It was a beautiful, somewhat mild Thursday evening. I finished my 9-5 and I had the pleasure of making my way up the main to go meet up with the local band The Franklin Electric and their manager Henry. I got to The Sala Rossa around 6ish where Henry greeted me while the band was doing their sound check. Let me tell you it sounded great, but I will get to that a bit later.
Henry and I talked about the early success of the band and about his own career telling me he previously managed the late Bad New Brown. He definitely knows what he is doing and has a plan for this band; once sound check was done I sat down with the members of the band to get to know them a bit more to help with this article. We chatted for a good 15 minutes before the band had to go have their supper before their big show as part of the Under The Snow Festival. I then proceed to kill time as well, I decided to go for a walk and discovered this local brew pub Dieu du Ciel. They had an impressive lineup of brews. Delicious!
Now on to the show, the first band to play was The Great Novel an indie folk band from Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Not knowing this band I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the energy and talent they had. From the first note I knew we were in for a good time. Endrick Tremblay, took control of the packed hall with his beautiful and commanding voice. You could tell he was loving every second of this performance and so was the crowd. They played a tight set, highlighted by classic a mandolin vs. harmonica duet. Pascal Bonneville was solid on the mandolin. He made it sound raw and powerful for such a tiny instrument while Endrick rocked it on the harmonica. Having spoken to Endrick after the show he pointed out to me that this was their first show in a while well it didn’t show, I strongly suggest you check them out.
Next up was Heirloom, an Orchestral Folk group from Montreal, Quebec. When this group stepped on stage I was not sure what I was going to witness and hear. Here came out four women, and two guys; most dressed like they were back in the 70’s having a good time; loose, relaxed and not wearing shoes. The group started playing a cool, calm and southing melody; we then discovered the voice of Lisa Malachowski. She has a unique voice that is charming and full of heart. The crown was digging this performance as they were spot on, little to relaxing for me being a metal fan but yet I can appreciate the talent this group had and it works. They sounded amazing, props to the sound techs where given on this night and rightfully so.
Finally, it was time for Montreal’s own self proclaimed alternative folk pop band The Franklin Electric. This talented band is headed by Jon Matte. He told me he writes mostly in his basement studio to song form (sketch) then brings in the band that works on arrangement. Lately they have been learning more and more how to write as a band. Let me tell you, it really works and this collection of musicians came out with a bang this summer with their debut album This is How I Let You Down which the title song has gone on to enjoy success being on rotation on CHOM FM.
Being impressed with their album the question was how would they perform live? What will they sound like? These questions were all answered after a strong set that lasted approximately an hour. These guys are as solid as it gets. The live show is definitely something that should not be missed folks. From the minute they stepped foot on stage the crowd was in awe and so was I. Jon didn’t waste time getting comfortable in front of this enthusiastic crowd even if he admitted that it was always and will always be awkward being in front of a live crown. They played about a dozen songs including their hits This is How I Let You Down, and Unsatisfied. All songs are beautifully carved with intense lyrics and musical arrangements that make you feel the story that is being told. They even told us they saw the best Flamenco singer downstairs and decided to give it a good go himself. If you were lucky enough to be part of this experience you were singing along, shouting for more and clapping in pure appreciation for what this band is! I could go on and one, be more specific but really don’t have to you just have to check these guys out as soon as you can! They will be touring Quebec and Ontario in the near future check you listings and get out there people!
One a closing not this was a fun night of unforgettable musical talents. I leave you with these three funny questions I asked The Franklin Electric before they electrified the crowd at The Sala Rossa.
Where does the name Franklin Electric come from?
The name was just an old name I honestly didn’t know what the call the band and ah, my friend said oh ah somebody got fired from the franklin electric the electric company it was kinda inspired from that, then I heard about the Benjamin Franklin Experiment where he flew the kit to discover electricity blah blah blah its very ah its not a very deep meaning
Who is your favorite super hero? (I was wearing a Flash T-shirt)
Astro Boy, that was the last show I ever watched with Paul. Picture me and Paul watching Astro Boy two grown men, the last tv show we have watched together. My best friend died and we watch that as the last movie before he passed away.
A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
The penguin would say ‘heard you needed a trumpet player for the mariachi band’!
Written & Photograged by Eric Brisson Eric Brisson Photography