Get one thing straight, world: Though Essaie pas, the minimalist production duo composed of Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau, has just released its debut album Demain est ene autre nuit (out now, DFA Records), the band itself is not new. As solo artists, Davidson and Guerineau have been keeping things interesting on Montreal’s underground electronic scene for years, joining forces as a band in 2010 and releasing a series of seriously cold wave EPs and singles.
Just as the new album is hitting the airwaves, we sent off our Icebreaker Interview to Marie for a sense of where the band is now and where it’s headed.
Where are you right now?
I’m at home in Montreal, sitting at my kitchen table.
Please name your fellow band members and their roles, and who has the best dance moves?
We are two in the band, the other half is Pierre Guerineau, my husband. It’s hard for me to judge who has the best dance moves but I’d say me, just because I spend a lot of time on the dance floor. He’s got good moves too, though.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
Essaie pas is not a new project but Demain est ene autre nuit is our new album. Pierre and I
are the only persons that worked on it, we composed everything together in our studio in
Montreal. It was recorded between January 2014 and April 2015. It’s an album about the night
life, fantasies, and obsessions. There is no candy but you can definitely dance on it.
How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?
Pierre and I met in Montreal in 2006 at a DIY space called La Brique, we were both playing in different bands. We quickly became friends and eventually started to make music together,
improvising on blues rock guitars and dusty synths. In 2012, Essaie pas took an electronic shift and became what it is now today.
Other than Essaie pas, what should Montreal be known for?
Kara-Lis Coverdale, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier, Pelada, GRKZGL, Neuromodulation (label), Temple (label), Bataille Solaire, Femminielli, FDG-, BABI AUDI, David Kristian.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you.
BOLU, our cat.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational.
I’ve always liked music. When I was in high school I studied classical violin but I was also really into jazz and hip-hop. Later, the album that really got me seriously involved was The End by Nico. I was 19 years old at that point and it made me decide to dedicate my life to playing music. At that time I was hesitating between going to university or play in bands and it inspired my so much, I blown away by her music and the production of the whole album.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Buy a sequencer.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
What song best sums up your life right now?
“Self Control,” 1984 original Raf version
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
People dancing and screaming and “Yeah!” or “F*** Yeah!” at strategic moments of a set.
Take a moment to dream. Where do hope to be a year from now?
Playing in Latin America.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Keep producing music.
Purchase Essaie Pas music on iTunes.