Sep. 19, 2012 - Issue #883: Best of Edmonton 2012
Skip the Foreplay
Dance music and metal seem like they belong on opposite sides of the proverbial music spectrum, but Montréal five-piece Skip the Foreplay is mashing it all together for a raucuous style that juxtaposes both worlds.
The band, whose name was inspired by a line in the Jason Derulo pop song "In My Head," is a high-energy, raucous quintet whose energetic live shows and music are all about having fun. The band's first single was a cover of LMFAO's "Champagne Showers," but with a much harder edge than the party rockers provided.
"We were all big LMFAO fans when their second album came out, so we were stoked on pretty much every song, but this one particularly was our favourite. We just did it ourselves for fun and it came out pretty well," explains drummer Marc-André Lemyre, citing the pop duo as one of Skip the Foreplay's influences as far as dance music is concerned, but on the metal side, he says there are too many to list.
Despite the differences, he believes there are also similarities between the dance music and metal, particularly when it comes to the aggressive nature of each.
"What's really popular these days is dubstep, it's really getting up in the scene, so if you go to a dub show, you know, you'll really see the kids pushing each other and really straight-up moshing. Pop music also has an aggressive vibe that mixes with metal ... we listen to pretty much every style of music," Lemyre adds. "Who knows what the next album's going to sound like, if it's going to be more metal or more electronic, we don't know yet. We're dying to write new songs."
Lemyre's background is in power and death metal, and when guitarist and friend Chuck Pilon first approached him with the idea for the project, he told him he was crazy. After hearing a couple of demo tapes, Lemyre was convinced and signed on. Once the remaining band members were in place, the idea took off, and Skip the Foreplay recently released its debut album, Nightlife, on the Epitaph label, which has opened a slew of doors for the new group, including a spot on the Vans Warped Tour. Through all the exposure, Skip the Foreplay aims to bring something new to the music industry.
"We're really trying to focus on the energy that we deliver on live shows. We try to put on a really colourful and powerful energetic live performance," Lemyre says. "We're just trying to bring something different that is completely on another level."
Fri, Sep 21 (6:30 pm)
With Abandon All Ships, Fall City Fall, Slumlord, Marry Me
and Murder Me
Avenue Theatre, $20.75
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