Avec Plaisir are the Montréal indie punk quartet taking your local basement show by storm.
Described by their peers as ‘eugh’ and ‘how do you pronounce their name?’, the band has grown from their 2019 formation to deliver a stellar 2022 debut album, An Album, blending mathy riffs, gruff vocals, and earworm melodies. Sam Winsor and Sébastien Vézina’s laid back lyricism show off the band's carefree attitude while being held together by the low notes of bassist Julien Besner and explosive drumming of Maxime Verreault.
Avec Plaisir est un quatuor Montrélais indie punk à voir dans un sous-sol près de chez vous.
Abordant les choses profondes de la vie, le groupe formé en 2019 a frappé un grand coup avec son premier album, An Album, en 2022, mélangeant les rythmes math, les voix crues et les mélodies accrocheuses. Le lyricisme nonchalant et les guitares déjantées de Sam Winsor et Sébastien Vézina démontrent un refus catégorique de se prendre trop au sérieux, le tout soutenu par une fondation solide par Julien Besner à la basse et les percussions explosives de Maxime Verreault à la batterie.
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Here’s pretty much all I could find out about Avec Plaisir: this is a band of 30-somethings from Montreal that plays a kind of mathy, melodic, and unmistakably “revival” type of emo that immediately brings hometown heroes Gulfer to mind. Why every one of their song titles begins with “J” is a mystery for another time. What I know about their debut is that An Album might not be as literal as the band name itself, which translates to “with pleasure.” This isn’t the kind of music that makes 30-somethings start a band unless they had their hearts in it, and every second of An Album radiates with the joy of artists revisiting the music of their youth with a sense of purpose and chops that can only be accessed with age.
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Although they’ve been playing together since 2019, Avec Plaisir really came to life in 2022. With the release of their debut LP, the modestly titled An Album, they built on everything impressive about their Demos for Dave and I Don’t Really Car EPs. Throwing emo, math rock, punk, and even flashes of post-rock into a blender, the Montreal foursome have honed their craft. From the second that noodly riff kicks in on “Jarry St.” following the introductory ambiance of “Junction Before Jarry St.” it’s full speed ahead. “Julien’s Song” and “Jabroni” give the band a chance to flex their pop rock muscles and turn in some of the catchiest hooks on the record, and the instrumental “Jeopardy Answers” leans into full math, bursting and twinkling like an auditory sparkler.
The stop-start cadence of “Jujube” is so mesmerizing it’s easy to miss the fact that it’s about a dog–but, really, doesn’t that just make it all the more endearing? By the time the gang vocals at the end of closer “Jambalaya” have been buried under looping riffs, it’s only been 25 minutes. What a pleasure indeed.