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Albums Of The Week: Les Shirley | More Is More

Montreal's pop-punk power trio fuse ’80s new wave, ’90s grunge and more on their invigorated sophomore set. They've got the beat — and they're not afraid to use it.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Montreal power trio Les Shirley are redefining alternative rock and connecting the dots between ’80s new wave, ’90s grunge and pop-punk on new album More Is More. Co-produced by indie queen Marie-Pierre Arthur (Karkwa, Galaxie, Ariane Moffatt, Stefie Shock, Nanette Workman) and aided by savvy sound engineer Ryan Battistuzzi (Malajube, Colin Moore), the album is about love, heartbreak, anxiety, addictions and the ups and downs of life.

More Is More, the second opus from Les Shirley, digs deeper into the group’s grunge roots and teenage dirtbag years. Raphaëlle Chouinard (the singer and band’s lyricist) is almost reading pages from her personal journal. It’s a more introspective vibe than on Forever is Now, the band’s acclaimed first album. Written over the course of a pandemic lockdown with its ups and downs, More Is More takes you track by track through the soundtrack of an inner crisis. It expresses changes and growth that are sometimes painful but necessary.

Highly inspired by the ’90s grunge, punk rock and exploding pop, the girls went all in for this second album. It’s a good balance of uplifting pop anthems, dirty guitar riffs, sparkling choruses and emotional raw ballads. The rather classical rock power trio instrumentation (guitar, bass, drums) is boosted with touches of colorful synths and banging percussions. Nicolas Basque (Plants and Animals) also played additional guitars on the album. More Is More is a collection of sounds that will leave you wanting more.”


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