Tuesday, December 8, 2009

40 Heads are better than 4

Montreal has been a hotbed for experimental music, pretty much since the dawn of musical time (read: 1940s). The European vibe which the city carries seems to attract a variety of creatives and beyond that, encourage them to go one step further. It's situations like this which give birth to bands like Red Mass.

Formed by Choyce Vucino of CPC Gangbangs, Red Mass, from it's inception, was intended to be a collective of music. The current roster puts the band between 30 and 40 members, and in just over a year, the band has produced more recordings than most bands do in their entire career. The idea was to bring together a group of diverse musicians, who didn't necessarily know each other, to push each other forward and experiment outside of one's comfort zone.

The results are at time painful, however with the thousand monkies theory in place, they do often stumble across some fantastic sounds. Part garage rock, part rockabilly, part ambient noise, part gypsy music, Red Mass refuses to be pinned down and will never answer the question, "What's coming next?"

-This morning reeks of regret but these eyes ain't seen nothing yet