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INTERFERENCE SARDINES

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A young group based in Québec City, Interférence Sardines plays music on the borders between rock and contemporary music, between jazz and traditional music. Both eclectic and absurd, this group's compositions are impregnated with wild imagination. A very diverse palette of sound material and style lends this group its distinctive colour.The first two albums were realeased relatively close together(3 years), but there was a seven years gap before the recent Spot De Rue.

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Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Interference Sardines should be added in the PA database because their music has strong influences of artists like Univers Zero, Jean Luc Ponty and Henry Cow. That's why their very violin-oriented music enters the realm of RIO/Avant Prog music. ~ Greenback



Discography:
Zucchini, studio album (2001)

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3.29 | 9 ratings
Mare Crisium
1998
3.95 | 13 ratings
Zucchini
2001
3.33 | 8 ratings
Spot De Rue
2008

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 Spot De Rue by INTERFERENCE SARDINES album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.33 | 8 ratings

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Interference Sardines RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 starts really!!!

By the time of release of their third album Spot De Rue this writer wasn't really expecting IS to be still alive, but an appearance at the FMPM probably woke them up. With the stame weird artiste taking care of the artwork (but using a fairly different colour scheme), IS's third album is a bit of a deception for this writer. Indeed it seems that the group has decided to increase the vocal's importance and feature them in many more tracks than in the previous two albums.

Right from the bat, we're taken by surprise by the electric guitar and loud bass 's shallow presence playing opposite to one of many of Andréa Bilodeau's many vocal performance, but certainly not her best on this album opening track, Bidibulle. Indeed, she's much better on the Ca Mord-Tu? And the fuzzed-out electric guitar of Philippe Venne joined by Bilodeau's violin can make things worse in case it grates you. Not only have they lost a lot of their fascination (from my part anyway) and can seem to broad-brushing with the almost metallic rework of Zucchini, making them sound like some kind of 5UU meeting Bob Drake production for third successive time on the same sessions. Also the fact that two previous tracks (Café Morue and Zucchini) have been reworked might indicate that IS is maybe short of ideas despite the seven year gap between albums.

Another disappointment is the lack or really long tracks, even if the track "33" can un up to the 6-min+ mark, and some track are indeed enthralling (Ininsolification <<< whatever, right?!?!). But let's face it, this third IS holds little of the raw energy and inventivity of their previous Zucchini or Mare Chrisum. Best to start with one of those two albums than the one here. Most likely this album will get better with time, but after four months I have yet to be able to permeate it.

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 Zucchini by INTERFERENCE SARDINES album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.95 | 13 ratings

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Interference Sardines RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Grobsch

4 stars I must say... THIS is a GREAT album...

The RIO is heavily used and we can define the album as RIO/Avant, but we can find several other influences, and the mix of these influences perfectly creates beautiful moments...

The classic and melodious moments can make this album be one of your favorites even if you dislike RIO bands.

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 Mare Crisium by INTERFERENCE SARDINES album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.29 | 9 ratings

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Interference Sardines RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars Second album (but impossible to date from the disc or its artwork) from these crazy Québecois, and a second strike at the bowling alley. They still have the same formula than on their debut album, hovering between countrymen Miriodor and Belgian Julverne

Lenghty (8 min+) opener and its Arab influences are a perfect intro to their crazy adventures never far away from chamber music, while the short untitled interlude leads onto a rather inaptly titled Apothéose. Fifth track Langoustine is gypsy-jazz dominated and seventh Ego Sum is a rather quiet affair approaching contemporary classical music (it might just be the highlight of the album). F Suite is much closer to Crimson improv from the Wetton-Bruford era and is a bit startling with its electric guitar and violin (the vast majority of instruments are acoustic on the album). Petit Royaume is the second of three sung tracks, and it is very similar to Nescalier on their debut while surprisingly loud Mon Tang Rustre and Mon Mouton are both notable tracks. Closing track is ending the album in a highly unusual and eclectic fashion and sung in English. Very bizarre and demented track ending after some roughly 10 mins, but ensues two minute of silence before a hidden track (a free form improv) takes over for some six more minutes

Both albums hold a bunch of short (and sometimes untitled) interludes that separate the main tracks with strange humorous ideas. Personally I prefer Zucchini (especially for the crazy closer Fuite), but it is a very tiny difference as both albums are absolutely worthy avant-prog albums.

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 Zucchini by INTERFERENCE SARDINES album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.95 | 13 ratings

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Interference Sardines RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars These Quebecois are from the latest wave of prog groups emerging from La Belle Province, but they are not typical of their consorts. Unlike Daghmar, Invisible Wind, Hamadryad and Nathan Mahl, who only dip once in a while into dangerous and experimental grounds, these guys and gals make a specialty of weird RIO and are very much the spiritual sons of Miriodor. But also in many ways, theses guys would fit perfectly on the Belgian scene of chamber prog rock, as they share many similarities with X-Legged Sally, Finnegans Wake or Cro-Magnon and consorts and some of the Finnish scene groups such as Uzva and Alammailman Vasarat, for their more acoustic side or even the Swedish Samla/Zamla and In The Labyrinth - for the more ethnic influences. I think you get the picture.

Some thirteen tracks of which only 2/3 have names or even have the right to be acknowledged their existence on the booklet. But if most of the "non-existing" tracks are audible links/bridges to the following track, they are still very interesting due to the inventive nature of the sounds used. Of which thirteen tracks, only two are suing in a very accessible French - both of them could be rocked-up tangos. To actually talk and describe this album, I cannot do better than refer you to the first paragraph of this review and think of the bands I have named, but the actual real gem is the 13 min closer Fuite: absolutely outstanding crescendo from a demented acoustic track into an incredibly crazied-out electric tune: du très grand art, mon cher Monsieur!! Another highlight is Un Autre Poisson Dans Le Mur, which is closer to RIO and Zappa than Miriodor and is astounding in its execution.

In the RIO/Avant prog category of the ProgArchives, this album is certainly in the top 20 and well above of some genre classics. Highly recommended for its very melodious soundscapes in a genre that is not always melodious by nature.

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