Duchess Says (CAN)
Montreal's Duchess Says have delivered a lethal does of antagonistic synth-punk in the form of "I Repeat Myself", it follows on from their first single "Negative Thoughts" and both are taken from their forthcoming LP, Sciences Nouvelles, out October 14 via Slovenly Recordings.
Recorded in their newly built Montreal studio, "I Repeat Myself" is an example of the LP's tightly-wound, goth-influenced synth-punk. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Annie-Claude Deschênes delivers a ferocious performance over a frenetic analog synth arrangement that's indebted to the aesthetics of Devo’s primordial new-wave, DAF’s esoteric electronics, and the anarchic no-wave of Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. According to Deschênes, the song was an attempt to address a feeling of personal stagnation and a sense that repetition is an unavoidable and inevitable feature in life.
Formed in 2003, Duchess Says have been shock-and-awe-ing crowds for over ten years, playing their own witch’s brew of intense, punk-fueled moog rock with the same reckless abandon you’d expect from a band playing their first bar show. Their elaborate and exuberant live performances, have seen them share the stage with the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ariel Pink, The Black Lips and The Buzzcocks, while they've have unleashed a number of self-serving pagan soirees including Primavera Sound, Sled Island, Festival d’été de Québec, SXSW and CMJ.
Duchess Says’ influences range from no wave, new wave and punk, to cinema and the visual arts. Their penchant for blending dance music and aggression works well and makes them comparable to other acts such as Devo, Fucked Up and DAF.
When speaking of what to expect from the album, the band notes "that all songs on the album had been verified, refuted, and validated to ensure that they don’t repeat themselves."
AUGUST 16, 2016
DUCHESS SAYS SHARE NEW SINGLE "I REPEAT MYSELF", NEW ALBUM OUT OCT
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