by Bill Pearis

Chocolat

Jimmy Hunt is well-known in Montreal and other Franco-speaking regions of Canada where his chanson-style folk, like on his 2010 self-titled solo debut, has made him quite popular. But he also plays more experimental music with his band Chocolat, who fall somewhere between Jacques Dutronc's garagey period and prog-psych. The band have toured the East Coast with Jay Reatard and have played Montreal shows with Black Lips. Chocolat's new album, Tss Tss, will be out next week (10/21) and is definitely more on the proggy side. While you might not understand the lyrics, the trip is universal. (Think Mercury Rev / Flaming Lips.) You can listen to the whole thing -- the album premieres in this post.

Chocolat are gearing up for a Canadian tour starting this weekend. No US shows, but all dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...

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Chocolat - 2014 Tour Dates
18/10/2014 - Cabaret de la Dernière Chance, Rouyn-Noranda #
23/10/2014 - La Vitrola, Montréal - LANCEMENT
30/10/2014 - Le Cercle, Québec - LANCEMENT $
01/11/2014 - Bistro Mouton Noir, Val-David
07/11/2014 - La Taverne, Saint-Casimir #
08/11/2014 - Boquébière, Sherbrooke #
28/11/2014 - Zaricot, Saint-Hyacinthe #
29/11/2014 - Brasserie Dunham, Dunham &
04/12/2014 - Piccolo Rialto, Montréal
05/12/2014 - Zénob, Trois-Rivières #
06/12/2014 - Le Sous-Bois, Chicoutimi #
13/12/2014 - Petit Chicago, Gatineau $
07/02/2015 - Trou du diable, Shawinigan &
10/04/2014 - L'Ouvre-Boîte Culture, Baie-Comeau
11/04/2015 - Coop Paradis, Rimouski
17/04/2015 - Chasse-Galerie, Lavaltrie
01/05/2015 - Le Naufrageur, Carleton-sur-Mer
02/05/2015 - Sea Shack, Sainte-Anne-Des-Monts

# w/ Corridor
$ w/ Jesuslesfilles
& w/ Heat