Monday, February 4, 2013

Video Of The Week: Dead Messenger

 I've said it many times before, and I'll say it until it isn't true anymore: Dead Messenger are the best live band in Montréal, and it sounds like they've been able to harness and process the energy they display on stage into the studio this time around on their second album, Recharger, which will be released on February 19th (two weeks from tomorrow) at L'Escogriffe (Facebook event page here, I suggest you show up).

Not that the first record sounded bad in any way - produced by the legendary Jonathan Cummings and fiddled about by Jace Lasek, it was pleasing to the ears, an aural journey in power pop bliss; it just focused on the sound in my opinion, and not the intangibles that turn all Dead Messenger shows into sweaty dance parties, which kind of resemble the video for this song, Toothcomb - except a tad more crowded.

It's been a time of hardships for the Messengers, what with their hideout/work room The Pound (home of a few UnPop and Sébastian Hell shows over the years) closing down, guitarist/vocalist Ted Yates falling ill for the better part of 2011-2012, talk of disbanding... but they're back with a vengeance, and we're all better for it.

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