Domestic Crisis Group | The Breaks

The Domestic Crisis Group’s song ‘The Breaks’ could well be the anthem for millions of us as we struggle to deal with a failing economy while trying to swim upstream in a world that seems to have gotten much more rugged.

‘The Breaks’ is a short stunning folk-rock-pop song with memorable lyrics and a tune that gets stuck in your head. The video is wonderful – and not just because it was shot almost entirely in and around neighbouring Coaticook QC – but because it’s gentle, touching and features some of the locals in great cameo appearances.

I can’t get enough of this song or the video [produced by Michèle Gauthier]. Both speak to me. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think so.

The Domestic Crisis Group is Genevieve Blouin and Dane Ratliff. When they met in Montreal in 2008, Blouin was working at a corporate PR firm, and Ratliff [from Texas] was an environmental lawyer who’d just relocated to Canada from Europe. Both had well-honed songwriting and musical skills – Ratliff, a classically trained guitarist who’d penned a local hit in Texas and Blouin was a singer who’d worked with the likes of Gordon Raphael (The Strokes) and James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins).

Their ‘Two Tired Hearts’ EP was released on August 24 2010 and their latest album ‘Song for a Winter’s Night’ was released on July 1 2011.

Oct 15 Alpha Soul Cafe, Ottawa ON
Oct 28 Cagibi, Montreal QC

Here’s the vid in HD

The Domestic Crisis Group – The Breaks from Michèle Gauthier on Vimeo.

Monogrenade | Ce Soir

Montreal-based Monogrenade’s tune ‘Ce Soir’ is a beautiful pop-meets-roots tune en francais – but, you don’t need to understand french to appreciate the beauty of the music. The stop-motion video for ‘Ce Soir’ produced by Christophe Collette is fairly mindblowing, too.

Monogrenade is Marianne Houle, François Lessard, Mathieu Collette and Jean-Michel Pigeon. They released their first EP ‘Le saveur des fruits’ in 2009 to critical acclaim in Quebec. In 2010, the band signed with Bonsound Records and took third place in Les Francouvertes. They are currently touring in support of their first full-length album ‘Tantale’ which was released on March 1, 2011.

Oct 13 Le Cercle, Quebec QC
Oct 14 La Maison de la Culture de Waterloo, Waterloo QC
Oct 22 le divan du monde, Paris France
Oct 27 la coopérative de Mai, Clermont Ferrand France
Nov 5 Mouton Noir, Val David QC
Nov 23 Cabaret La Tulipe, Montreal QC
Dec 1 Le Museum Café, Rennes France
Dec 3 La Rodia, Besançon France
Dec 6 Foyer Georges Brassens/ Place Roger Salengro, Beaucourt France
Dec 7 Hotel Vogue, Dijon France