Purveyors of: Moog rock, post-punk science, and homemade religion. File next to: LCD Soundsystem, Liars, Erase Errata, Les Georges Leningrad Playing: Night Three of WL16, Saturday February 13 at The Garrison. Get tickets!
Duchess Says just destroyed the Dominion Tavern in Ottawa for the second edition of the Megaphono Festival, and Wavelength’s Jonny Dovercourt was there to witness it. The crowd was packed tightly at the front of the stage, so singer Annie-Claude Deschênes, who bears a striking resemblance to a Molotov cocktail, took the opportunity to wrap the audience in industrial-strength sandwich wrap. She then devoured them with a possessed, evil gaze. No one in the crowd was able to take their eyes off Annie-Claude the entire show, as she pivoted and enacted the band’s fierce, driving psych-punk with frenetic hand gestures. The Garrison will surely be sawdust after this hard-hitting and long-running Montreal crew makes their long-awaited Wavelength debut next Saturday (February 13) for Night Two of the #WL16 Festival. Jonny caught up with the band the morning after their Ottawa show to find out more about their forthcoming science-themed album and their devotion to their own invented religion, before they piled into the van, cackling madly.
Purveyor of: Classically-infused whimsy. File next to: Soundtrack to your greatest daydreams. Playing: Day Two of WL16, Saturday February 13 (afternoon show) at Markham House: City Building Lab. Get tickets!
Drawing on collaborations with the likes of Basia Bulat, Timber Timbre, Broken Social Scene and Feist, Merganzer is the pop electronic brainchild of uber-talented violin virtuoso Mika Posen. Christopher D'Arcy Wright ventures down the rabbit hole for a visit into Ms. Posen's dreamlike world.