King Karoshi
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King Karoshi

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Indie




"February RAC Concert Showcase"

"Influenced by the British progressive-indie sound, KK has talent and imagination [...] Led by singer Patrick Dunphy, and driven by drummer Alexy Guerer, King Karoshi embodies the mood and sensibilities of many successful Brit groups. Fine textures and riffs by Rémi Denis on guitar and backing vocals, and a solid performance by Antoine Poliquin on bass, round out the King Karoshi roster." - Recording Arts Canada

"The Neu Bulletin"

"[...] they produce something in 'Laundry' that's both hugely anthemic and mighty progressive; a clever balancing act between the good, the bad and the glorious." - DIY Magazine

"Top 5 Indie Tracks of the Week"

"Has any bad music come out of Montreal, like ever? Anyawesome, apparently this group’s biggest influences are Radiohead, Beck, Grizzly Bear and The National, which speaks volumes in terms of how great their music is." - Rex Manning Day Blog

"LAUNDRY EP King Karoshi"

The reflective and melancholy leanings, textured instrumentation (with a strong rhythmic push) and luminous vocals (channeling Rufus without the whimsy), demonstrate their sizable ambitions and tendencies towards the fanciful... A promising debut. -


Dunphy’s voice steers you through this EP with strength and character, providing an excellent focal point for King Karoshi.

The next thing that stood out was the layering of the guitars. Laundry is laced with some phat but crisp riffs that interweave to create some delightful polyphony. Moments of easy and light strumming are mixed with quick and precise picking. Crafty licks are backed by some pronounced bass work and punchy, rolling drums. - The Indie Blender

"Laundry EP. King Karoshi"

It seems like I have found out how Erwin Zijleman finds his Canadians to review. Contact one and they tell you about other singers and bands they like or know. I'm only joking, but a fact is that Natalie Ramsay pointed me to the fantastic 'Cluster funk' by Death Goldbloom and then gave me the tip to also listen to King Karoshi, someone she used to make music with when living in Montreal.

So I checked out Laundry on Bandcamp and found myself liking the music on offer. And again this colourful cover. Much more elementary than 'Fly to home', but certainly in a style that I've encountered a few times in the past weeks.

King Karoshi has four band members: Rémi Denis, lead guitar and back-up vocals; Patrick Dunphy, lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Alexy Guérer, drums and back-up vocals and Antoine Poliquin, bass and back-up vocals. Laundry is the band's first album released in May 2014 and that was about all the info I could find in the quick scan I ran on the Internet. So let's go to the EP itself.

Fans of Britpop and indie will find a lot to their liking on Laundy. King Karoshi has the right sounds and with Patrick Dunphy the right singer. With a slightly rough-edged voice he manages to touch upon the exact right mood for the band's music. The voice even contrasts at certain moments with the music, making it all the more interesting to listen to. From Starsailor and The Rifles to Dutch band Moke, there are references all over the place. The compliment here is that the songs on Laundry add to the catalogue in a fine way, the downside that King Karoshi still needs to find its own voice. That is something which is quite allowed with a first release.

Laundry starts with a clear, light bell sound: ping. The title song slowly builds itself up to a stark Britpop rocker. With a high sounding lead guitar playing the characteristic notes. The prickly riff of 'Tallest pawn' creates an interesting contrast with the opening song showing that King Karoshi has given thought to the sequence of the songs in a successful way. The way the song sweetens in the chorus and bridge section shows that Natalie Ramsay was right: this is an interesting band to check out. Again guitar layers are built up towards the end, creating an impressive sounding song that ends abruptly. I'm digging it.

'Fading now' starts crescendo and mellows out in the tight rhythm of drums, bass and guitar. The song has a less interesting vocal melody though. Not my favourite of the EP. Luckily 'First world problems' brings Laundry back on track. The lead guitar does the right sort of work here and the band sings well together. It all ends with 'So little time'. Another song that makes me look forward to hear more from King Kaloshi in the future. Perhaps the most British of the five songs. Where Morrissey's influence comes through the strongest of all. Dunphy definitely tries to sing like him here. The song is also the most elementary, emptiest sounding of the five. So the singing has to be right and it is. In any other case the floor would have fallen from under Patrick Dunphy's feet; and it doesn't.

In short, a very interesting debut album by King Kaloshi. The band manages to show its influences in the right way. King Kaloshi created new songs that start from, but certainly deserve to stand next to the already existing ones. Songs that are very much worth while listening to. There's also a challenge: to stand just a little bit more apart from the fold. I'm looking forward to hearing just that.


You can listen to and order Laundry here: - WoNoBlog

"King Karoshi - Laundry EP"

King Karoshi est un quatuor formé de Rémi Denis (guitare, choeur), Patrick Dunphy (voix, guitare et clavier), Alexy Guerer (batterie, chœur) et Antoine Poliquin (basse, chœur). Cette toute nouvelle formation du paysage indie-rock montréalais ne réinventera peut-être pas la roue, mais lui apportera tout de même quelque chose d’intéressant.

Avec un côté britannique des années 90, leur son est un mélange de rock aérien, de guitare électrique rythmée et de mélodie peaufinée. Le côté pop de leur musique est assuré par des refrains rassembleurs et entraînant. King Karoshi se démarque surtout par l’excellence de ses musiciens et la qualité de leur écriture musicale. Chaque instrument est utilisé à son plein potentiel, sans jamais faire de l’ombre aux autres. Au contraire, chaque instrument rehausse l’ensemble : guitare maniée avec dextérité, la basse utilisée de façon créative et la batterie jouée avec audace et retenue. On sent la dextérité de chacun des garçons.

Laudry débute avec des accords de guitare acoustique – certaines textures feront penser à Franz Ferdinand - et la voix chaude, mélancolique et un peu traînante de Patrick Dunphy. On pense immédiatement à Radiohead, mais pas pour les sonorités, non, pour la voix aérienne à la Thom York. Le reste évoque un mélange de Two Door Cinema Club et de Half Moon Run. Puis l’album continue avec une ambiance unique et un style de rythme surprenant, toujours en constante évolution de chanson en chanson.

Les paroles ne sont pas seulement accrocheuses, elles sont également bien écrites.

and maybe god is dead,
or just not listening
or maybe he
just never cared for you at all
satan stole the remote control
and put evil in our heads
giving thoughts to
the monkeys we used to know

Ça sonne bien à chaque coup. On aimerait en écouter encore plus, car, avec le potentiel qui se cache dans ces cinq pistes, nul doute que ce groupe talentueux saura nous offrir du grandiose. - BRBR

"King Karoshi sur les planches du Quai des Brumes"

Nouveau venu sur la scène indie rock montréalaise, le groupe King Karoshi a fait paraître il y a quelques semaines un premier EP, intitulé Laundry, dont le spectacle de lancement aura lieu ce vendredi 27 juin au Quai des Brumes, à Montréal.

Composé de cinq chansons, ce premier EP nous fait découvrir un groupe qui ne bouleverse pas les fondements de l’indie rock, mais qui arrive à se distinguer en proposant une musique qui, étonnamment, semble davantage ancrée dans la tradition du rock alternatif et de la pop britannique des années 90.

La voix du chanteur et guitariste Patrick Dunphy est particulièrement envoûtante et évoque des groupes comme Half Moon Run ou Two Door Cinema Club, avec de petites inflexions à la Thom Yorke par moments (ou même Patrick Watson sur “First World Problems”). Le registre est étendu, et Dunphy nous surprend parfois avec des accents de baryton, comme dans “So Little Time”. Un soin particulier a également été accordé aux textures de guitares qui font penser à Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse ou encore Islands (l’album Arm’s Way, en particulier). Les sonorités électriques dominent, à l’exception de l’introduction à la guitare acoustique de la pièce-titre, fort réussie d’ailleurs, avec sa rythmique entraînante et ses douces harmonies vocales. Le rock de King Karoshi se veut avant tout mélodique et aérien, assez facile d’approche avec ses refrains rassembleurs, mais offre aussi des moments d’une plus grande intensité, comme dans la chanson “Fading Now”, où la dextérité du guitariste Rémi Denis est davantage mise en évidence. La section rythmique est solide, alimentée par une belle complicité entre le bassiste Antoine Poliquin et le batteur Alexy Guérer.

Il est certes difficile de se démarquer dans le foisonnement de groupes établis à Montréal et associés au courant indie-rock, mais ce premier EP de King Karoshi montre un groupe au potentiel certain. Il sera maintenant intéressant de découvrir l’étendue du répertoire du quatuor sur scène. La première partie du spectacle de lancement au Quai des Brumes sera assurée par Painter’s Mind. Un deuxième concert est prévu le 2 août prochain au café Le Cagibi, toujours à Montréal. - CAMUZ.CA


2014 - Laundry EP



King Karoshi's singularity could not have been born anywhere else but Montreal. Just like the city, it's an unlikely mix of cultures, languages and horizons that creates such a unique universe. Far from being meaningless piled up layers, the four bandmates' identities blend together in an original fashion, combining subtle lyrics and indie pop sounds. The band has released its debut EP "Laundry" in 2014, and is working on a follow-up for 2015.

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