Entries tagged with: Les Breastfeeders
Florence / Dum Dum Girls / the scene, Osheaga Fest 8/03/2012
"I can't believe we walked the whole thing."
This was the opening of an e-mail Saturday morning from my friend, the Montreal based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk. Day 1 of Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (8/3) was in the books and instead of joining the crush of people all trying to get into the Metro, we opted to walk with a much smaller group of people from Parc Jean-Drapeau, the festival's home, over the closed-off Jacques Cartier Bridge back to the Mile End.
"You know," Leif's e-mail continued, "we could've all just waited for the subway, but then we might have been accused of being reasonable."
What came before the trek from the island to the mainland was a hot, dusty, sweaty blur of music and dancing and a sold-out crowd determined to pull every ounce of enjoyment from their day out.
The highlight for me on Day 1 was always going to be Sigur Ros, who I'd seen just a days before in Philadelphia. Sure, Justice may have been the official headliner on the day, but the Icelandic band, even restricted to their one-hour time slot, felt like the real headliner and reduced the electronic duo and their glorified DJ booth to the equivalent of an afterparty.
Earlier in the day, The Walkmen featured Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes on bass and guitar and Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men packed the field at the Scene Verte stage on the other end of the park for their mid-day set.
The Dum Dum Girls set was delayed with sound issues and once they got going the tech guys spent most of their set running back and forth across the stage adjusting and fixing gear. It was the beginning of a trouble-filled weekend at the Scene des Arbres stage where delays were constant and, on Day 3, Zola Jesus' set was controversially cut short as thunderstorms rolled through. (Festival officials shut her set down just as the worst of the storm had passed.) She took to Facebook to voice her frustration (though what happened in Montreal was nothing compared to what went down at Lollapalooza in Chicago the same weekend).
Gary Clark, Jr. impressed over at the Scene Verte as his loud, fuzzy guitar riffs conjured dancing girls and good vibes.
Along with a beautiful set from Florence and the Machine and a raucous end-of-the-night set from Montreal's Les Breastfeeders, it was a great start to the festival.
Stay tuned for more on Day 2 and 3. More Osheaga Day 1 photos are below.
We just posted about Austra who's coming back to North America (including 9/19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg) after a tour of Europe. She's also one of many artists playing the 2012 Osheaga Festival in Montreal which happens August 3 - 5. Tickets are still available for the three-day event.
In addition to Austra, Osheaga plays host to The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Justice, Metric (who play Radio City Music Hall soon), Sigur Ros (who play Prospect Park and are streaming their new LP), Florence & The Machine (who plays Jones Beach this summer), The Weeknd, Passion Pit (who play Governor's Ball soon), The Jesus & Mary Chain, MGMT, Santigold (who just played Irving), Zola Jesus (who just played the Guggenheim) and many many more.
Full Osheaga lineup is below.
Les Breastfeeders @ Magnetic Field (more)
today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* Sic Alps @ Union Pool
* Meth Teeth @ Don Pedro's
* Les Breastfeeders @ Europa
* Peasant @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Santogold, Diplo & A-Trak @ Summerstage
* Celebration @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (free)
* Liars, Fuck Buttons & Team Robespierre @ McCarren Pool
* Cavalera Conspiracy & Dilinger Escape Plan @ Irving Plaza
* Golem, The Sway Machinery, Michael Showalter, DeLeon & Soulico @ Prospect Park
Siren Festival and other weekend show coverage coming soon.
Sunday night before Mudderfugger I was able to catch the Les Breastfeeders show at Magnetic Field in Brooklyn (May 27, 2007). Like Malajube, Les Breastfeeders are from Montreal and only sing in French. And like Malajube, they mostly only SPEAK in French too. That always makes for some funny - unintentionally or not - between song banter. This time was no exception.
As MOKB points out, "It's guitar heavy garage rock full of shout-heavy choruses. It's high energy, catchy (even if sung in French) and loads of fun." That is true of their live show too.
Actually, partly thanks to the guy with no shirt and the tambourine, the live show is even more fun....
DOWNLOAD: Les Breastfeeders - Viens Avec Moi (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Les Breastfeeders - Tout va pour le mieux dans le pire des mondes (MP3)
Well dressed group making garage-inflected power pop, Les Breastfeeders are part of a growing number of French-language Montreal bands that are making a name outside of the city. Imagine The Banana Splits covering The Kinks.Here they come....
Les Breastfeeders - 2007 Tour Dates
May 24: Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's (tix)
May 25: New York, NY @ Orchard Bar (The Musebox and Paper TV party)
May 26: Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
May 27: Brooklyn, NY @ Magnetic Field
International tour dates below.....