She's Got a Habit

She's Got a Habit

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN
BandAlternativeAvant-garde

The Montreal-based electro-acoustic sextet She’s Got a Habit started with a Craigslist posting. Scrolling through the classifieds one night, Emma Frank stumbled across an ad looking for “space funk vocalists” to collaborate on world domination. On the other end of that posting was Martin Rodriguez, a producer guitarist who had recently relocated to Montreal from New York City. After the initial emails and mutual excitement, Martin appeared at one of Emma’s shows and introduced himself. The two s

Biography

Based out of Montreal, She’s Got a Habit began in summer 2009 when vocalist/songwriter Emma Frank teamed up with producer/guitarist Martin Rodriguez. The debut EP, Blindfold Test, is named in part for how the duo met - they got in touch when Emma responded to a cryptic posting on Craigslist by Martin looking for vocalists. He sent her a track and suggested they meet up. Emma hesitated. She did not trust the internet. A week later, Martin came to her show and introduced himself. She trusted that, and the two started making music with the help of Martin’s long-time production partner and drummer Andy Bauer (Twin Shadow, Eli Paperboy Reed and the True Loves).

The trio began developing their sound, playing with a mix of live drums, samples, and layered voices. They shared a background in hip-hop and soul and wanted to fuse the heavy beats and lush production styles they loved with softer, more intimate, sounds. The blend they found is both dreamy and momentous, combining hushed vocals and room sounds with glowing synths and huge drums.

Live, She’s Got a Habit is a five-piece ensemble featuring J-P Saint-Cyr (Sweet Mother Logic) on cello, Evan Tighe on drums, and Beavan Flanagan (Ismism) on synth and samples. Sometimes, vocalists Anna Goren and Akua Carson add an air of vintage with smoky back-ups vocals and doo-wop dance moves.
The band has been performing in Montreal and is preparing for a summer tour of Blindfold Test through Canada and the U.S. They are also working on their first full-length album.

The EP is now available for free download online at http://www.shesgotahabit.bandcamp.com/. Listen to it while biting your nails and drinking coffee, or doing whatever you do.

Lyrics

Plus Minus

Written By: Emma Frank


Burnt embers in the fireplace that stopped
You wake me all narrated and dark
Cover up your ashes and go

Literal and handsewn
like the melodies we lived on
They are blankets so keep warm

I blew bubbles round your words
You make my pen write shaky words
Machine gun lectures on your lecturn
I blew candles out on your words

Love is all, love is all
Love is all around us

The hand paints red on trees, speak of seasons
In four years I’ll come back here
The scarlet on this letter faded pink now

Hallmark card truisms,
seems you must have memorized them
Give it up you’ve got too much sense

I blew bubbles round your words
You make my pen write shaky words
Machine gun lectures on your lectern
I blew candles out on your words

Running through my heart
Dreams won't take you far
Who or what we really are
Hold my hand and soothe my flaws
Wait to tell which way to go
Who or what we really know
Dreams could take you far
Watch the smog cloud city stars

Love is all, love is all,
Love is all around us

Call it Love

Written By: Emma Frank

Sunny days are over head, time to open up again, Every price is what’s been spent
Wind blowing through my hair, got lost in love again
Looked for a place to rest my head but I already had a pillow on my bed
Still longing to get lost in love again

If it were mine to give I’d give it back
I’d give him the ribbon from my hair
I’d call it love and he’d be there
If it were mine to fix I’d glue it on
I’d call it right when it was wrong
I’d call it love cause we were scared
I’d call it love

Gazing at the vastness of the road ahead, getting in and out of bed, wondering what should have been
Saw myself seeing
Marionette productions of the past and judgments playing in my mind
Creator of signs but no one reads them right
There’s a light from where we stand, so he said he saw something
Theories of the relative softening our sleep at night
Why color go black and white, my, my

If it were mine to give I’d give it back
I’d give him the ribbon from my hair
I’d call it love and he’d be there
If it were mine to fix I’d glue it on
I’d call it right when it was wrong
I’d call it love cause we were scared
I’d call it love

Discography

Blindfold Test, EP

Set List

Our typical set list is about an 45min long and comprised of original material like:

Call it Love
Unbreakable Heart
Plus Minus
Don't Delay
Go Running
Redwood
Never Been a Fighter
Drama Queen
Stars That Come
Gardening