shows

21.05.10
Casa Del Popolo, Montreal

(vs. Hoefizer) w/ Eluvium, Julianna Barwick

08.06.10
Casa Del Popolo, Montreal

w/ Grouper, Grimes

++ PAST ++

13.03.10
Casa Del Popolo, Montrea
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(as Ghidrah) w/ Zaimph, Tom Carter

12.03.10
Argyle Fine Arts, Halifax

for Yassine Ouhilal's art opening "Thawscapes"

11.03.10
1313 Hollis St, Halifax

w/ D/A A/D

27.02.10
Galerie Nota Bene, Montreal

(as Hi, my quiet tsar) w/ TMO+J.Vane, Cloudscapes, Valley of the Shadow of Death, Les Beyond, .cut

19.02.10
L'app'art, Trois-Rivières

(vs. Hoefizer) w/ 1-speed bike

13.02.10
L'envers, Montreal

w/ K.Lemieux/ D.Bryant/ J.Parant/ A.S-Onge/ JF. Truchy/R.Tellier-Craig + RM Seventh Order of Chaos (Red Mass)

28.11.09
Casa Del Popolo, Montreal
(as part of GHIDRAH feat. TQA/Aun/Maggot Breeder) w/ Animal Hospital, Aidan Baker, Le Chat Blanc Orchestra

27.11.09
443 Kent, Ottawa

w/ Aidan Baker, Animal Hospital, We Fled Cairo

26.11.09
L'App'art, Trois-Rivières

w/ Aidan Baker, Animal Hospital, Korvette

25.11.09
L'Agité, Quebec

w/ Aidan Baker, Animal Hospital, Millimetrik

14.11.09
Casa Del Popolo, Montreal

w/ Sianspheric, My Dad vs. Yours, Electroluminescent

30.10.09
Loft From Hell, Montreal
(improv w/ Shane Whitbread)
w/ Home Drone & François Pedneault

10.10.09
La Sala Rossa, Montreal

w/ Om, Lichens

01.10.09
Espace Réunion, Montreal

(as part of CATALOGUE synth-improv)

16.09.09
Casa Del Popolo, Montreal

w/ Aun, Nadja

27.08.09
Green Room, Montreal
(improv collab/Ghidrah) w/ Cloudscapes

26.07.09
P572 Haus, Quebec City, QC
(improv collab w/ Electroluminescent + Millimetrik) w/ Electroluminescent

12.07.2009
Piknic Electronik, Montreal

w/ Aun, de.i.te, Ben Steiner-Fleury

11.07.2009
Katacombes, Montreal
as part of GHIDRAH (with Aun + Maggot Breeder) w/ Lights of Shipwreck, Squalor, Reirea

01.06.2009
IVI, Frankfurt, DE
w/ Nadja

02.06.2009
Villa Markel, Esslingen, DE
w/ Nadja

03.06.2009
Enosteria, Brescia, IT
w/ Nadja

04.06.2009
Burida, Genoa, IT
w/ Nadja

06.06.2009
Sonic, Lyon, IT
w/ Nadja

08.06.2009
Les Instants Chavirés, Paris, FR
w/ Nadja

09.06.2009
KAW, Leverkusen, DE
w/ Nadja

10.06.2009
DB's, Utrecht, NL
w/ Nadja

11.06.2009
TAC, Eindhoven, NL
w/ Nadja

12.06.2009
Markhalle, Hamburg, DE
w/ Nadja

13.06.2009
Schokoladen, Berlin, DE
w/ Nadja

16.06.2009
XT3, Prague, CZ
w/ Nadja

17.06.2009
Klub Re, Krakow, PL
w/ Nadja

18.06.2009
Pod Minoga, Poznan, PL
w/ Nadja

19.06.2009
UFA, Warsaw, PL
w/ Nadja

20.06.2009
Ucho, Gdynia, PL
w/ Nadja

21.06.2009
Alter Ego, Szczecin, PL
w/ Nadja

{ PAST SHOWS }

24.05.2009
Zoobizarre
w/ Lineland, Animal Hospital, Mark Templeton

03.05.2009
Friendship Cove
Sunday Punk Matinée, Vol.3

02.05.2009
Loft From Hell

w/ Junius, Squalor, Bridges To Dream, Maggot Breeder

12.04.2009
Phog Lounge, Windsor

w/ Electroluminescent, What Seas What Shores

11.04.2009
EVAC, London (ON)

w/ Electroluminescent, Exit 2012

05.04.2009
Cagibi

Sunday Afternoon Drones

w/ Aun, The Montreal Nintendo Orkestar, Maggot Breeder, de.i.te, Hoefizer, Cloudscapes, Electroluminescent, Shane Whitbread, Anti-School Year

27.03.2009
L'envers

w/ Romance of Young Tigers, Dora Bleu, Please Don't Put Charles On The Money

12.03.2009
Casa Del Popolo

w/ Caspian

31.01.2009
Casa Del Popolo

w/ Arms and Sleepers, The Baltic Sea , Depost Through The

12.12.2008
Cagibi

w/ S.Cibo, .cut & Friends, Stochastique

01.11.2008
(((Collaboration with AUN + Maggot Breeder)))

Loft From Hell
w/ Holoscene

23.10.2008
Casa Del Popolo
w/ Nadja, .cut & Maggot Breeder, Whilst

18.10.2008
(((SYNTH-SET as hi_my_quiet_tsar)))
Cagibi
w/ Le Chat Blanc Orchestra, Electroluminescent & Kolumkilli

14.09.2008
Petit Campus
w/ AUN, Maggot Breeder, Thierry Gauthier

13.09.2008
Zoobizarre
w/ Lymbyc Systym, This Will Destroy You

25.08.2008
Sneaky Dee's, Toronto
w/ Elika, Holoscene

24.08.2008
P572 Haus, Quebec City
w/ Elika

23.08.2008
Casa Del Popolo
w/ Arms and Sleepers, Elika, Apillow

16.07.2008
La Sala Rossa
w/ Olafur Arnalds, Saccidananda

21.06.2008
Friendship Cove
w/ Place Hands, Saccidananda

15.06.2008
Divan Orange
w/ Apillow

12.04.2008
Pepperjack's Cafe, Hamilton
w/ Aidan Baker, Millimetrik, Electroluminescent

11.04.2008
Trepid House , Waterloo
w/ Mahogany Frog, Millimetrik, Gregory Pepper

10.04.2008
Mitzi's Sister, Toronto
w/ Whisper Room, Millimetrik, Electroluminescent

29.03.2008
Textures Series @ Cagibi
w/ Des Cailloux et du Carbone, Turner of Wheels, saibotuk

27.03.2008
Ninkasi du Faubourg, Quebec City
w/ Electroluminescent

26.03.2008
CD LAUNCH @ Zoobizarre
w/ Millimetrik, Electroluminescent

15.02.2008
Wasted City Studios, Burlington VT
w/ Arms and Sleepers, Vitals

16.02.2008
Casa Del Popolo
w/ Arms and Sleepers, .cut & Maggot Breeder, The Fade-out

01.03.2008
Tapageur, Sherbrooke
w/ Millimetrik

06.03.2008
Casa Del Popolo
w/ Nadja, Aidan Baker, Dog Bless You

18.11.2007
Cagibi
w/ Aidan Baker, The Pacific Theater

03.11.2007
Twin Peaks, Boston/Jamaica Plain (MA)
w/ Elika, Arms and Sleepers, Motionless

02.11.2007
The Underscore , NYC (NY)
w/ Elika, Arms and Sleepers, Projekt Skyward

31.10.2007
Casa Del Popolo
w/ Armless Ensemble, Shane Whitbread

04.10.2007
L'Agite, Quebec City
w/ Voila & Le Chat Blanc Orchestra

25.09.2007
La Sala Rossa
w/ Ulrich Schnauss, Millimetrik

16.08.2007
Casa Del Popolo
w/ Kimika, Proeliis Fere

15.07.2007
L'Absynthe
w/ Darcin, GoldSword

25.07.2007
Zoobizarre
w/ Caspian, Junius

05.04.2007
ZooBizarre
w/ AUN

27.01.2007
Casa Del Popolo
w/ Elika, Millimetrik

18.11.2006
Casa Del Popolo
w/ Troum, Tim Hecker, Aidan Baker

15.10.2006
Main Hall
w/ People for Audio, Small Sails

19.09.2006
Avant Garde Bar, Ottawa
w/ Elika, Electroluminescent, Shane Whitbread

14.07.2006
CB's Gallery, NYC (NY)
w/ Elika, Dead Leaf Echo

22.06.2006
Zoobizarre
w/ Armless Ensemble

16.12.2005
Atom Heart
w/ Ixe-13, Snowflake


ALL SHOWS IN MONTREAL UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE


RETRANSCRIPTS OF LOST THISQUIETARMY INTERVIEWS...

HAMMER SMASHED JAZZ (MAY 2009)
7KETTLES (FEBUARY 2008)

 


 

HAMMER SMASHED JAZZ INTERVIEW (MAY 2009)
by Beau Handy

 

1. So, the band name...I really love it. What's the story behind it?

There isn’t any real particular story; it’s just a pretty accurate representation of my identity and artistic endeavours. I’ve always been into the whole one-man army thing, trying to do everything on my own, being as independent as I can in every aspect of life. I’m also a pretty quiet person, I guess.

2. What were you doing before you started Thisquietarmy? Were you involved in any other bands prior?

I started playing music like 8 years ago and founded my first and only band, Destroyalldreamers in 2002. We released 2 albums on Where Are My Records in 2004 and 2007, and an 12” EP on Claire’s Echo (Clairecords subsidiary) in 2006. We are heavily influenced by 90’s shoegaze and early post-rock. The band still exists; we’re just on hiatus until we all re-center our lives towards it again.

3. You strike me as someone who might have a background in the visual arts, or some sort of design. Have you studied art, and if so, how has that informed your music?

I actually don’t have a background in visual arts, nor have I had any kind of training in arts or music.  I’m self-taught. However before I started doing music, I did a lot of painting and drawing. It’s almost as if I switched mediums of expression and left the visual arts behind to make sounds instead. Incidentally, it was to create visual and cinematic music. On the other hand, my visual arts have evolved into graphic design & artistic direction such as for album artworks, flyers, and merch-related stuff. I also make my own visual projections that I use specifically for my live shows, which I hope to do a DVD-release in the future.

My real background is scientific, I have a bachelor in mechanical engineering and I work as an engineer in the hydroelectric domain. I realized that while it isn’t exactly possible, my perspective of the “real” world is probably what influences my art and music the most.

4. You seem to have found a kindred spirit in Aidan Baker. When did you first hook up with him, and how long did it take before you guys decided to work on Orange?

I met Aidan through my band Destroyalldreamers, I think he was the one who first contacted us and he had set up a show for us in Toronto with his band Mnemosyne in 2005, and we’ve kept in touch since. By then, Aidan was more involved in his solo career than with Nadja and I was only starting to take my side-project seriously. Tracks were sent back and forth in early 2006 and it took a few months of procrastination to finish Orange.

5. You recently did another release with Aidan, but this time you guys actually jammed together right? Funny, even though the process (and the result) was different the final product still had that signature sound.

Yes, our newest album A Picture of a Picture (Killer Pimp) was played and recorded live and almost left intact. It feels quite bared and naked to me because I always hear a whole bunch of things that could sound differently and I personally like to explore the different possibilities in studio, to de-construct and re-construct captured sounds in various ways. It was sort of difficult for me to just to leave things as they are and relinquish that kind of control over the tracks. However I am proud of it because it shows exactly how both approaches to composition and recording have their worth, as much for meticulous studio tracking and live improvisations captured in the moment.

6. I must admit that I was a bit late in finding your music... but my first TQA purchase was the Blackhaunter CD on Elevation. You have to tell us a bit about Boyd Devereaux. Sounds like quite the renaissance man.

Elevation is run by both Joe Greenwald and Boyd Devereaux, though I mostly deal with Joe. Having a hockey player involved in a record label for experimental music is just somewhat a cool and funny thing at the same time! In the same way, being involved with Foreshadow, a polish doom metal label - seeing as I don’t listen to metal much (though I can definitely see links with my stuff), just makes these kind of relationships special. Anyway, after Elevation offered me a release, I did meet Boyd at one of my gig in Toronto a few months later. I never expected him to show up, but he said that he saw me in the show listing of the weekly papers the night of the show and decided to make an appearance, it was amazing! Apparently he really enjoyed my set and I think he was really glad to be releasing my album at that point. Joe told me that he had left him a half hour message on his answering machine, raving about it!

7. The next release of yours I grabbed was the Christy Romanick book that you soundtracked. For me, having a book and a CD is like the ultimate experience. Its like liner notes times 1000. What was the genesis behind that project? Will we see similar projects in the future?

Christy and I have been friends for a few years now, and we’ve always admired each other’s work. It was just a matter of time before a collaboration of this calibre was due, even though she had already contributed to a few CD artworks for me. Basically, she pitched me the idea and sent me the photos that would make the book, and I worked out a conceptual piece from them. Because I had recorded a lot of small tracks that were not necessarily of the same mood, I decided to split them into categories that would work in the context of the subject. The book is limited to 75 copies, and was recently picked up and re-released by Alien8 Recordings as a digital release only --- which includes the PDF of the book and an exclusive 15-minutes track to make it a full-length.

I really like the idea of combining visuals & sounds together, and taking on collaborations. There are indeed similar projects in the works; the most concrete one is with my friend Meryem Yildiz (www.nitescence.net). She did photography for the last Destroyalldreamers’ album, Wish I Was All Flames, and she also contributed a set of thisquietarmy-themed photographs which will be included with the exclusive tour CD for Europe. She also sings on one track on Unconquered, so maybe I’ll have her sing more for her book as well.

 8. I really enjoyed the Hi My Quiet Tsar release, which is you doing all synth stuff. Is this a one-off thing or a continuing project?

It’s something that I started for fun when I acquired a Moog MG-1 on craigslist, but I’m not sure how I feel about this project yet. I guess because I haven’t put that much time into it, so I don’t feel comfortable to present it as a serious project. I’m still in my early phases of experimentation. I did the limited 3” release for an one-off synth-only performance, which I played under the name Hi My Quiet Tsar… but I decided to give it up for free as thisquietarmy, just to keep everything under a single entity. This is definitely a direction that I intend to explore more, at some point… or at least to use more synths in thisquietarmy’s music, which is 95% guitar-based.

9. You also have a record label. Is the label still active? Also, why use the band name as the label name?

At first, I didn’t intend for the label to be an actual label, which is why I chose the band name as the label name, as a vehicle to self-release my first EP Wintersleeper. Then I thought I did a pretty good job with it, I had some distribution going on and the promotion seemed to be working, so why not help some of my friends who I thought deserved a release. That’s how I put out Shane Whitbread’s EP, he’s the one who really got me into effect pedals and I’ve always pushed him to release some of his own work.

Then I met Elika, a boy/girl electro dream-pop/shoegazer duo from NYC, and released their EP – followed by the first TQA/Aidan Baker Orange EP. Next was Le Chat Blanc Orchestra, which features Mathieu Grisé the other guitarist from Destroyalldreamers with Pascal Asselin (Millimetrik), also drummer from Below The Sea (who is also on Where Are My Records). Electroluminescent is Ryan Ferguson, a one-man psychedelic ambient band from Hamilton who deserves much praise, we met on a Destroyalldreamers/Below The Sea tour and I did a release of his EP Measures, which is now out on vinyl via Black Mountain Music (everyone should get it - contact Ryan directly to get a copy). Finally, The Sales Department is Beef Terminal’s electronic-oriented/computer-based project, and Apillow is the work of Patrick Lacharité, also from Below The Sea (who also recorded the first Destroyalldreamers album).

As you can see, I’ve pretty much kept it in the family and I really wish I could’ve kept going and do more but I really lack time and energy, especially with my numerous projects and 40 hrs a week work schedule. Ironically, the label sort of took a turn back to the original intent as to release my own material at my own pace, such as for Hi My Quiet Tsar and the tour CD for my upcoming European tour with Nadja. I do have one future release planned: it’s a split for Elika and Auburn Lull, both dream-pop/shoegaze bands from NYC and Michigan respectively. It will also feature remixes by thisquietarmy and it will come out this year hopefully.

10. Favorite Sabbath song? (this one I ask everyone)

Um… I’m sorry to say that uh… I don’t have one. Haha. 
(Okay, here comes the boo-ing and rotten tomatoes).

11. Tell us about the future of Thisquietarmy. I have to say I'm really hoping for some vinyl, maybe some cassettes at some point? Your sound seems perfectly fitted for either format.

Well, I’m about to leave for Europe to play shows with Nadja & Aidan Baker from June 1st to 21st in Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Czech Republic and Poland. This will be my first real tour and I’m really excited about that.

Collaboration-wise, I have a new noise-drone project with my friends Aun & Maggot Breeder (both ambient/noise from Montreal), we’re called Ghidrah and we haven’t jammed yet even though the idea was stemmed from a tag-team show that we did last fall. I’m also working on a collaboration album with Yellow6 from the UK, we recorded when he was in town back in march. There’s a whole bunch of other collaborations with other people in the works, but it’s too early to talk about.

As for thisquietarmy releases, I am not rushing into anything at this point, having released 2 albums last year. I might have a CD release with Alien8 Recordings in the near future. I am definitely looking into release stuff on vinyl, I haven’t had any definitive offers for that format yet. I’m hoping that the European tour will open doors for new releases and also for the re-releases of Unconquered and Blackhaunter on vinyl… so heads-up to any interested labels! I’d also like to combine my first two EPs, Wintersleeper & Echotone with rare comp. tracks for a re-release in CD & vinyl, but maybe it’s still early for that. Cassettes seem to be more for noise-oriented artists I guess, but I think it’s great that people still make them, and I’d be opened to them. I’ll just wait for the offers to come in after I finish my tour, and see what I can pick from. Hopefully opportunities will come knocking!

 


 

7KETTLES.COM INTERVIEW (FEBUARY 2008)
by Lukasz Warna-Wieslwaski

 

Lukasz Warna-Wieslawski from Poland has conducted an email-interview with Thisquietarmy. Very good questions, I actually had a hard time answering them, mostly because I haven't thought much about this whole TQA process. Everything I've done was done on a day-to-day basis, it's kinda hard to keep track. So it was good to sit down and analyze the things I've been doing. Thank you Lukasz!

You can read all about it, in polish on his 7kettles.com blog here:
http://7kettles.com/2008/02/06/jego-cicha-armia-wywiad-z-erikiem-quachem/

The original english version of the Q&A is posted below for all of you polish illiterates... including myself. I don't have the introduction translation, unfortunately.

++

1. You're releasing your first longplay as Thisquietarmy in Poland. How did you find that label Foreshadow?

I discovered Foreshadow with the release of Nadja's Corrasion album. I sent a few demos to labels around the world and Foreshadow was one of those interested. Being a label and distributor that mainly deals with dark metal music, I thought it was pretty open-minded of them to be interested in releasing something that is somewhat different than what they usually promote. I think it's a great opportunity to try and reach a wider audience from a different angle.

2. You run your own label, why not release by your own?

This Quiet Army Records was created to release a very limited quantity of short-length CDs. The reason for that is that we do not have the time, money, network connections and resources that are proportional to the promotional demands of a full-length album. In exchange, we put the emphasis on artsy handmade CD packaging and try to make each release special and unique, which usually works better for bands that are starting out.

3. The title is Unconquered - is it how the album will sound? Tracks from the promo single sound rather intriguing and mystic than epic.

The single is just one piece of the album's story- it doesn't show the whole spectrum of the album, which is quite varied. As a whole, it's a musical journey that goes from ambient to some more uplifting shoegaze/post-rock songs and even includes some heavier doom-influenced sounds. The album is definitely telling a story, it has this kind of war-themed concept, which is reflected in one person's individuality, integrity and principles. I also did the artwork for the inside of the CD booklet in relation to the conceptual theme of the album.

4. On your Myspace page you note lot of sad and tragic influences. Any space for uplifting sounds in your compositions?

Yes I suppose so. There may already be a couple of uplifting songs on the new album for a change, which conveys more hopeful themes.

5. How does work on Thisquietarmy differ from Destroyalldreamers? How did you start this project?

With the years, Destroyalldreamers have become more and more collective and democratic. When you unleash an idea in the context of a band, you surrender the control over that idea and it gets transformed with the input of everyone to become something completely different than what you expected in the first place. Even though a band have more people playing different instruments, it can also become limiting because everyone can have different opinions and the band's chemistry can become redundant, which can also limit the scope of compositions.

Thisquietarmy started with a personal, daily creative need that was breaking out of the band's mould. The limitations of being the lone musician have allowed me to challenge and push the type of composition further, because you have to be a lot more creative to accomplish what a band could do with minimal skills and instrumentations, especially for live performances. It's also a lot easier to get things done alone – bedroom recording-style, and to have the freedom to decide everything by yourself.
           
6. You've recently worked with Aidan Baker, guy from Nadja. How is he? How did the collaboration look like?

Aidan Baker is a master at what he does - but he's also a simple and mellow guy, it's very easy to work with him. On our first collaboration, the "Orange" EP (This Quiet Army Records, 2006), we swapped tracks by the mail, layered them over and edited the pieces together. The reviewer from Brainwashed.com best described the results as "terror ambient" – one long piece comprised of several different movements. We also recorded an improvised live session last autumn but we haven't really touched these tracks since. It will require some mixing work and overdubs before we decide what to do with it.
 

7. You're from Montreal. I always wondered what's with that city, that so many good sounds come from there. Can you tell me something about Montreal scene? What about music-related people there?

In the Montreal, almost everyone is an artist or a musician. It's relatively cheap to live here and you can get by with little. A lot of people move to Montreal for that reason and try to "make it" here and a lot of bands from outside want to perform here, but it's not that simple. While the scene can be supportive, it can also be very competitive at the same time. Unless you are known around the world, you need a base support of local musicians and be part of a certain community or clique. I think that the best local bands are those who are still unknown to the world.

8. Have you ever met Constellation-related people? Are those Godspeed You!-related projects inspiration for you?

I've been a fan of Constellation & the Godspeed bands since it's near beginning; I would be lying if I pretended that they didn't inspire me, both musically and scene-wise. I have met some of them, as they are always hanging all over the city, at shows.

9. Since you're releasing Unconquered in Poland I hope we'll see you here live, right?

I would love to play there, I hope it happens too!

 

 
             

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