Pioneers Kazu Makino, Simone and Amedeo Pace wanted to live through Misery Is A Butterfly, a record that would change everything for them and for their fans. For the occasion, they were gracefully backed-up by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) string quintet. It was a surprising move from the band and turns out, a great one at that.
Blonde Redhead is a band that needs no introduction. This is a show that doesn’t need a review. But it’s good to talk about it.
Some cult following, result of cutting-edge, deviceful music did not happen overnight. It grows through years, efforts, releases, vision, experimentation and trials. When a breakthrough album comes along, is it because because the generators mind cracked wide-open and the genius successfully synthesized, or is it that the sound is in-tune with time, catching up with the audience ? What, and how did they do it, what did we hear ? It is conclusive to revisit the past, especially when dwelling on is not an option. Then if chaotic melancholic pop makes sense through string arrangements, it is right and circumspect.
There is a enjoyment to hear live something you know so well, even more when it’s unliven, rendered differently from the original. Familiarity is a safe space, it defeats confusion. Then, you can choose to forget about everything that could go wrong even for an hour. So I did, despite all imperfections.
About Christelle Saint-Julien
Professional writer and translator based in Montreal, Christelle compiles projects on project such as brainchild Naked Underground Montreal, literary collective Le Shindig, music, arts and sharing her passion for local culture.