Bio & Press
It was amidst a dizzying flurry of questions on the nature of time that the third opus by Les Breastfeeders, Dans la gueule des jours, came into being. Available since March 2011 via Blow The Fuse, the album grafts philosophical inquiry onto a backdrop of hard-hitting rock’n’roll. The band has envisioned the 13 tracks as tableaux representing each of them in the face of temporality, a concept developed by humans that brings with it a great many questions – is time a fabrication of the mind, or is it intrinsic to nature? Here we have a pulsating rock album laced through with an elaborate and expanding idea; an album in which, as always, Les Breastfeeders shuffle the deck of their influences in an attempt to distance themselves from the clichés that bedevil certain musical genres.
Dans la gueule des jours has, beneath an avalanche of decibels, a strikingly literary lyrical content. Written for the most part in the early morning, the album’s lyrics comprise a joyous and poignant hymn to the idea of time unfurling and slipping through one’s fingers. Through a kind of nocturnal poetry, longing for the sun, Les Breastfeeders transport their listeners to a world of images. The band is again pushing the limits of their rock/pop hybrid, not hesitating to slow the tempo down and bring in a 4-piece string ensemble; to chop up a song’s rhythm with the help of a South American marimba virtuoso; to tack on a chorus of savage-sounding children’s cries to a fuzzy squall of guitars or to drift away in a daydream with the gentle lull of carnival organs. While remaining faithful to their raw and primitive guitar sound, never before have they brought forth such varied textures from their 6-strings – a rock’n’roll stomp linking up with the beautiful frenzy of the more mellow passages in a sky of ether and fire! Worth noting is the collaboration of Etienne Charry - co-founder with Michel Gondry, Gilles Chapat and Nicolas Dufournet of the late ‘80s pop-rock group Oui Oui – who wrote one of the songs on the album, Manteau de Froid. The album, loaded with pretty vocal harmonies and catchy choruses, was recorded at the Stock Market in Montreal and produced by Joseph Donovan, Adrian Popovich and Les Breastfeeders themselves.
Dans la gueule des jours just might be the most joyous and danceable Breastfeeders album yet!
Since 1999, Les Breastfeeders have been mostly known for their explosive performances. This Montreal-based rock monster has proved that rock’n’roll is still up and alive, charming critics and public alike with their albums Déjeuner sur l’herbe (2004), Les matins de grands soirs (2006), which was also released in France and most recently with their album Dans la gueule des jours (2011).
On top of playing over 350 shows in Canada, USA and Europe, including performances at numerous international events, the band has also won the Prix Miroir de l’Artiste d’ici at the Festival d’été de Québec (2005) and their song Angle mort took home the Chanson Primée award handed out by the SOCAN (2003). More recently, Les Breastfeeders were nominated at ADISQ 2011 for Album Rock de l’Année and won the GAMIQ Award for Album Rock’n’Roll de l’Année as well as receiving a nomination in the Show of the Year category.