It was another Acid filled night at psych fest, except I wasn’t on acid, and yet I still managed to trip out.

The Montreal Psych Fest brought 14 bands together over three days. Many of them were well-enough known by the Montreal Psychedelic music community, such as Crosses, Birds of Paradise, the very pop-oriented Milk Lines, human eye, Adam Stranglers, Blue Cheese and numerous others.

The fest demonstrated the many diverse genres in the contemporary psychedelic music including weird punk, stoner rock and feedback noise.

One band might be punk with fractured waves and the other might be noisy trance with dancy beats. So when it comes to psychedelia and Psych Fest, you never know what you’re going to get. Regardless of their type of music, though, the bands all made you zone out from the confinements of reality.


Thursday’s night show at Divan Orange featured Punctuation, Milk Lines, Crosses and Birds of Paradise and Saturday at La Vitrola offered Human Eye, Blue Cheese, The Aura, Adam Strangler and IDALG. I went on Friday and it was my first Psych Fest. I had heard very good things and the internet was raving. I had to go down check it out.

Friday’s show was also at La Vitrola, that strange club locked between the squalor up three flights of stairs. Performing were Demon’s Claws, PYPY, The Marinelli’s, Pachyderm and Paul Jacobs. All put on experimental performances of psychic abilities, as they moved through their audiences’ minds like a psychotropic drug. And I mean that literally. Some of us were, in fact, in trances, waving head side to side.

20150912_010003When I arrived Pachyderm was tripping out the audience with their many psychedelic Arab scale riffs and tangents.

As the night progressed, I really appreciated the subtle increase in volume, as each band seemed to increase in power.

The first three bands brought their own versions of psychedelic music, but I felt Demon’s Claws really hit the nail on the head when it comes to what is a modem day psychedelic band. Their tunes reigned in the complexity of a great minimalist set.

The last band of the evening, PYPY played some pretty hard rock anthems. Their post-punk avante garde style proved that Psych Fest can get the good acts right before Pop Montreal comes to town.

The Psych Fest showed me that you can rock a crowd while swaying your head back and forth and that any type of song can go off on trippy random psychedelic tangents.

Before I knew it the festival was over, but left behind a enjoyable evening with some amazing bands. Here’s hoping I trip out at next year’s fest.

Get out there and see these shows this week!


Radio Radio + Dead Obies + Beat Market @ Université de Montréal (Place de la Laurentienne)

Starts at 7 p.m., free.

Alex Pelchat, Eric Lewis, John Heward & friends @ La Poêle

Alex Pelchat is a Montreal experimental musician. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you may be familiar with many of the projects he has a hand in. He plays in Drøm Før Du Dør, *Shining Wizard* and Gens Chrétiens in addition to his solo act. He also helped found the Misery Loves Co. tape label with other Montreal musicians. He has also been a steady fixture of the Montreal improvisational and experimental music scenes, having participated in Mardi Spaghetti — a weekly improvised music series at Le Cagibi that started in 2008 — and organizing Noïsundaéè — another weekly music series showcasing anything that can be described as weird or strange that happens Sunday afternoons at La Plante.

Show starts at 7 p.m., $10 suggested contribution.

10 years of Divan Orange: PyPy + Jesuslesfilles + DJs Bonnes Manières @ Divan Orange

Doors open at 8 p.m., $14 at the door.


Montreal Psych Fest @ La Vitrola

This city’s only festival dedicated exclusively to psychedelic music is back for a third consecutive year. Starting on Friday, this year’s festival presents three nights of performances featuring Pachyderm, The Backhomes, Les Marinellis, Red Mass and The Auras.

Friday and Saturday shows start at 9:30; $10 at the door before 10 p.m., $15 after. Sunday show takes place at l’Escogriffe at 10 p.m., $10. 


Beat Market + Fonkynson + Le Couleur + French Fox @ Bassin Peel

Parcs Canada in collaboration with Lisbon Lux Records are presenting this free, two-day outdoor event showcasing some of the best of the Lisbon Lux roster.

Saturday show takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday show takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Grump + Bearmace + Perverted Justice @ l’Escogriffe

Doors open at 8 p.m., $5.

The Growlers + The Garden + Nancy Pants @ Bar le “RITZ” P.B.D. (formerly Il Motore)

Doors open at 8 p.m., $15 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or at the door.


Russian Circles + The Atlas Moth @ Cabaret du Mile End

Doors open at 8 p.m., $18 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $20 at the door.


Naomi Punk + Harsh Reality + Goddard x Pelchat @ La Plante

Doors open at 9 p.m., $5 or PWYC.


Windhand + All Them Witches + The Great Sabatini + Mountain Dust @ Petit Campus

Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $13 in advance online via Petit Campus and at Soundcentral, Aux 33 Tours or Cheap Thrills; $15 at the door.

Witching Hour presents Filthy Haanz + Nanimal + Superbloom + Primitive Hands @ l’Orage Club Échangiste

Witching Hour is a collective of Montrealers that includes musicians, artists, educators, writers, photographers, filmmakers and activists. All of their events feature live music and electronic DJs to supplement other media being presented, be it film, live body painting or yoga. This event will feature their usual varied lineup of live bands and electronic DJs, plus a body painting presentation, ‘an etheric healing chamber with palm reading and shamanic pracitices’ and much more.

Event starts at 9 p.m., $15 or $5 upon presentation of a POP Montreal festival pass.

Look at all these shows this week! Wowee!


Sir Richard Bishop + Tashi Dorji + Hellenica @ La Vitrola

Show starts at 8 p.m., $10 at the door or in advance via Suoni per il Popolo.

Res-erection: A Royal Phoenix Pop-Up Party @ Espace Reunion

Even though the Royal Phoenix closed its doors earlier this summer, the spirit of the Phoenix has emerged from the proverbial ashes in the form of a pop-up party at Espace Reunion (6600 Hutchison). The party, hosted by legendary queer drag artist Connie Lingua, will feature live performances until 11 p.m. by La Mécanique, Wiz Kilo, Charlie and Those Trees. DJs Sham, Maclean and JNNBNNRCK take over until 3 a.m.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., $10.

Misery Loves Co. tape launch @ Drones Club

Montreal record label Misery Loves Co. is celebrating its second round of split cassettes since its inception earlier this year. Four cassettes are being released, each a split, that means eight bands for your listening pleasure. Each band will be performing a short set; they are: Alcrete, Nennen, Silk Statue, Quel Dragon?, Drøm Før Du Dør, Squalor, Blankets and Skin Tone. The tapes will be for sale for $7 each or $20 for all four.

Show starts at 9 p.m., $5-$8 sliding scale. 

Hashed Out + Animal Ethics + Ayazi @ Deathouse

Show starts at 10 p.m.

Mad June + Moosy @ l’Escogriffe

Show starts at 10 p.m., $10 at the door. 

MEG x 10th Anniversary of Divan Orange: Tommy Kruise + Kenlo Craqnuques + Melt MTL @ Divan Orange

Show starts at 10 p.m., $10 at the door.


Zammuto + Saxsyndrum @ Casa del Popolo

Doors open at 8 p.m., $10 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $13 at the door.

The BCASA + BOIDS + Dead End Trends @ Turbo Haus

Show starts at 9 p.m.; free before 10 p.m., $10 after.

The FAPS + The Artsy Chicks + Ashleys @ l’Escogriffe

Doors open at 9 p.m., $7.


SlutdriveLooking to get in trouble tonight? I think the answer to your party needs is to make your way to Divan Orange to catch Douce Angoisse and Slutdrive. Here’s an introduction to these two bands for those unfamiliar with them.

Douce Angoisse is an electro act coming from France. Well, it’s a little bit more complicated than that. The project started in France but Adeline, the front woman, was looking for a change of scene and soon packed her luggage to take London by storm. Unhappy after a couple of years, she decided it was time to move again and now lives in Montreal. The band changed a lot since arriving and I must say it’s for the best. She’s now playing with a very talented guitar player, Olivier Gourde, and a new drummer. With a slogan like “We’re all born in the same shit”, I can guarantee you that toilet paper rolls will be flying and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Adeline jump on the drum and make sure that everybody in the room is shaking their asses off. Check out some of her videos, she’s awesome!

I met Slutdrive at a loft party I was djing at last May. Everybody was encouraged to wear jeans short and it brought a crazy atmosphere to the event. If Douce Angoisse is the electro queen, let’s say that Slutdrive are the dirty punk rockers. Their live show is the best answer to a stressful end of semester. Not convinced yet? Have a listen to their bandcamp :

The show is taking place at Divan Orange tonight. It starts at 9pm and 8$ is all you need to see these wonderful bands. Remember, soon you’ll be stuck in doors with your family dealing with some Christmas drama. Get your dancing fix before it’s too late.