since 2017 these four post-punkers have been creating soundscapes that are at once “psychedelically dreamy” and raucously energetic. With their first full-length album set “Le jardin des mémoires” (produced by Malajube’s Julien Mineau) just released, they will be one ferocious discovery not to miss in this year festival.
Local juggernauts Les Breastfeeders are back with a new single as well as a new lineup. They've toured across Europe as well as some of the biggest cities in North America, blasting their unique percussive brand of garage rock with moxy, verve and defiance. Distorsion shall be ready.
Created in a lab, hoping to achieve “normal music”, Crabe redefines with each note, the very definition of: “Normal”. The Montreal duo’s creations abound, each with their own unique touch and concerts come in plenty, but never cease to amaze (Les Francouvertes approve this message). Needless to say, these Uzeb fanatics are cooking something singular for Distorsion.
PSYCH ROCK / WORLD / PSYCH POP
Formed in Montreal in 2009, Elephant Stone is the brainchild of vocalist, bassist, songwriter, and sitar player, Rishi Dhir, which has recorded, performed, and toured with psych icons The Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Horrors extensively throughout North America and Europe. He’ll be presenting new material at DISTORSION after a creative break dedicated to MIEN.
SHOEGAZE / PSYCH
LOS ANGELES, US
CANADIAN PREMIERE - Film School was formed in 1998 by lead singer Greg Bertens. He started the project with members of Fuck and Pavement. In its new incarnation, the San Francisco quintet is known for their shoegaze-induced melodic sound. Their spring 2019 tour in support of their latest album, Bright To Death, takes them to Distorsion, to the delight of dream pop aficionados.
CANADIAN PREMIERE - Geoffroy Laporte’s Jessica93 carved out an iconic status for himself in the French DIY underground. “The best one-man band in France” has become a real band with Guilty Species (2017), and his mix of grunge shoegaze and cold-wave has become even more immediate, nervous and disillusioned. The group presents the most interesting phase of its journey to date: ardent, limpid, relieved of all digression and carried by compositions with toxic melodies and ferocious grace. A Montreal premiere at DISTORSION!
Kitana is the avatar for the VJ and visual artist Charlotte Risch. Her approach and interest for non conventional medias brings her to collaborate with all kinds of artists, and mixes techniques to create unique aesthetics in relashionship with music.
klaus johann grobe
kraut / new wave / disco
Perhaps one can say that disco freethinkers throw melancholic slogans onto the dance floor. Or a synth organ,drums and a bass try to say what many don’t understand. Or poetry before prose. Or dance before music. Or the things of yesterday in the spirit of tomorrow. Or everything’s opposite. Everything is Klaus Johann Grobe. Everything is duo. Everything is modern. And everything is now.
laurance-anne n nao
On her first album Première Apparition, Laurence-Anne deploys floral melodies anchoring carnivorous lyrics, into a luxuriant universe with arrangements akin a tropical grove. With À jamais pour toujours, N Nao offers a soundscape where space and complexity, lyrical wisdom and instrumental delirium, coexist harmoniously. For Distorsion, the two musicians propose a mixed selection from their repertoires for a unique performance.
Skillfully led by Gaelle Cordeau, Léonie Dishaw et Marilou Turgeon, garage psych group Lemongrab stand out with their disarming live presence and an uncanny knack for writing catchy earworms. It doesn’t Sound Good But It Feels Awesome, their first album, sees the band deliver a barrage of tempestuous yet nostalgic anthems.
post-punk / glam
The post-punk songs of Material Girls are like ballistic missiles whose warheads would have been filled with bubblegum. The queer band out of Atlanta has exactly that effect on crowds that come see them shred their contagious rhythms until all that is left is a pile of ashes in their tracks as proof of their passage.
Even though the Mexican bordertown of Tijuana has a stigmatized history, it has managed to produce many vibrant and unique artists. None are quite like Mint Field. Comprised of 21-year-olds Estrella Sanchez (vocals & guitar) and Amor Amezcua (drums & synths), Mint Field’s sound is organic, spacious, and inhabited by specters that lurk behind rhythms, where Estrella’s angelic voice evokes a supernatural world of beauty and melancholy.
experimental pop / ELECTRo-DANCE
Petra Glynt is a Montreal electro-dance-punk artist who released her second album last September. The singer and producer, endowed with frankly impressive vocal attributes, is a ceremonial mistress, both present and absent, elusive, inside this baroque and bushy world - time-outs are more than rare - that she shapes. hacks, a little coldwave (I'm Watching You), a little euroclash. There is Grimes (Legacy) in there, but also a bit of Montreal in percussion. Ms. Glynt is like a Kate Bush of the Internet era: a mysterious vibrato siren. Except that it talks about the Flint water crisis and the #MeToo movement. On the dance floor.
Saudade is the new electronic project of Nela Paki and Marilou Lyonnais Archambault. Their ambient dub sails the firmament where all that is left is the glimmer of a Scorpio Moon on the ghostly shapes of dusk. They will be providing gloomy experimentations during the festival’s kickoff at the vernissage of the Chromaesthesia exposition.
electro / art-punk
Recognized worldwide for its dark and obsessive art-punk, Suuns is born in Montreal in 2007. It is his fourth album, Felt, that the group will come to defend on the DISTORSION stage; a homecoming after a one-year world tour. The band continues to evolve in stylistically troubled areas, between rock and avant-garde, between instrumental and electronic, between noise and consonant music, and its performances are always multi-sensory experiences of unforgettable trance..
VJ/ VISUAL ARTIST
Passionate about digital visual arts, the Montrealer Vincent Noël aka. VINO is expected to do procedural VJ performance. VINO program the majority of its visuals with software known as TouchDesigner. His style is colorful and extravagant, in addition to moving in 3D space! After doing a Bachelor degree in Interactive Medias at UQAM and having been a technology technician in the Quartier des Spectacles of Montreal, he is now working full time on artistic projects, including stage design, interactive visual creation, mapping, and more.
celestial POP / SPACE ROCK
LOS ANGELES, US
The intriguing history of harmonious pop music imbued in Vinyl Williams's fourth LP, Opal, is finally coming to the conscious surface in the warped form of a celestial hyper-coaster, combining sunshine pop, afrobeat, and progressive rock into a dense emanation of sonic optics. The California native has attuned his sound palette to the cosmic quintessence – opalescent tones that harmonize chaos, synchronizing a global family of celestial harmonies into a macrocosmic epicenter.
Whoop-Szo present a rare blend of heavy music and fragile anthems which ranges from folk to sludge. The band, whose members call Guelph and London home, offers an experimental therapy born out of sheer love for their native community. Their stage presence mirrors with agility their unique vocation and transgresses the rules of rock without losing its conviction.
Zouz is a Montreal-based trio consisting of David Marchand, Francis Ledoux et Étienne Dupré. Their music juggles elements of prog and grunge and drips with thick layers of fuzz. Their “abrupt and disproportioned” brand of rock is providing the francophone rock scene with a breath of fresh air thanks to their audacious music and impetuous performances.