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Fred Fortin

Fred Fortin popped his head up in the Quebec underground in 1996. Since that time he spent some time working slowly, releasing an archive every 2 yrs, but toured continuously. And despite a cruel insufficient support from industrial radio and Television stations, his music have got galvanized the Quebec rock and roll underground, stirring up a little revolution only much like the influence of Robert Charlebois’ change from a clean-cut folk vocalist to a psychedelic rock and roll beast back 1968. Fortin was created in Dolbeau (rural Quebec) on, may 5, 1971. He found the electrical bass in his teenagers and attained a degree in music in the Cégep Saint-Laurent in 1991. Gradually he refined his songwriting design — that actually implies that he roughed it up. Composing crude lyrics that may be amazingly poetic, linking him to mavericks such as for example Plume Latraverse and Richard Desjardins, Fortin jumps from design to create, melding bluegrass to hardcore, psychedelic folk and acidity rock and roll to grunge. After purchasing his music around for just two years he arrived a contract using the label Musi-Art and documented his debut Joseph Antoine Frédéric Fortin Perron (his name). It presented guest looks by Les Colocs’ lead vocalist Dédé Fortin (who’s said to can see him) and avant-garde guitarist René Lussier. Items went gradually as radios overlooked the recording, but continuous touring helped to create a dedicated group of fans. Yet, a very important factor was apparent: Fortin live created far more decibels and used a resolutely dirtier attitude than the actual recording hinted at. In 1998, the vocalist created the Melvins-inspired trio Gros Malesé with Colocs drummer Martin Bureau and guitarist Olivier Langevin, an in depth collaborator of Mara Tremblay. The group’s debut Tue Ce Drum Pierre Bouchard arrived in 1999 in the recently incepted label La Tribu which quickly garnered a roaster of like-minded performers (WD-40, Urbain Desbois, Martin Lapalme), redefining the choice rock picture in Montreal. This Compact disc of garage area/hardcore rock and roll was a slap when confronted with the bourgeois listeners, those charmed with the softer aspect of his initial solo record. For his single follow-up Le Plancher des Vaches (2000) he returned to something even more sedate but nonetheless quite gritty. This record was honored the 2000 Reflection award (Festival d’Été de Québec) and a MIMI award in 2001.

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