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by Bill Pearis

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PyPy, the Montreal underground supergroup fronted by Duchess Says' Annie-Claude and Red Mass/CPC Gangbangs' Choyce, release their debut album, Pagan Day, next week (2/11) via Slovenly / Black Gladiator. The album is manically schizo, darting from overblown Stooges-style punk to funky post-punk to crazed paranoid freakouts. It's a lot of fun, and pretty hook-filled too. We're premiering a stream of the entire album -- check it out below.

PyPy will also be embarking on their East Coast tour soon and they've added a few dates since our last post. In NYC, they'll also play Death by Audio on February 27 in addition to the previously announced Cake Shop show on Febraury 28. The DbA show also has Maica Mia, which features Mauro of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Cyanide Tooth.

Go see them if they're in a city near you -- Annie Claude is a pistol/troublemaker live, which is always makes for a good nervous time. All PyPy tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.

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by Bill Pearis

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February will see the release of Pagan Day, the debut album from PyPy, a Montreal underground supergroup of sorts with Choyce of Red Mass/CPC Gangbangs and Annie-Claude of Duchess Says, plus other members of both those bands. The album veers like a drunk driver from wild, speed-fueled acid rock to ESG style grooves -- and it's pretty unlike either of PyPy's parent bands. You can stream three tracks from Pagan Day below.

I caught PyPy at M for Montreal 2012 and wrote this:

The band formed when Duchess Says and Red Mass shared rehearsal space and some of each decided to jam, the band features both wild-eyed redhead Annie-Claude and Red Mass' Choyce on vocals/guitar, neither of whom shy from the spotlight. No surprise, Annie-Claude dominated the proceedings but here she's in relatively restrained mode, meaning she's still going crazy but not totally in-your-face...a blast to watch
PyPy will be touring in February, mostly in Canada, but they'll be in NYC on February 28 at Cake Shop. Perhaps they'll add another show while here?

Dates and streams are below...

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by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Red Mass - Saturn (MP3)

Red Mass @ La Sala Rossa - Nov 18, 2009
M For Montreal

I'm currently up here in Montreal getting ready for the fourth annual M for Montreal, a music festival/industry event mashup that showcases nearly 30 of the city's bands/artists who are ready, in the eyes and ears of festival organizers, to make the leap from a local act to the international stage. Or something like that. In for the fest are journalists, bloggers, talent bookers, concert promoters and music supervisors from around the world (well, mainly North America and Europe) ready to see what Montreal's got.

The action doesn't start proper Thursday tonight but we got an unofficial taste of Montreal Wednesday night at La Sala Rossa, a cool, medium-sized venue that's above a tapas restaurant. The crimson walls and velvet curtains of the club were a perfect backdrop for Red Mass who were having their record release party. Their first-ever gig was at last year's M for Montreal so this served as a one-year anniversary of sorts as well, not to mention being a record release party for their new EP on Semprini Records. You can download "Saturn" from that record at the top of this post. Cover art below.

Last year, there were about 10 folks in the band, including a dude who only wore a Speedo and gold paint. Red Mass have now slimmed to a lean, mean quartet, though a violinist and oboe player were brought out on a couple songs which is maybe not what you'd expect from a band whose sonic influences seem to be of the Stooges/Damned/Misfits variety. Frontman Choyce (late of CPC Gangbangs and a slew of other Montreal garage bands) clearly knows what he wants, no matter how many musicians are on stage. He also carries the whole color thing through -- appearing onstage first in a red cape and hat, and then later in a red smoking jacket; the keyboardist/percussionist had a cherry swath of makeup across the middle of his face. Red Mass tore through eight or nine songs in 20 minutes before taking a 15 minute beer break, returning for a second set of longer, dronier, noisier, weirder material. Good stuff.

Red Mass will make their NYC (and American) debut Friday, December 4 at the Live With Animals gallery (210 Kent, part of the Monster Island space) in Brooklyn, playing with Golden Triangle. I'm told they'll also play the next night too, venue TBD.

Red Mass weren't the only band on the bill at La Sala Rossa. We also got Dead Wife, a very young punk band who've also been together for about a year. All girls apart from their speed machine drummer. What they lacked in chops and songwriting (we're talking straight up shouty shambolic punk) they made up for with attitude. They definitely believe it.

A flyer from the show, a few more pictures and video of Red Mass performing "Saturn" are after the jump...

Continue reading "Red Mass played M For Montreal (where Bill is spending the weekend), playing NYC in December ++ new EP (MP3)"

by Bill Pearis

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Day one, Day two, Day three (Saturday)...The final day of M for Montreal featured two separate showcases. The closing night event, at the 2000-capicity Metropolis, featured the best of 2007's fest, including electropunks We Are Wolves and the Vegas-y, Franco-pop of Pierre Lapointe.

The daytime showcase was much more fun, held at the legendary Montreal punk/metal club Foufounes Électriques. Metal - steel, iron, aluminum - was everywhere, and the whole place seems to be welded together. Definitely the most rock n' roll venue of the festival. So, as you'd expect, we got two Franco Canadian hip hop groups, as well as easily the most chart-friendly act of the week. All good in their own way, just a bit of an odd juxtaposition.

Luckily, we also got Red Mass, who spit, pissed, shit and sweated rock n' roll. Certainly the most badass group to feature a clarinet player. Made up of members of infamous garage rock collective CPC Gangbangs, clad in crimson and about ten strong, Red Mass came off like a Brian Jonestown Massacre fueled by speed, The Sonics, MC5 and the Damned instead of the Velvets, Syd Barrett and narcotics. And instead of Joel Gion, Red Mass' percussionist wore only a Speedo and gold paint. King Khan and Mark Sultan (BBQ) are among those they list under "musicians & artists [that] have participated in the Mass".

"This is gonna be a bloody mess," singer Choyce told the crowd, though he obviously meant that as a positive. One guitarist stood on a speaker on one side of the stage, and the gold dude played cowbell and tambourine from the other. In the middle were crammed five or six on the tiny stage, with a few more standing on the floor. Did I mention this was their first-ever show? They barreled though about six songs and with so much onstage mayhem that I sort of felt punch-drunk by the end. It was the only performance of the week I wish had gone on longer.

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Red Mass guitarist Giselle Webber (who seems to be in every third band in Montreal) also made an appearance during Gatineau's set. I don't know this for sure, but I'm going to go out on a limb and declare them to be the only hip hop band to feature a harpsichord player. (A drummer is probably more common, if just at Showbiz Pizza.) Gatineau's self-titled album won Hip Hop Album of the Year at this year's GAMIQ awards. Didn't understand a word, yet...awesome.

Even less people understood fellow rappers Radio Radio who looked as if they jumped off the pages of Vice. The four-piece hail from Moncton, New Brunswick where the Chiac dialect, a mix of Acadian French and English, is spoken and is pretty much impenetrable to most of Canada. Whatever they were saying, it sounded good.

The other act of the afternoon was Colin Munroe who became a bit of a YouTube sensation with his cover of Kanye West's "I Want Those Flashing Lights." He writes his own stuff too, having made his album by himself in his bedroom or something. Munroe attempted to it all himself, playing drums and keyboards and singing, with a little help from a guitarist. Not really my thing, but he's clearly talented, and his radio-friendly pop that reminded me a bit of the New Radicals' Greg Alexander. If he doesn't make it as a solo artist, I have a feeling he's going to have a career as a songwriter. Look out Linda Perry!

More pictures and some videos below...

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DOWNLOAD: CPC Gangbangs - Teenage Crimewave (MP3)

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BrooklynVegan Mike featured Montreal punk band CPC Gangbangs in February, and I think tonight (Cake Shop) and tomorrow (Don Pedro's) are the first time they're playing NYC Since. All dates below...

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by BrooklynVegan Mike

DOWNLOAD: CPC Gangbangs - Teenage Crimewave (MP3)

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These four lads fuse garage rock and anarchic punk flare into short, riotous outbursts.

The usual suspects, proto-punk explorers like MC5, Stooges and Rocket From the Tombs, get the nod on songs like "Gone Black" and "Coke Blues," but CPC Gangbangs bring a new sense of heaviosity that tips the scales with Hawkwind-styled oscillations, obscure psychedelic references and even a nod to Goth gods Sister of Mercy on the unlikely album opener, "Jeff Starship." [Montreal Mirror]
It isn't groundbreaking, but CPC Gangbangs's energy and delivery make them an addictive group. They've built a name in Montreal the old fashioned way - constant shows and word of mouth. They have a devoted following and I believe they're poised to spread their name outward bound this year. Tour dates and a video below.....

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