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    The New Cities

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Leaders Of The Misled lyrics
    2Looks Minus Susbtance lyrics
    3The New Rule lyrics
    4Modern Ghosts lyrics
    5Mugshot lyrics
    6C.L.O.N.E lyrics
    7Sleep lyrics
    8Hypertronic Superstar lyrics
    9Sweet Sweet Revenge lyrics
    10Heatwave lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Lost In City Lights [2009]
    2The New Cities EP [2006]


    Blending the timeless tastiness of classic synth-pop to the intensity and
    dynamics of modern punk and the irrefutable rump mobilization of the
    recent dance-rock insurgence, the New Cities are primed to bring their
    own form of urban renewal to the Canadian pop-music scene and beyond
    as their first single, "Dead End, Countdown," hits radio in February, with
    the full album set to hit in May.

    "It took three years but everything is falling into place," says Nick Denis,
    one of the two keyboardists in the New Cities and also the chief lyricist.
    He's talking about the New Cities' steady rise through the ranks, of
    course—the Quebec band's initial, independent forays into recording,
    releasing and touring to test the waters, through their serendipitous
    hook-up with producer and manager Greig Nori, their baptism of fire in
    Toronto, their signing to the Sony label and the ever more high-profile
    gigs they've snagged even before their first single hits the radio waves.
    But the quote above could also refer to the perfecting of the New Cities
    sound, especially now that the line-up's rock solid with the inclusion of
    drummer Francis Fugere and bassist/singer Julien Martre—"Now I feel like
    we have the perfect synergy," says Denis.

    The original core of the New Cities hails from Trois-Rivières ("three
    rivers"), a small but lively city halfway between Montreal and the
    provincial capitol, Quebec City. While Montreal, Quebec's biggest burg,
    was being toasted internationally for its post-millennial music boom
    (something about a fire in an arcade?), Trois-Rivières had its own sonic
    upswing, of which Denis and his pals David Brown, Phil Lachance and Chris
    Bergeron, as members of the ska-punk unit the Gamblers, were a part. "It
    started when a bunch of people started booking a lot of shows," says
    Denis, "so all the kids in high school would go to shows and start bands."
    In 2005, the quartet hunkered down in a basement and began concocting
    the next stage of their musical trajectory. Goodbye to the Doc Marten
    boots and chequered suspenders, they said—something new was in the
    air. "We'd started listening to Death From Above 1979 and the Faint, that
    kind of music, and that was what we wanted to do at first," recalls Brown,
    a former bassist who'd accepted the role of lead vocalist. "We'd all been
    playing in ska-punk bands for a long time, and that kind of music is good
    for making kids dance—that's what we wanted to do, but with a different
    kind of music." Denis adds, "When we started, we tried to make it a little
    more indie, but at some point, you tend to go towards what works best."
    And the best find you. After the New Cities released an eponymous EP,
    produced by Steve Nadeau of Vénus 3 fame, a friend brokered contact
    with Greig Nori—the onetime frontman of Treble Charger who has since
    made his mark producing Sum 41 and Hedley. That's when things
    accelerated. At Nori's invitation, the sextet of small-town Quebec lads
    planted themselves temporarily in a cramped office/apartment in the
    nation's music-industry hub, Toronto, during which they played a heap of
    shows. Fifteen in three months, in fact, at any and every venue—the
    Horseshoe, the Mod Club, even the Bovine Sex Club ("which is really weird
    for a band like us," says Denis). "It was really intense because we got
    there and realized that we were almost there," recalls Brown. "We realized
    that we could do this."

    Work began on their debut album, with Nori's guidance. "He just wanted
    us to push our limits, " says Brown. "The keyboards, the vocals, the
    drums and guitars—he wanted everything to get to the next step. He
    wasn't writing stuff for us and saying, 'This is how you'll sound, guys.'
    The whole time, we were still in control." And here's a bonus—the whole
    affair was mixed by Dave "Rave" Ogilvie, a man with Marilyn Manson,
    David Bowie, Skinny Puppy, Tool and Nine Inch Nails on his sprawling list
    of credits. "We were trying to find someone who could mix electronics
    and rock," says Denis. "Not everyone knows how to do that. This guy

    The New Cities are already itching for what comes next. Their highvoltage
    live show is already making a mark on the Canadian concert
    circuit, but the band's vision is wider than that. Denis reflects on the
    uncertainties of many of their fellow francophones in Quebec, even those
    who choose to sing in English. "There's a mentality where you don't feel
    like you can take it out of Quebec. You always feel like it's more of a
    dream than a possibility." No such limitations exist for the New Cities, as
    they've signalled to their label and management. "We made it really clear
    that we love to play in Canada, but it's always good to know you can go

    Bio By Rupert Bottenberg

    The New Cities are:
    Christian Bergeron - Guitar
    David Brown - Lead Vocals
    Nicolas Denis - Synths
    Francis Fugere - Drums
    Philippe Lachance - Synths
    Julien Martre - Bass

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