Today, the Montreal-via-Lac-St-Jean artist Dave Chose presents a new video for 0.5%. The track is off his self-titled debut album (a tremendous start, according to Olivier Boisvert-Magnen, Radio-Canada) released on April 27th via Bonsound. The record has already racked up numerous flattering reviews.
Taking a page out of the grunge music of his youth, 0.5%’s lyrics are a self-reflection on the monotony and ennui Dave felt throughout a long period of sobriety. J’carbure au tonic / Flat comme un vieux rubber / Pis me semble que ça va / Mais fuck c’est / Pas débile [I’m running on tonic water / As flat as old rubber / And everything seems fine / But fuck it’s not awesome], he sings on the track. In the video directed by Jean-Martin Gagnon, we find Dave surrounded by his loved ones in a diner where he celebrates his birthday, a scene reminiscent of his childhood, a period of his life that he’s particularly fond of.
There’s a charming naïveté et simplicity at the heart of his lyrics, which highlight banalities like the taste of iced tea from the corner store, or the pleasure of rolling his own cigarettes. The whole thing is heightened by elaborate arrangements that are rich and electric. One of the musicians who’s bound to leave a mark on the Quebec music scene in 2018 (Émilie Côté, La Presse), Dave Chose exploits this clash between lyrics and music with the help of the album’s two co-producers, Benoît Bouchard (who also engineered and mixed the album) and Nicolas Beaudoin. They were joined by other talented musicians, including Jonathan Bigras, Julien Sagot, Dany Placard, Alex McMahon and Louis-Philippe Gingras.
08/06 Montreal, QC // Francos de Montréal
08/09 St-Hyacinthe, QC // Le Zaricot (Double bill w/ Louis-Philippe Gingras)
22/09 Quebec City, QC // L’ANTI Bar & Spectacle
Dave Chose est l'un des musiciens qui se démarqueront dans le paysage musical québécois en 2018. 4/5
Émilie Côté, La Presse
Dave Chose nous offre un départ canon, et s’impose comme l’une de nos plus intéressantes révélations de la dernière année
Olivier Boisvert-Magnen, ICI Radio-Canada Première
ses chansons grunge rock, plus ou moins folk, sont habilement construites et sortent franchement du lot de ce qui se fait en ce moment.
François Marchesseault, ICI Musique
Le plus illustre des inconnus du moment 4/5
André Péloquin, Journal de Montréal
Un excellent album prometteur pour la suite 8/10
Rachel Saintus-Hyppolite, Le Canal auditif