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LENOIRE

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF | AFM

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2016
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"Montreal’s LENOIRE collaborates, experiments, get harmonious"

With their upbeat, modern twist on the blues, Montreal’s LENOIRE go with the flow while performing. They are a band built on harmony. A genuine relationship is key in making music together and, for LENOIRE, always comes first in the process.

“We don’t normally have a routine, we just hang out and chill together,” says bassist/vocalist Carolyne Lemieux. “I would say that’s the routine; we make sure we’re chill and we’re all united, and that’s it… It’s good because we’re always together.”

Their easygoing attitudes and love for improvisation was what brought them to each other in the first place.

“We were in different bands, the three of us,” says drummer/vocalist Gabriel Larose. “We were supposed to go to New Orleans with this band, so me and [vocalist/guitarist] Antoine [Laroche] went on our own… and we decided to start a new band. We started in Montreal, and then Carolyne naturally came in.”


Montreal’s LENOIRE offer up an upbeat and modern take on the blues (photo by Martin Rondeau).
One of the best aspects of touring for the members of the band is the onstage experimentation they like to partake in.

“We had a coffee [shop] gig and there was a grand piano on stage, and we were so excited, we really used it a lot,” says Lemieux. “We switched instruments… sometimes I went on the piano, Gabriel went, I went to the drums. It was really spontaneous.”

Blues as a genre particularly speaks to the members of LENOIRE, because of their influences and because of the freedom that comes with performing the style.

“I love playing it,” says Laroche. “I think it’s so much fun to play, and you have so much liberty when you’re playing blues. There’s that whole history behind it of rawness and spontaneity.”

The members’ love for improvisation and mixing together old and new musical sounds led them to where they are now. But blues has always been at the beating heart of their inspiration.

“We don’t really have a choice. We love old blues and R&B, but we’re influenced by new hip-hop and everything,” says Laroche. “We work with a lot of electronic and hip-hop producers, so I guess it goes with kind of that collaboration. The person who did the mixing and matching on our last EP, Satisfaction, he’s a French hip-hop mixer, so that definitely helped bring in that more modern sound into it.”

Kate Taeuschel, the filmmaker who worked on the band’s video for the song “Oh Girl,” captured the essence of beautiful confusion in their music.

“We had so much footage from that shoot, and so little music to put it over,” says Laroche. “She really worked hard and did a fantastic job to just try and pull those strings all together to get the kind of semblance of a story… I think a lot of the inspiration for it just came from spending this time together. When we were doing the shoot, it was kind of hectic, and the song’s kind of hectic. I think chaos is a bit of an influence there.”

That sense of community extends to other areas of the band: LENOIRE has cultivated a strong bond with other members of the Montreal music scene.

“Over the last two to three years, we really built a community around us, and we’ve gotten to know so many people and just build really great working relationships with other musicians in Montreal, and producers and mixers,” says Laroche.

Post-tour plans are already in order—soon enough, LENOIRE will return to following the flow of the music, this time back in the studio.

“We have to get back to Montreal for some recording sessions,” says Laroche. “We’re working on a new record right at the end of the tour, so that’s a big thing that’s coming up for us. And then we’ll see where it takes us.” - Nexus Newspaper


"Songs that have a life of their own: LENOIRE - CFMU Artist Sketch"

LENOIRE might be styled as "Montreal's Backseat Rhythm'n blues trio" but, last week at CFMU, they took over the front seat in a big way. Their EP Satisfaction reached #4 on our Top 30 charts, climbing steadily up from its intial spot at #16; they earned a place in our latest Top 5 video as a result.

And for good reason, too; the track "All Night" immediately pulled me in when I heard it, with its smooth but expressive R&B instrumentals under gracefully raw-sounding vocals. The rest of the album came as a pleasant surprise in that each song was so very different from the last, and yet the shift between genres felt both effortless and seamless. This combined with the band's unique history - having been formed during the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans - compelled me to reach out and learn what I could about the trio.

Your trio formed in New Orleans under the influence of Mardi Gras. Could you expand on that interesting history a little bit more? Is there a particular memory during those beginning days that stands out to you?

Well, we arrived in New Orleans separately, a couple days before the Mardi Gras. We realized we had no clue and very little money. Still we had a simple plan; to write songs and to hustle together an EP. We learned to be totally free and to trust people and live with little. By the time Mardi Gras arrived, we had crazy friends, a tent, and a secret spot to sleep near the zoo. All these stories led to the dreamy EP that we made while helping an ill and old guitarist cook, in exchange for his help recording.


How did you come to love R&B? What are your musical backgrounds and major influences? Do the three of you all have similar influences, and if not, how do your different backgrounds combine working together as a band?
Gabriel: Love and Happiness, the Al Green song, I remember Antoine sent me that and I was mindblown. We grew up as friend, and were sharing a lot of albums (yes, yes, physicals) and we've learned a lot while playing those artists:We're fond of old music, but also you know, of these records that sounds true, and some contemporary artist like Kendrick Lamar or Thom Yorke have that touch

Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, Ray Charles, The Beatles, The Clash, Duke Ellington, The Rolling Stones, Skip James, Ebo Taylor, Thelonious Monk, oh yeah we love those. We have a lot of similar influences, from classical all the way to electro.

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We learned to be totally free and to trust people and to live with little.

LENOIRE might be styled as "Montreal's Backseat Rhythm'n blues trio" but, last week at CFMU, they took over the front seat in a big way. Their EP Satisfaction reached #4 on our Top 30 charts, climbing steadily up from its intial spot at #16; they earned a place in our latest Top 5 video as a result.

And for good reason, too; the track "All Night" immediately pulled me in when I heard it, with its smooth but expressive R&B instrumentals under gracefully raw-sounding vocals. The rest of the album came as a pleasant surprise in that each song was so very different from the last, and yet the shift between genres felt both effortless and seamless. This combined with the band's unique history - having been formed during the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans - compelled me to reach out and learn what I could about the trio.

Your trio formed in New Orleans under the influence of Mardi Gras. Could you expand on that interesting history a little bit more? Is there a particular memory during those beginning days that stands out to you?

Well, we arrived in New Orleans separately, a couple days before the Mardi Gras. We realized we had no clue and very little money. Still we had a simple plan; to write songs and to hustle together an EP. We learned to be totally free and to trust people and live with little. By the time Mardi Gras arrived, we had crazy friends, a tent, and a secret spot to sleep near the zoo. All these stories led to the dreamy EP that we made while helping an ill and old guitarist cook, in exchange for his help recording.


How did you come to love R&B? What are your musical backgrounds and major influences? Do the three of you all have similar influences, and if not, how do your different backgrounds combine working together as a band?
Gabriel: Love and Happiness, the Al Green song, I remember Antoine sent me that and I was mindblown. We grew up as friend, and were sharing a lot of albums (yes, yes, physicals) and we've learned a lot while playing those artists:We're fond of old music, but also you know, of these records that sounds true, and some contemporary artist like Kendrick Lamar or Thom Yorke have that touch

Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, Ray Charles, The Beatles, The Clash, Duke Ellington, The Rolling Stones, Skip James, Ebo Taylor, Thelonious Monk, oh yeah we love those. We have a lot of similar influences, from classical all the way to electro.

...By the time Mardi Gras arrived, we had crazy friends, a tent, and a secret spot to sleep near the zoo.

LISTEN: The Satisfaction ​EP by Montreal-based trio LENOIRE

I’m interested in what is meant by LENOIRE’s “natural spontaneity”. Do you feel this applies to your personalities, your music, or both?

Both, we joke and mess around with each other a lot. We like to have fun.


How do your personalities mesh when it comes to working together as a band and as people? Do your strengths complement each other?

We joke a lot, humor is a big part of all our personalities. Gabriel is the sensitive one, Antoine is the star, and Carolyne is the funky monkey hanging from the roof.

All the songs on Satisfaction are very distinct and each shows a completely new facet of the band’s stylistic range. Is versatility and variety something that was consciously prioritized for this album, or did it happen unconsciously?
The variety of it happened unconsciously, but we do tend to try and make songs that have a life of their own, we don't try to make things inside of a set box just to get it done.


I’m curious about “Shine A Light”, as it’s very different from the rest of the album with its raw sound and ambient background noises. What inspired that track?
Shine A Light, came as a song to express the frustration with the ubiquity of phones and all these other gadget distractions, the background noises emphasize the importance of paying attention to the world that surrounds us instead of insulating ourselves in a man-made echo chamber. Just like ...All Those Things That Make Me A Man we purposefully recorded it in a semi shoddy way to emphasize its essence.

How much, if at all, would you say your music is influenced by Francophone music, as a band formed around Mardi Gras and based in Montreal?
Well we are all bilingual so its probably affected us 50% but, we're fairly picky with french music our biggest influence is probably Jean Leloup. I think its safe to say that a lot of conscious influences are anglophone since Blues and RNB are deeply tied to the English language.


In the music video for Bed Rhythm, you’re all playing on a rooftop together. Do you have a favourite place to work on music or perform together?
Probably outside, in the sun; a room with big windows and a piano. Or while being on the road, we know its not really a place, but it kind of is... you know?

Do any of you have a personal favourite of all of your songs?

Carolyne: Shine A Light. Maybe it's because we rarely play it in shows, but it's one of our songs I enjoy listening to without finding it weird that I'm listening to my own music.
Gabriel: I guess What Were You Thinking, mostly because we really composed it all together.. It's rich and smooth, it's a well crafted song.
Antoine: Will Said You'd Call, its very personal to the adversity and growth we experienced in New Orleans, its also one of the songs that people tell me have affected them emotionally, or helped them through the day.

What would you say is the #1 message or feeling you would want people to take away from your music?

Embracing emptiness, the inevitability of passing time, and the frivolous nature of self conscious creatures.

That's a wrap on this week's Artist Sketch! If you find yourself intrigued by this free-spirited Montreal trio (and who wouldn't be?), be sure to check out their Bandcamp (for all their tracks), YouTube (for music videos), and their official website (for upcoming tour dates and more!).

Olivia Fava is the Community Outreach Coordinator at 93.3 CFMU. She is the host of Morningfile and Rainbow Radio, a celebration of LGBTQ+ music airing Monday nights. She is also a musician who particularly enjoys spontaneous guitar sessions in nature. - CFMU


"LE GROUPE MONTRÉALAIS LENOIRE EST DE PASSAGE À EDMONTON"

Ce trio électrique nous présente le meilleur style du Backseat Rhythm’n Blues (R&B), fidèles aux sons typiques de la Nouvelle-Orléans, là où le groupe prend son envole!

Leurs chansons, majoritairement anglaises, nous font parcourir les différentes expériences de vie qui permettent de nous identifier avec leurs textes. LeNoire est composé de Caroline, Antoine et Gabriel.

Fernand Ackey a pu parler avec les trois membres du groupe pour nous parler de leur musique et leur passage en Alberta.

– 7 juillet On the Rocks w/ Hungry Hollow and The Eclipse – EVENT FB

– 8 juillet au Rockin’ 4 $ Edmonton

– 9 juillet au Naked Cyber Cafe

– 12 juillet au the Carrot Coffee House

Chansons de l’entrevue : Vivement hype social & Bed Rythm. - Radio Cité FM


"Interview with LENOIRE at IndieCan Radio"

(audio link for interview) - IndieCan Radio


"PRIMEUR : VHS DE LENOIRE"

C’est en 2016, sous le ciel de la Lousiane qu’a vu le jour la formation LENOIRE. Détrompez-vous, il ne s’agit pas de la demi-carrière solo d’Hubert Lenoir, mais bien d’un groupe rythm ‘n’ blues qui pousse le groove sur la scène montréalaise depuis la sortie de son premier EP, Seven Coffee Street il y a 3 ans.

Le trio en a ensuite lancé un second, suivi d’un premier album complet, Satisfaction, en décembre dernier. Un mois plus tard, les voilà déjà de retour avec un nouveau single qu’on vous dévoile ici en primeur. Mais attendez… juste UN single?!

Non, c’est en fait un double single, composé à la fois en français ET en anglais, en collaboration avec le beatmaker Loukas (moitié du duo Titelaine). Malgré que le groupe n’avait jamais composé en français auparavant, on peut dire qu’il a relevé le défi haut la main. Le résultat est cette chanson aux accents tropicaux et dansants, qui amènera du soleil à tous ceux qui sont tannés de l’hiver, ainsi qu’aux partisans du « Bonjour-Hi ».

Parce que parfois, c’est possible de ne faire que des heureux! En voici la preuve :

(lien pour écoute)

Pour suivre LENOIRE, c’est ici.

Pour écouter le reste de leur discographie, c’est ici. - Urbania Musique


"[Flash #24] Sasha Cay, Opia Bloom, Friska Viljor, De Lumn et LENOIRE"

[EP] LENOIRE – Satisfaction
6 décembre 2018 (autoproduction)
Après La Bronze et Hubert Lenoir, on a repéré pour vous la prochaine sensation indie pop montréalaise. LENOIRE ou le résultat d’une folle alchimie entre trois jeunes canadiens, Carolyne, Antoine et Gabriel pour donner naissance à une pop enthousiaste et bourdonnante d’énergie. Déjantée sur les bords (« Oh Girl »), audacieuse par bien des approches (« Bed Rythm »), la musique vivante de LENOIRE sait également se faire langoureuse (« NY »), surtout quand elle convoque avec panache le groove intemporel du rhythm’n’blues (« What Were You Thinking). Un EP à savourer avec simplicité, en se laissant porter par les improvisations osées, mais jamais casse-gueule du trio. - Indiemusic


"[En direct] PARTIE I "

Video of a radio interview with the band - Radio Victoria


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Bio

LENOIRE is an indie rhythm’n blues band formed in 2016 during an initiatory spring in New Orleans. It was under the influence of Mardi Gras street music that their first EP Seven Coffee Street was born.

Since then, Montreal's backseat Rhythm ‘n’ Blues trio has been active on the scene and has released three EPs, including their most developed work; Satisfaction, which received a very positive welcome on the independent scene.

Back from their Canadian summer tour, the band is currently working on the production of their first LP, digging into deeper soul and RnB influences.

Live, LENOIRE is distinguished by its electrifying performances, sinuous vocal harmonies and total dedication to their music.

Band Members