Montreal instrumental trio AXLAUSTADE describe their fuzz-heavy, guitar, bass and drums explorations as “grunge of the future“, taking some of the familiar features of that well-worn genre and throwing in elements of wandering post-rock guitars, metronomic kosmischemusik beats and shoegaze-y pedal explosions.
Their debut, self-titled album is due for release in November through La Tribu, and today we’ve an exclusive glimpse into what lies in wait for us with the premiere of the video for (sort of) title track “axl au stade”, which builds from it’s opening crackle through a metronomic bass groove and grinding guitars to overdriven crescendos and a breaktaking breakdown of tumbling drums. It’s backed by a fast-cut video collage of retro video games, sporting events and bubbling lava.
Asked about the story behind the track, the band explained, “It’s a clin-d’oeil to the riot that took place in 1992 at the Montreal Olympic Stadium, after Axl Rose told everybody to go home and quit the stage 20 minutes or so in the set. Metallica’s show was also stopped when James Hetfield was badly injured by pyrotechnics. Faith No More was the only band that played an entire set that night. The Expos were in Philadelphia that night. The song opens with feedback and a massive drum and bass guitar pickup. It gives the impression that you’re in the middle of the crowd. The guitar plays a solid theme and switches from minor to major which gives the feeling of openness and urgency.“
“axl au stade” is out today and is taken from the forthcoming album AXLAUSTADE, due for release on 19th November via La Tribu.
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Article by Paul Maps
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