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The Sainte Catherines release new music video for “If There’s A Black Smoke Over A Building, It’s Over”

On March 21st, 2006, Montreal punks The Sainte Catherines released Dancing For Decadence on Fat Wreck Chords, a milestone for a whole Quebec punk rock generation.

On May 29th, 2016, the band played the Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Las Vegas and with the help of their favorite craft brewery, Le Trou du diable, they created a new music video for their classic tune “If There’s A Black Smoke Over A Building, It’s Over” featuring a bunch of footage from the event.

Check the video out below, and grab the 10th anniversary reissue of Dancing For Decadence on colored vinyl here.

The Sainte Catherines parted ways in 2012 but reunited to play a few fests this year. The band’s last full-length album Fire Works was released in 2010 through Anchorless Records.



A first timer’s impressions of Punk Rock Bowling 2016

Punk Rock Bowling came and went this Memorial Day weekend in a sun-seared flash and for the first time, I was burning with it. I dragged my pretty green eyes out of the pretty green city I call home and took my first step to a weekend of firsts. First fest, first plane trip, first time in Vegas.

This won’t be a thorough recount of setlists. I don’t know enough of every band’s catalog to make that happen. This is intended as a way to capture what Punk Rock Bowling is, for those of us who haven’t themselves to first yet. This is about the experience, because the experience transcends a festival lineup.

You can read the tale of my first trip to Punk Rock Bowling in its entirety below.



Medictation streams new album “Warm Places”

Canadian band Medictation (featuring members of Leatherface and The Sainte Catherines) has released their debut album today.  Called Warm Places, the album was put out through Paper + Plastick.  You can stream it here.

Sadly, this album was Leatherface frontman Dickie Hammond’s final release, as he passed away this past November.

 

 



RawCut Media release Fat Wreck Chords 25 year anniversary compilation video

The fine folks at RawCut Media have put together a little compilation video for Fat Wreck Chords’ 25th anniversary.  The video features performance footage from the Fat Wrecked for 25 years tour, as well as interview snippets from members of Strung Out, Lagwagon, and The Sainte Catherines.  Check it out below.



Video: The Sainte Catherines’ 15th anniversary show recap, feat. Fat Mike of NOFX

As you may already know, Montreal based punk rockers, The Sainte Catherines reunited last month at the Amnesia Rockfest for their 15th anniversary. Below is a recap video of the show they put on during the weekend. It also feature comments by NOFX’s frontman Fat Mike.

The Sainte Catherines parted ways in 2012. They last released an album entitled “Fire Works” through Anchorless records back in 2010. Listen to it on the band’s bandcamp here.



New Music: Powernap (feat. Hugo from the Sainte Catherines) – “Love Slow, Die Whenever”

If you haven’t heard of Powernap (which, admittedly, I hadn’t until about twelve minutes ago), they’re a veritable Quebecois punk rock supergroup featuring members of the Heisenbeards, Brixton Robbers and, of course, Hugo Mudie of The Sainte Catherines. The band recently debuted the lyric video for the track “Live Slow, Die Whenever.” Check it out below.

“Live Slow, Die Whenever” is slated to appear on the band’s forthcoming release. Not sure of many more details yet, but it’ll be out on Asian Man Records. Stay tuned…



Miracles (folk project from ex Sainte Catherines singer Hugo Mudie) to release new album this year

According to a recent tweet made by former singer of The Sainte Catherines Hugo Mudie, there will be a new Miracles album released sometime this year. Here’s what he tweeted:

“We are done tracking the new @MiraclesBand album. What a trip! 6 months. 15 sessions. We are stoked!”

We’ll keep you posted as more details on a new album from Miracles come to light. You can hear some of the band’s previous material below.



Some Thoughts on the Value of Music: Revisiting The Sainte Catherines’ Dancing for Decadence

If you’re like me and grew up listening earnestly to all kinds of music, there are certain records you came upon in the process of your musical education that left an indelible impression in your psyche. Their unique mood and aura you came to associate with a certain defining period of your life, and so every time you hear them anew it inevitably triggers an endorphin-choked wave of nostalgia.

Across my complete musical gamut–from Pink Floyd to Pixies, from Pennywise to Pavement–I have records like that; the associated memories are so powerful it’s impossible to wrench them away from the music. I feel that way, say, about …And Out Come the Wolves and Dude Ranch. Is ‘Ruby Soho’ that good? Beats me, but hearing it transports me to such a golden and untroubled mental garden, I couldn’t care less if Lester Bangs himself came back from the grave to expose how it incontrovertibly is the worst song in punk rock history. It would remain just as powerful for me.

Then there are those even rarer and singular records that transcend your mood, your feelings, and whatever phase of your life you are going through; records whose resonance is DNA-deep and will never change inside of you: they will remain just as jarring, as inexplicably enthralling as the first time you heard them, not because they bring back fond memories of youthful days, but rather because the magic of these records is above your memories, superior to them, reaching to a higher, more discerning, more perceptive region of your cortex that overrides pretty much everything else. They are the truly timeless albums.

Every music aficionado, after years of obsessive listening and pondering, can point to a few such records. But it’s not a title that is lightly bestowed; it comes at the end of a long process of personal canonization, after you’ve left an album lying fallow for a couple of years, long after your initial love affair with it has gently mellowed–you put it back on only to discover that nothing has changed: its visceral power has remained unaltered, and that realization is oddly reassuring.

I feel that way about Songs of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits’ Closing Time. I feel that way about Ok Computer and Sigur Ros’ Agætis Byrjun, about Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and PJ’s Ten. I feel that way about Punk in Drublic, Let’s Talk About Feelings and, more to the point, The Sainte Catherines‘ only Fat Wreck Chords release Dancing for Decadence.

In talking about Dancing for Decadence, it doesn’t suffice to say that it was in my opinion a comparable if not superior record to many of its brethren circa 2006. Hot Water Music’s The New What Next comes to mind, and obviously Leatherface’s Dog Disco, also Good Riddance’s Republic, Off With Their Heads’ From the Bottom, and D4’s CIVIL WAR. Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate all these fine records immensely, but the comparison is meaningless; it’s the synaptic connection I have with that album that renders all the others inconsequential.

Sure, all these albums have common elements, whether it’s gritty vocals, driving distortion-heavy guitars overwhelming the whole sonic surface, a melodic sensibility coupled with a hardcore aesthetic, or a DIY ethos, and sure it bothers me a tad that in the pantheon of that specific punk undercurrent the above-mentioned records stand as exemplars of the genre while Dancing for Decadence remains an underdog of sorts, a fan favourite perhaps, one of those OK releases from that year.

‘I’d Rather Be Part of the Dying Bungee Scene’ is not just an OK song. With its lyrics both bleak and brave, the perfectly balanced melodic hardcore structure, and the ever-surprising arrhythmic measure in both verses, it stands, both musically and lyrically, as perhaps the most memorable punk song about the emotional harshness of being in an underground DIY punk band. And if that one isn’t enough there’s always ‘Emo-ti-con: Punk Rock Expert,’ which delivers with Hugo Mudie’s raw gravelly voice a few lines certainly all too familiar to anyone who’s ever struggled making music: ‘You’re losing money. You’re losing me. You’re losing friends.’

It doesn’t suffice to mention the lyrics in passing. Mudie is a sensitive, sincere and thoughtful lyricist, and Dancing for Decadence is filled with little gems of that sort:

‘What about being poor as a stand?

What about being proud of being fucked?

I don’t like what’s pretty, I like what’s real.

What about finding beauty where it’s not supposed to be?’

We can’t just hear Mudie’s lyrics with detachment, or try to ignore them; they’re delivered with such urgency, and the music is so enmeshed with the message, so goddamned honest and raw and overflowing, it can’t do otherwise but move us to a shared understanding. It’s a rare thing in punk. Hell, it’s a rare thing in rock & roll and pop. It’s a rare thing in music.

But in the end it’s not about the objective quality of each song, about their value as art, or about the rightful place of that colossal album in the Punk Rock canon. This piece isn’t just about The Sainte Catherines or one of their records. Sure, I think Dancing for Decadence was (and is) an underrated record by an outstanding punk band, but it isn’t so much what I’m getting at. It’s about the power of music to move us; it’s about the uncanny effect that a bunch of songs with a distinctive sound organized in a certain pattern can have on us; it’s about how certain records set everything right in our heads whenever we hear them.

It seems simplistic and cliché, but sometimes these simple ideas turn out to be the ones that truly matter. Music isn’t merely fodder to superimpose on the white noise of our mundane lives–well, some of it is–but has the power to shift our perception and turn a dull forgettable day into a once in a lifetime event; when we put them on, these mystic records become the soundtrack to the Hollywood super-production of that very instant, unfolding right before our eyes, and starring our own ecstatic selves, fully aware and blazingly awake through the music.

Everyone should have a few special records like that.

So then to the Saint Cats:

Thanks guys, I owe you a beer and a hug, at the very least.



Miracles (ex-Sainte Catherines) stream their side of split w/ The Hunters

Folk-punk band Miracles (featuring ex-Sainte Catherines members Hugo Mudie and Fred Jacques) are streaming their side of the split 7-inch they just released with The Hunters.

You can check it out right here.

The band released their self-titled debut album on October 9th, 2012 through Asian Man Records.



Hugo Mudie and Fred Jacques (Sainte Catherines) announce debut album “Miracles”, stream new track

Hugo Mudie and Fred Jacques from recently defunct French-Canadian punk act The Sainte Catherines have formed a new folky, singer/songwriter style band and on October 9th they will release their debut album through Asian Man Records.

The album will be titled “Miracles” and you can stream the track “Don’t Waste Another Sunday,” from it right here.



Hugo Mudie and Fred Jacques of Sainte Catherines to release folky album

Hugo and Fred are from recently defunct French-Canadian punk act The Sainte Catherines are forging ahead with new music. It will be less aggressive and more centered around singer/songwriter styled in the setting of a “Chuck Ragan and the Revival Tour” sound.

The duo will be releasing an album in October through Asian Man Records. Listen to a live track here.



Interview: Hugo Mudie (The Sainte Catherines) talks about Pouzza Fest and what fans can expect

Montreal, Quebec, is a city known for hosting festivals such as the Jazz Fest and Just For Laughs, but up until last year, the only punk music festival to hit Montreal was the travelling punk circus otherwise known as Warped Tour. Hugo Mudie, frontman for The Sainte Catherines, decided to change that, and did so with a multi-venue, three day punk rock extravaganza, and appropriately named it after Montreal hangover food, a mix between a pizza and a poutine.

Now that Pouzza Fest is going to be running for its second time, Mudie took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to sit down and discuss some of the changes fans can expect this time around. You can read the interview in its entirety here.

Pouzza Fest will be running from May 18th to May 20th, and for the full schedule and list of all of the awesome bands you can check out at Pouzza this year, head here.



The Sainte Catherines releasing new music with new photobook

French-Canadian punk act The Sainte Catherines recently announced their eminent demise, but it looks like fans will still be able to get their hands on new music from the band.  Through the their official website the group has announced that they will be releasing a photobook consisting of photos taken by professional photographer Jimmi Francoeur since the recording sessions of their last album “Fire Works”, back in 2010. When you purchase the book, you instantly get to download 2 new songs and 3 bonus acoustic tracks. Plus you’ll get the Deluxe Edition CD inserted in the photobook when we ship it out in April.

You can get more details on the book itself and pre-order it here.



Joey Cape (Lagwagon) released a split with Hugo Mudie (Sainte Catherines)

Huh.  Not sure how this one escaped our attention originally but last month a split 12″ was released between Joey Cape of Lagwagon and Hugo Mudie of The Sainte Catherines.  It contains 2 new songs from each artist and is the debut recording for Hugo as a solo artist, with one new original song and a cover of Bright Eyes ” First Day Of My Life”.

The album is being released on vinyl only and apparently the first pressing sold out pretty fast.  The record is in stock again, however, and you can order a copy here.



The Sainte Catherines announce break-up

Canadian punk rockers in The Sainte Catherines have decided to call it quits. The band has been together since 1999. From the statement:

“We are who we are because of this band. Our 20′s and early 30′s went spent traveling thoughout 14 countries and playing over 700 shows. 12 years of our lives, organized around tours, jamming and everything else that comes with it, whether it be good or bad. The feeling now, is that we have accomplished what we set out to do. Whether it was the good days or the bad months, the memories that will last forever.

What will we miss most about these past years? Things like, dumb jokes in the van, stupidities in hotel rooms, eating boiled peanuts while swimming in the ocean, that peculiar look from that unknown woman, and of course… the music. Although the music only seemed to be the pretext to our unique friendship. “I’ll miss the boys…”

You can read the full statement here.

The band plans on one more run of shows. Dates and locations have not been announced yet. The bands last album “Fire Works” was released in 2010 on Anchorless Records.