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Les Chiens Dogs launched MONUMENT UNIVERSEL on April 8

Vaudreuil-Dorion quartet releases debut album

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26 avril 2024
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On April 8, Vaudreuil-Dorion band Les Chiens Dogs, made up of Antoine Claude, Julien Claude, Olivier Sardi and Clémen Taillefer, launched their first career album. Earlier this Thursday, April 25, Néomédia caught up with two of the quartet's members to discuss this new opus, which features 10 original songs. 

The album, entitled MONUMENT UNIVERSEL, has been available for the past few weeks on all streaming platforms. You can listen to it via this link on Band Camp: https://chiensdog.bandcamp.com/album/monument-universel. 

“The album is a tribute to hometowns, dirt, metamorphosis and the end of the world. It's a collection of experiences, events and characters from the band's imaginary representation of our native suburb (Dorion). Recording and production were done completely independently in a barn in Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, early last summer,” explains Olivier Sardi, guitarist with the band. 

For his part, Julien Claude goes on to explain the band's musical style.“This project puts forward eclectic, slightly roomy sounds: you can hear influences from jazz, folk and spaghetti western soundtracks. It's toolbox rock, patched up with solder.Into this amalgam is woven a disjointed narrative following the footsteps of an anguished protagonist, ceaselessly pursued by his doppelganger, a modernization of the literary figure of the double as told by Edgar Allan Poe and Hans Christian Andersen.”

Where did Les Chiens Dogs get its name?“It's a gag between us. But we also wanted to wink at the use of French English terms like Bonjour Hi! Plus, it's pretty easy to remember and pronounce,” says the duo. 

In a video interview, Olivier Sardi and Julien Claude address a number of questions, including: How would you describe MONUMENT UNIVERSEL? Does the band still have ties with the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion? How did the recording and production of the album go last summer? What advice do you have for young people in the area who want to get into music? Where can you buy their album? 

Finally, Olivier and Julien talk about two upcoming shows for Les Chiens Dogs in the region, at Pointe-des-Cascades in May and at Cabaret Chez Maurice in Saint-Lazare in July.  

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