Thursday, February 17, 2011

newmusicmonday #80:: Final Flash

image:: Jérome Suard, MySpace

Genrealt indie rock
MembersJoey C. Chaperon:: vocals
Mathieu Bourret:: organ, piano
Alexandre Girard:: guitar, vocals
Andre Bendahan:: bass.  
Maxime Hebert: drums.
BaseMontréal, QC, Canada
Upcoming Tour Dates18 February:: Grand Théâtre de Québec Québec, QC 19h
19 February:: Le Zaricot Saint-Hyacinthe, QC 20h
26 February:: Le Mouton Noir Val David, QC 19h

Final Flash is a Montréal band serving up "psychedelic folk rock". The band released their début album, "Homeless" [streams avail], last summer on Montréal's Indica Records. The album was produced by Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes {NMM#30}This review says the album is too mellow to fit any of the labels of psychedelic/folk/rock. It goes on to call the album what's tantamount to an adequate "suburban" record. That's a bit too harsh, in my opinion. The album is mellow in places and Chart Attack characterizes their music as murky, which I can see, but there are definitely standout tracks. I think the band shines when it embraces their pop sensibilities and goes uptempo, which are my biases. Characteristic of this are songs like "Go Outside"::

and "Welcome to the House on Fire"::

I must admit I have a sense that something's being lost in the studio. The track on the album have a certain polish, but I'm more of a fan of their live performances. Here's a live version of "Welcome to the House on Fire" from Divan Orange::

I'll leave you with a live version of "When the Sky Turns Black" from a show here in Toronto at the Horseshoe::

I think this is a band to watch. They have several upcoming shows in Québec {see above}.

Twitterversion:: [blog+videos] belated #newmusicmonday featuring "psychedelic folk rock" of Final Flash from #Montreal. @Prof_K

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