Today, Population II releases their single Beau baptême, after signing with Bonsound’s label, booking and publishing rosters this past winter. This is the Montreal-based trio’s first single since they put out their album À la Ô Terre via Castle Face Records in 2020.
Beau baptême is an expression of the psychological journey around inspiration and explores the very genesis of ideas, how they are born, and the opinions they generate. Drummer/vocalist/lyricist Pierre-Luc Gratton sings emphatically about how writing can sometimes happen with ease and spontaneity, and sometimes require a long, deep reflection.
With restraint and maturity, Beau baptême follows a typical song structure (verses, chorus and bridge) without neglecting the frenetic dynamics for which the Montreal-based band is known. Population II showcases great control of their explosive sound, and the new single bears witness to the band's true rock nature.
Beau baptême is available on all music services.
Watch and share the visualizer that accompanies the song, directed and animated by Hugo Jeanson, via YouTube.
On Friday, June 2nd, Population II will be performing at a secret location in Montreal. Follow the band on Instagram for full details on the day of the event (postponed to Sunday, June 4th in case of rain). In July, the trio will travel to the U.S. for shows in Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Boston, before returning in the fall for five dates supporting the American band Osees. Click here for more details.
About Population II
Population II is dedicated to disengagement. The trio consists of singer/drummer Pierre-Luc Gratton, guitarist/keyboardist Tristan Lacombe and bassist Sébastien Provençal, who are all constantly working on refining their imposing, unpretentious sound. Population II are masters at both improvised madness and sophisticated composition. They deliver heavy, psychedelic rock infused with feverish funk rhythms, a hint of jazz philosophy, a burst of early-punk energy, and a love of minor scales that harkens back to the roots of heavy metal.
The origins of Population II go back a long way, and are inextricably linked to teenage memories. After years of jamming to the point of developing a sense of telepathy, the trio began recording independent releases that soon caught the attention of John Dwyer, leader of the American rock band Osees and the man behind the independent label Castle Face Records. Thus was born À la Ô Terre, their first label-released album, which came out in 2020. The band spent the next two years playing shows in Canada and the United States, notably performing at SXSW (Austin, Texas) and Pop Montreal, as well as in Toronto, New York and Quebec City.
02/06/2023 - Montréal, QC - Secret location (postponed to June 4th in case of rain)
19/07/2023 - Burlington, VT - Winooski at Monkey House
21/07/2023 - Philadelphie, PA - Silk City
22/07/2023 - Brooklyn, NY - Alphaville
24/07/2023 - Boston, MA - O’Briens Pub
16/09/2023 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall •
17/09/2023 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern •
18/09/2023 - Détroit, MI - El Club •
20/09/2023 - Boston, MA - Royale •
22/09/2023 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw •
21/10/2023 - Saint-Hyacinthe, QC - Le Zaricot °
• Supporting Osees
° Double bill with Yoo Doo Right