Pas Chic Chic
Sur Les Écrans Statiques (Maze Discos)

Featuring a lovely collage cover blending the highly stylized 60’s with modernity’s do-it-yourself aesthetic, not to mention charged numbers— Pas Chic Chic obviously know a thing or two about first impressions.

Pas Chic Chic is a new Montreal group which will one day get a mammoth amount of attention, and deservedly so. The quartet’s first entry into the world-wide musical sphere is a 7" release titled “Sur les écrans statiques”; a blissful electro-charged ditty which displays a blanket of Farfisa, Mellotron and Maxi-Korg keys from the outer-limits of a psyched-out black and white screening.

Comprising of man-about-town Roger Tellier-Craig (best known for his duties within groups like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Le Fly Pan Am, Et Sans, Set Fire to Flames) on guitar, various keys and electronics, Marie-Douce St-Jacques on vocals and keyboards (Farfisa, Mellotron, Maxi-Korg), Eric Gingras on electric bass, and Eric Fillion on drums— the group’s foundation is drenched in the wonders of the 60’s French pop tradition, but then ears start to crack when effervescent keyboards and psychedelic guitars enter the fray.

Graced with dual vocals, delivered in whispfully dramatic fashion by Tellier-Craig and St-Jacques, not to mention a relentless rhythm punch, the only appropriate dance I can imagine for “Sur les écrans statiques” likely involves a steady shake-down and a pair of stylish 3-D sunglasses.

Judging from “Tes clichés déclenchés”, the single’s more acoustic B-side, the group has a modern edge and an awful lot more in common with earlier Broadcast (circa 2000’s ‘The Noise Made by People’) than with anything Paris actually provided during the 60s via France Gall, Francoise Hardy, or even Michel Polnareff.

(The group launched the single during a sold-out evening on October 21st at Casa del Popolo.)

Catch their next performance with The Fluorescents and E.S.P. Snake on Thursday November 30th at La Sala Rossa in Montreal.

Jay Jay Erickson