duchess says Anthologie des 3 Perchoirs (CD, £12.50)label: Alien8
Montreal’s Duchess Says fuses the fury and intensity of a punk rock comprised of screaming guitars, moaning bass and relentless drumming with keyboards and the explosively sexy stylings of vocalist Annie-C. There is something breathtakingly original about Duchess Says and one listen to this album will cement that impression. Duchess Says formed when longtime collaborators Annie-C Deschênes and Ishmael Tremblay relocated to Montreal from Québec City. Shortly after they enlisted the help of multi-instrumentalist Philippe Clément and then, in an attempt to bring more of a live, immediate sound to the trio, they added drummer Simon Besre. Despite the prior lack of a full-length release Duchess Says has become one of the poster bands of Montreal, having performed at most of the major festivals in their native Quebec as well as representing Montreal twice at the prestigious SXSW fest Montreal showcase. They have also performed alongside the likes of Depeche Mode, Sonic Youth, Juan Mclean, Dinosaur Jr. and Les Georges Leningrad. The album treats listeners to a mixture of punked-out electronic music that recalls the likes of Six Finger Satellite, whom they pay respects to with their blazing cover of “Rabies,” as well contemporaries Glass Candy and the Chromatics. Featured on this LP is the band’s live anthem “Black Flag” which has one of the most memorable choruses to come out of the genre and is sure to have even the stiffest of fans shaking like bacon. The record opens with “Teneu Non Neu” which, giving a great indication of the fever pitch intensity of the band, finds Annie-C producing one explosive auricular orgasm after another with the band in hot pursuit matching her intensity. Other cuts such as “A Century Old” and “I've Got the Flu” have been crowd favourites for some time are now captured on record.
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