Les Jupes are a new band from the centre of Canada versed in expansive musical landscapes, sharp lyrics and an observer’s eye for the world. They are four Anglos with a French name making big, broad and determined music. And they are at the centre of a prairie renaissance growing around Head In The Sand Records.
They are capping off a great year with the release of a new single If This Is The Light. A video will follow in late February 2012. If This Is The Light is a romping piano and synth-based song showcasing a broader direction for the band. There are also remixes by Joe Silva, Blunderspublik and Oldfolks Home.
2011 was a big year for the quartet. Their debut album Modern Myths was released on Head In The Sand in Canada/USA and Instrument Village in Germany/Switzerland/Austria and garnered world wide critical acclaim. They toured Germany with Handsome Furs, again with Sweden’s Baskery, toured up and down North America – and they showcased at a pile of festivals including SXSW, Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion and Jazz Winnipeg.
Modern Myths was built on lead singer Michael P. Falk’s baritone charging through waves of psychedelia and driving rhythms. Pounding, introspective, at times fierce, at times playful. It is purposefully dyslexic - an echo of the characters entombed and a mirror of the writer.
It was recorded over a year and a half when Montreal producer/engineer Marcus Paquin (frontman of Last Gang's Silver Starling) found time from working on Arcade Fire's The Suburbs.
March 8 – Milwaukee – Riverwest Public House
March 9 – Chicago – Pancho’s
March 10 – Omaha – Barley’s Tavern
March 15 – Austin – SXSW (Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room)
March 17 – Kansas City – Record Bar
March 18 – Tulsa – Hunt Club
March 21 – Englewood, CO – Moe’s
March 23 – Portland – Kelly’s Olympian
March 25 – Seattle – Comet Tavern
March 27 – Calgary – Palomino
March 28 – Edmonton – Wunderbar
March 29 – Saskatoon – Vangelis Tavern