Une grande réussite. — Big Bang, Canada
… his work is a unique blend of rock, psychedelic, and contemporary music, plus a lot of imagination… — Montreal Mirror, Québec
Locomotive is a group directed by composer/guitarist André Duchesne sided here by guitarists Claude Fradette, Francis Grandmont and drummer Rémi Leclerc. Locomotive transgresses the sound of the now defunct group Les 4 Guitaristes de l’Apocalypso Bar.
Tightly knit together, these eighteen strings cut a fine figure and give it all they have. Each guitar has its own tone and the percussion is never short of effects, off-beat rhythms and punch. A dynamic quartet which plays an intelligent rock and knows how to temper its ardours. An authentic, explosive music machine, energetic and extra-sensorial.
Locomotive is an album on which the melodic rails, sustained by Duchesne’s fantastic tales, become entangled to syncopated rhythms and the freedom of improvisation.
Locomotive, a nice way to go off-track!
- Label: Ambiances Magnétiques
- AM 027_NUM / 1993
- UCC 771028102785
- Total duration: 58:01
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In the press
Guitarist André Duchesne has long been Canada’s premier exponent of rock-based new music, having helmed three line-ups of Conventum (1977-82), two generations of Les 4 Guitaristes de l’Apocalypso Bar, and now the guitar (plus drums) trio, Locomotive. Both second guitarist Claude Fredette and Miriodor drummer Remi Leclerc performed on the second 4 Guitaristes LP Fin de siècle, as well as on Duchesne’s large-ensemble concert work “L’Ou’l”, while guitarist/bassist Francis Grandmot is a new name to me. Continuing the tradition of Les 4 Guitaristes, Locomotive abounds with cascading, interlocking melodies, hot splayed leads and abbreviated, jaunty riffs, firmly anchored by Leclerc’s crisp, oblique backbeat. Never content to repeat himself, Duchesne has spiked the brew with an ingredient some might find indigestible: boxcar blues. Duchesne’s blues blanche vocals vary from the merely eccentric to the outright comic, while the juxtaposition of the clipped guitar riff from Archie Bell and the Drells’ Tighten Up against an over-the-top James Brown impersonation on Sex-Duction is clearly calculated for laughs. Fortunately, Duchesne’s freightyard musings disable only a few cuts, leaving room for plenty of the passionate, seemingly effortless fretwork and kinetic interplay that’s the highlight of his every undertaking.
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