Corridor (Sub Pop), Deeper, THX

Tue. Mar 10, 2020 at 9:00pm EDT
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Tuesday March 10 


Corridor /subpop/ Montreal 

Deeper Firetalk /chicago

THX /Debut Show/ Gainesville


$10 advance $12 day of show

at The Atlantic: 15 N Main Street, Gainesville FL 32601




Corridor are a group from Montreal and their Sub Pop debut, Junior, was made just yesterday. The rock’n’roll band had barely inked their record deal when they surfed into studio, racing against time to make the most dazzling, immediate and inventive album of their young career: 39 minutes of darting and dodging guitars, spiraling vocal harmonies, and the complicated, goldenrod nostalgia of a Sunday mid-afternoon.

This ain’t Corridor’s first rodeo. Junior is the band’s third full-length and their third recorded with their friend, producer (and occasionally roommate) Emmanuel Ethier. However 2015’s Le Voyage Éternel and 2017’s Supermercado were made languorously, their songs taking shape across whole seasons. This time Dominic Berthiaume (vocals/bass), Julian Perreault (guitar), Jonathan Robert (vocals/guitar/synths), and Julien Bakvis (drums) permitted themselves no such indulgence. The band were committed to releasing an album every two years, and for Junior it required a blitz. “If you want to release something this fall, we need the masters by the 10th of May,” the label had warned them. Winter was already in its last throes: on March 1, Corridor went into studio; in mid-April, Corridor came out. They had somehow created Junior and it was, if we may be so bold, spectacular. 

Singers, two guitars, bass, drums: the timelessness of the setup underpins the timelessness of the sound, a rock’n’roll borrowing from each of the past six decades—punk and pop, psych and jangle, daydream and swoon. This is music that’s muscular, exciting and full of love, its riffs a kind of medicine. Whereas Corridor’s past work could sometimes seem overstuffed, twenty ideas to the same song, the new work is hypnotic, distilled. “Part of the beauty of the thing is that we didn’t have time to think about it,” says Berthiaume. Six of Junior’s 10 tracks were conceived during a single weekend. The words to “Bang” were written on the eve of the sessions, as Robert began to panic: “Je payerai tôt ou tard,” he sings: I’ll pay, sooner or later. Fewer jams, fewer overdubs—no fortnight in the countryside, secluding themselves in a chalet. Even the artwork came in the nick of time: in spite of other, meticulous, masterpieces, Robert’s “shitty last-minute collage” (of an egg saying hello) was the one his bandmates went for. 

That might be Corridor’s best trick—their mixture of seriousness and whimsy. Songs like “Miscroscopie” and the standout “Domino” are purposeful, full of songcraft, even as they let loose, slip their collar. “Topographe“‘s all call and answer, like rival Cupids shooting arrows at each other across a ravine. “Pow” and “Goldie” are like hurtling racecars, or teams of horses, accelerating towards a memory. And Junior’s title track—by turns twitchy and anthemic—is in fact a tribute to Perreault, their “joueur étoile,” star player: in spite of his disappointed parents (“parents déçus”), he’s Corridor’s VIP. Junior’s ten tracks are filled with tributes like this, impressionistic portraits of characters in the band-members’ lives. Their tone is affectionate, the meaning hazy—even if you speak French.

Sub Pop have never before, in their 33-year history, signed a Francophone act. Maybe the band’s magic springs from their ingenious hooks, their topaz-tinted vision. Maybe it’s the panache of Québec’s insurgent underground scene, or the camaraderie of Robert and Berthiaume, who have played together since they were 14. Maybe it’s their name—a hallway crossed with a toreador. Probably it’s all of these, and none of them: Junior is a joy, a hasty miracle, because it’s so much damn fun to listen to. This album is 39 minutes; each day has 24 hours; you can listen 36 times before tomorrow.


Montreal’s Corridor take familiar elements but assemble and scramble them in a way you may not have heard before. There’s a twin-guitar interplay that recalls the late-’70s mutant new wave of XTC, The dB’s and The Feelies, with a sense of melody that shows a love of ‘60s psychedelia and sunshine pop. Putting a hometown twist on things, Corridor sing entirely en français. Don’t let that put you off though: the creativity and abundance of killer tunes found on their acid-baked 2017 album Supermercado breaks through the language barrier. Corridor are even better live, with a real joie de rock that knows no borders — guitars slash, harmonies soar, bodies a constant blur.

-Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan

Ça part de l’exaltante torpeur des riffs et d’un oiseau mort dans le couloir en face de la porte d’un local. Apparu en 2013, Corridor livre cette même année l’initiateur EP Un magicien en toi, qui installe sa guitar pop motorik via un rock exploratoire aux mélodies fébriles et aux capacités planantes, et lui permet d’entamer une association avec le réalisateur Emmanuel Ethier (Chocolat, Bernhari, Peter Peter) pour la suite - qui ne tarde pas : au printemps 2015, le groupe fait paraître Le voyage éternel, un premier album sur lequel les structures se concrétisent et le galvanisant des mélodies se définit.

Une première tournée européenne suit en 2016 - le quatuor est notamment programmé lors d’une Fête Souterraine, où il fait la rencontre de la mystique psych pop Halo Maud, et en résultera, quelque temps plus tard, le single collaboratif Deux coeurs. 2016 toujours, le quatuor retourne - déjà, tout le temps - en studio avec Emmanuel Ethier pour enregistrer Supermercado, qui paraît en 2017 sous Michel Records + Requiem Pour Un Twister : un deuxième album de guitar pop magnifiée où la répétition et la progression de rythmiques minimalistes et les enchevêtrements et contrepoints mélodiques s’alimentent dans de grisantes mosaïques aux horizons verticaux.

En plus de permettre au groupe de parcourir les sols européens à nouveau, le disque se retrouve sur les palmarès indépendants partout au Québec (CISM, CHYZ, CFAK, CKUT, CJLO), au Canada (earshot!), en France (Radio Campus, Férarock), et jusqu’aux USA et au UK, pour finalement se loger au #1 du Top franco de CISM à la fin de l’année (le single Coup d’épée est aussi sacré #1 Indie Rock d’Attitude Franco sur SiriusXM).

Bref ça va pas pire. Pour continuer dans les listes d’affaires importantes, notons que Corridor s’est affiché aux Francofolies de Montréal, à Pop Montreal, au Coup de coeur francophone (avec l’amie Halo Maud), à M4MTL, au FMEAT et au OUMF, en plus de se faire voir au Heart Of Glass, Heart Of Gold d’Aveyron, au Hop Pop Hop d’Orléans, à six (6) showcases à SXSW '18 et au Waking Windows de Winooski au Vermont, partageant au passage la scène avec Allah Las, White Fence, Preoccupations, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Omni, Shopping, Halo Maud, Requin Chagrin, TOPS, Chocolat, B Boys et Ulrika Spacek. On en conclura que c’est de la musique pour gens intelligents.

-Benoit Poirier, président du mon dentier

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