SOUNDCHECK: Chic Gamine
I need to get you all familiar with one of my newly favorite bands! So, pay attention. Chic Gamine–roughly translated as stylish mischievous young thing–is a band from Canada that seems to have time-traveled from the 50-60s girl group era, reinventing the doo-wop sound with modern flare. Aside from their gentleman drummer, Sacha Daoud, this band has 4 front women rocking mics and instruments. The ladies are Andrina Turenne (vocals, keys, guitar, percussion), Alexa Dirks (vocals, keys, percussion), Annick Bremault (vocals, keys, percussion), and Ariane Jean (vocals, keys, percussion).
They have already released two albums–their Canadian self-titled debut album in 2008, and the second in 2010. Their first release won a Juno Award for Best Roots Album of 2009. Other achievements include a second Juno award nomination for their sophomore album; opening up for Smokey Robinson; being embraced by Mavis Staples, who said that the band reminded her of her family band The Staple Singers; and performing at SXSW this year.
After a year of touring North America, the band released their official U.S. album, titled Closer, on March 19th, 2013, via Lucky Fox Records. In this new album, they harness their sound even more, which is created through powerful voices, soulful vocal harmonies, playful pop melodies, vintage R&B rhythms, passion, and fun, danceable beats. Their poetic songwriting skills are superb, telling stories about love, heartbreak, and life. And, whether happy or sad, they like to keep the songs youthful and upbeat.
They are fantastic and refreshing–I’ve gotten goosebumps listening to some of their songs. I strongly urge you watch the videos below and stream the songs, and to purchase the album if you’re feeling them. How could you not be?!