M on the [virtual] road @ SXSW Online 2021

LA SACRED MOUNTAIN : Choses Sauvages // No Joy // Paupière // Teke :: Teke

The Montreal festival-conference marks a 15-year collaboration with SXSW by presenting, in partnership with BrooklynVegan, an official virtual showcase where film, music and visual arts meet. 

After the experience of the 2020 digital edition, last November, where M for Montreal recreated modern 60s and 90s style TV studios musical performances, the event is back, as part of SXSW Online 2021, with a strong audiovisual concept: La Sacred Mountain. The project features Choses Sauvages, No JoyPaupière and TEKE :: TEKE, and evokes symbols of the current pandemic, the strange fantasy universe of the film The Holy Mountain by artist and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Montreal’s own iconic sacred mountain, Mount Royal. 

With this official showcase, presented in the music component of SXSW Online, on Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m. (CDT), on Channel 2 — and simultaneously in their immersive 3D platform at The Mohawk  M for Montreal, present for a fifteenth consecutive year at the essential Austin conference, reaffirms its willingness to maintain its mission to export Quebec music in all its diversity, despite the critical global health context, in a television-quality audiovisual production.  

Presented in collaboration with BrooklynVeganthe online performance is directed by Montreal video and documentary filmmaker Philémon Crête and produced by Parce Que Films in collaboration with artistic directors Pestacle and an elite technical team. This event will fire imagination with its stunning aesthetics, in opposition to the current hyper-virtualization of content, and with the exceptional performances of the four artists: the powerful groove/art rock quintet Choses Sauvages, who present new material; the experienced and well-established No Joy, in an unusual shoegaze solo formula; the electro-pop duo Paupière, with exclusive songs from their highly anticipated new album; and the explosive Japanese psych rock collective TEKE :: TEKE, newly signed to the American cult label Kill Rock Stars. 

La Sacred Mountain will be presented in its entirety and free of charge to the general public next spring. Details of the event to be announced in March. 

Choses Sauvages

Choses Sauvages continues to wreak havoc on stage, giving more biting, sometimes punk, vigor to his songs. With more than thirty shows in 2019, including one sold-out at Club Soda, several opening act for Half Moon Run, not to mention a pan-Quebec tour with Foreign Diplomats, the quintet continues its journey with the idea in mind. to always surprise his fans. As proof: his two most recent songs, Apophis – a nine-minute disco bombshell tailored to dance floors – as well as L’Or et Argent – his most rock song to date – bring the sound of Things Wild elsewhere, much closer to the explosive live experience.

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No Joy

No Joy’s relentless sonic permutations are evidence of frontperson and principal songwriter Jasamine White-Gluz’s insatiable desire to grow. For No Joy’s first full length in five years, Motherhood, she produced an album that is not a departure from No Joy’s early shoegaze, but a stylistically omnivorous expansion that ekes into trip hop, trance and nu-metal.

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Paupière is a glamorous and flamboyant duo, with an underground sensuality, that is known for its lively and explosive stage performances. Their sound lives between pop structures and electronic pulses and produces haunting rhythms. Their second album, Le retour de Saturne will be released in March 2021.

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TEKE::TEKE began as an homage to legendary Japanese guitarist Takeshi “Terry” Terauchi. Composed of musicians from well-known Montreal bands (Pawa Up First, Patrick Watson, Boogat, Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra), the band quickly came into its own by blending Japanese Eleki surf-rock with elements of modern music that include shoegaze, post-punk, and psych rock, as well as Latin and Balkan influences. They use standard rock gear alongside traditional Japanese instruments (shinobu flute, shamisen, taisho koto) to take a fresh look at the rising electric future.

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