Band of the Day (7.23.10) KARKWA

23 Jul

BOD: (7.23.10) KARKWA

It’s Karkwa. Heard of them? No…well it’s okay, they’re a little obscure to us down here in the US of A. I stumbled on them on Sirius this morning.

I feel badly about making Karkwa band of the day being that they are 12 years old. But it’s passionate fans like us that might make that 12 year commitment pay off. Louis-Jean Cormier, François Lafontaine, Martin Lamontagne, Julien Sagot, Stéphane Bergeron have put in the time now give them 3:00 minutes of your precious life. I promise you’ll love it. The band’s name is a phonetic rendering of carquois (French for a quiver of arrows). Oh they’re from Montreal and they sing in French and they just nail that East Coast Canada sound. Think The Arcade Fire, with a splash of Sigur Ros, a dash of Volcano Choir and sprinkle of Radiohead. They’ve evolved over the years, but they just have a nice big b sound with layered vocals, strings, acoustic guitars, pianos…all of it. Don’t be surprised if you see them at a Festival near you. They will be a headliner at Inukshuk. They are once again a favorite to win the Polaris Prize in 2010.

“L’acouphène” MP3

“Marie tu pleures”

“Les Chemins de Verre”

Follow Karkwa:
Band site

6 Responses to “Band of the Day (7.23.10) KARKWA”

  1. James Wishner July 24, 2010 at 7:27 AM #

    Wow! Very impressed by his band. Even thought they sing in french, the feelings of the songs are coming out well.

  2. Carl Vaillancourt July 25, 2010 at 2:34 PM #

    Glad to know they have listeners outside of the french community. Small mistake on the third song title, should be “L’acouphène”.

  3. erindesignssilk July 25, 2010 at 2:51 PM #

    I’m been following them for a few years and am glad that someone else in the states finally listens to them! This just made my day.

  4. Zwein July 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM #

    Just to say… It’s not “Locouphene”, it’s “L’acouphène”.
    That being said… I’m out ->

    • New.Band.Day July 25, 2010 at 6:30 PM #

      Thanks. Just fixed it….sorry about that.


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