Cantonese Traffic
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Cantonese Traffic

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The best kept secret in music


"'Proceed With Caution'"

Listening to the debut disc from Rochester’s Cantonese Traffic, it’s not hard to deduce some of the young power trio’s prime influences. From the opening guitar chops, a rich aura of classic 1960s and ’70s blues-based rock suffuses the room. With Mike Allard on guitar and vocals, Zac Arnault on bass and vocals and Ian Martin on drums and backing vocals, the band comes out of the gates with a style that echoes Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, The Allman Brothers Band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and countless others.

Released this year on the band’s own indie label, Abdul Jabbar Records, the album has drawn early praise from respected local musicians like Pondering Judd’s Marty England and Equal Time’s Thom Keith. When Allard rips a prolonged, spine-tingling solo midway through the first track, “And I Stay,” it’s easy to see what all the hype is about.

The next tune, “Sudden Cry,” has a darker and less celebratory tone that communicates the band’s social conscience. “If Satan is the prince of darkness, then man must be the king, and as humanity crashes down, the cries of the children ring,” Arnault sings before a torrent of screaming guitar strings blots out the words...

-Written by Matt Kanner from "The Wire" Friday, 23 May 2008 - The Wire


Proceed With Caution (2008)
The Chronicles of Canton (2009)



Cantonese Traffic is a power trio from Rochester NH whose mission is to take music to a higher ground. The members, Mike Allard (Guitar and Vocals), Zac Arnault (Bass and Vocals), and Rory Dean (Percussion), create a very unique fusion of blues, jazz, funk, psychedelic, reggae, and rock. Some of their main influences include Miles Davis, John Coltrane, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies, Ten Years After, Humble Pie, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and many many more.