Essaie pas

Montreal-based electronic duo Essaie pas is comprised of Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau. Both are respected musicians in their own right – Marie having released two acclaimed solo records, with Pierre being best known for production work on underground Canandian musicians such as Dirty Beaches and Femminelli. Essaie pas was born on a hot summer night in 2010, releasing some ultra-limited singles which culminated in their debut LP, Nuit de noce (Teenage Menopause Records) in 2013. The mix of drawling guitars, français mumbles, and minimal electronics caught the ear of DFA Records, who booked the pair to open for Factory Floor on their first North American tour.
The origin story of Demain est une autre nuit begins when the band returned from their first European tour to find that their practice space and studio, La Brique, had fallen victim to the city’s rapid gentrification and closed permanently. Conflicts with their landlord had also left them without an apartment, leading them to return to Montreal in January without many prospects. They lucked into a temporary practice space during off-hours at the offices of Le Filles Electriques, an independent music festival promoter. This space soon became Pierre’s new studio, and Marie’s new home. The many corridors of the building also provided a way for Marie to work out in the frigid Montreal winters, running “everywhere possible, listening to techno, acid, and italo disco, being mutually inspired by the space and the sounds.” About eight months later, Demain est une autre nuit (“tomorrow is another night”) was born. “This environment influenced our music,” says Pierre, “The sounds are more clear and open, the production has more depth, on a full frequency range.” Their living conditions on tour were another major influence, “Staying at different people’s places around for world for a whole year accentuates the feeling of being a stranger wherever you go, but also creates a feeling of being part of an international community, opposed to a scene that exists only in one city.”

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