(Mathieu Arsenault, Thomas B. Champagne, Pierre-Luc Simon)
A Stranger Voice (EP)
Label: No Weapon (Brooklyn, N.-Y.)
MONTREAL, JUNE 3RD 2014 – On June 17th, Montreal band Technical Kidman will be releasing a new EP titled A Stranger Voice on Brooklyn-based label No Weapon. A Stranger Voice will be available as 12” vinyl through the label’s website (noweapon.org) as well as in local independent records stores in limited quantities (Phonopolis, Atom Hearts, Cheap Thrills, Aux 33 tours, L’oblique). A Stranger Voice will also be available as digital download on Technical Kidman’s Bandcamp at technicalkidman.bandcamp.com. A Stranger Voice will be streamed exclusively on Noisey on June 10th, prior to the official release.
A Stranger Voice EP official launch will be at La Vitrola (4602 St-Laurent, Montréal) on Friday July 4th 2014 (doors open at 8 pm, show starts at 9 pm). Openers are Secret Secret Girl (Pascal Oliver et Beaver Sheppard) and Super Fossil Power (Tyler K. Rauman).
A Stranger Voice
A Stranger Voice offers a glimpse into the sonic intensity of Technical Kidman’s new horizon. A sound they have perfected throughout their many live performances since the launch of their first self-titled EP (Technical Kidman, 2011). The 3 songs on A Stranger Voice – A Stranger Voice, Without Fear, Fractions – attest of a deep aesthetical research made from tampered samples of 90s TV ads, dystopian synthesizers, as well as Pierre-Luc Simon’s powerful and precise drumming. These new songs darkly conduct the images of a personal quest for meaning facing the interlacement of our personal and mediated memories.
A Stranger Voice has been recorded by Alexis Aubin-Marchand at Studio Cadillac (additional recordings by François Zaïdan), mixed by Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes (Wolf Parade, Suuns, Young Galaxy) at Breakglass Studio and mastered by Ryan Morey at Grey Market Mastering. Artwork by Simon Loisir, photography by Janek Barb.
Since its start in Montreal in 2009, Technical Kidman has been characterized by its wild electronics as well as its raw energy (which intensity on stage has been stressed many times by many). Their creative process is a personal and aesthetical quest that was triggered by the rediscovering of 90s Quebecois TV advertisements found on old VHS tapes. The sampling of these vintage commercials became the medium for the songwriting while also informing the themes tackled by the songs themselves: our mediated relation to memory.
Technical Kidman perform shows regularly in Montreal: they have appeared many times at Pop Montreal Festival (headlined twice and opened act for Gang Gang Dance), performed at M for Montreal (2013), and opened act for Suuns’ album launch for Images du Futur (2013). The band played Canadian festivals Sled Island in Calgary (2013), NXNE & CMW in Toronto (2013), and Halifax Pop Explosion (2012). It also shined internationally by being part of Nouvelle Prague festival (Prague, Czech Republic, 2013) and Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, Iceland, 2012).
Besides the release of the EP A stranger Voice on June 17th and its official launch concert on July 4th, Technical Kidman will be performing on CKUT’s radio show Underground Sounds (June 16th), will be in concert twice at NXNE Festival in Toronto (one of them a showcase for Passovah) (June 18th & 19th) and will be performing at Sled Island Festival in Calgary right after (June 20th) where they will also be playing at Calgary’s campus radio (CJSW) Double Entendre Preserves and Sing Talk Play (June 21rst). Technical Kidman will also be in concert at the Meg Fest with Suuns and Seoul at SAT in Montreal (July 26th).
Release of A Stranger Voice EP
Tuesday June 17th 2014
A Stranger Voice EP Official launch
Friday July 4th 2014, 9 pm.
4602 St-Laurent blvd.
Montréal (QC) H2T 1R3
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For information and media contact:
Mathieu Arsenault, Technical Kidman