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If Blood Could Speak

by Mon Electric Bijou

Pre-punk, garage rock like the MC5 or the Stooges.
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1. Kissin' Sweat
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2. A Taxi Called Jesus
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3. Optique Shov
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4. A Public Affair
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5. Abraham
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6. I'll Be Your Duane Eddy
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7. If Blood Could Speak
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8. Film Noir
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9. God Walks By Your Side
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10. The Lone Killer
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11. Manifold
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12. Universal Hiss
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Montreal band Mon Electric Bijou's latest album If Blood Could Speak is a sleazy, unpolished, garage rock record that could have easily been from another time. I couldn't help but picture afros, dirty underground clubs and Detroit's Cobo Hall. That's because I pictured the MC5 when I listened to this album. (Track 3 "Optique Shov" sings the line "I try to kick out the jams" in homage I'm assuming to the MC5's classic 1968 live album Kick Out the Jams) The guitars are turned down low to get that raw heavy, stoner rock feel while the drums are constantly being pile driven into your brain where the only relief is the short break between songs. Except for the nonsense intro "Kissin Sweat", the first five tracks are the strongest on the album. There are some religious themes to the record with such songs as "A Taxi Called Jesus," "Abraham," and "God Walks By Your Side" but it's not an overtly religious album from what I gathered and I wouldn't put it in the religious section at a music store. The CD starts off strong but loses its way by mid album only to recuperate with the song "The Lone Killer" near the end. Still a decent record, If Blood Could Speak is worth a listen for anyone who enjoys pre-punk, garage rock like the MC5 or The Stooges.


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Trent McMartin

Raw power
Montreal band Mon Electric Bijou's latest album If Blood Could Speak is a sleazy, unpolished, garage rock record that could have easily been from another time. I couldn't help but picture afros, dirty underground clubs and Detroit's Cobo Hall. That's because I pictured the MC5 when I listened to this album. (Track 3 "Optique Shov" sings the line "I try to kick out the jams" in homage I'm assuming to the MC5's classic 1968 live album Kick Out the Jams) The guitars are turned down low to get that raw heavy, stoner rock feel while the drums are constantly being pile driven into your brain where the only relief is the short break between songs. Except for the nonsense intro "Kissin Sweat", the first five tracks are the strongest on the album. There are some religious themes to the record with such songs as "A Taxi Called Jesus," "Abraham," and "God Walks By Your Side" but it's not an overtly religious album from what I gathered and I wouldn't put it in the religious section at a music store. The CD starts off strong but loses its way by mid album only to recuperate with the song "The Lone Killer" near the end. Still a decent record, If Blood Could Speak is worth a listen for anyone who enjoys pre-punk, garage rock like the MC5 or The Stooges.
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Cameron Gordon

they ain't busting anyone's chops
I never really understood why more ace rock'un'roll bands didn't come from Montreal when you consider that beer, bud and belligerence are abundantly abound, Abu. Mon Electric Bijou are a rock'un'roll band and come from Montreal so I guess they're an exception to le rule. They sound like early Dinosaur Jr., especially chanteur Martin "The Saz" Saz's ravaged lilt. Mon Electric Bijou is their sophomore release and adheres pretty strictly to the indie rock template. There aren't too many surprises or swerves but The Saz seems to have a pretty good idea of how to captain this three-piece. Just don't be fooled by such spooky song titles as "The Lone Killer" or the Steve Kaklamanos look-a-like on the front cover; most of the songs are about girls and feelings and all that crap. Only a few tracks break that mould—namely "I'll Be Your Duane Eddy" which is tempered by some twing-y heavy drumming from Jason Sanchez and a well-placed "Wooooooo" from The Saz. Mon Electric Bijou might not be breaking any new ground but they ain't busting anyone's chops either. That's gotta count for something.
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Jason MacNeil

It's a bit rawer and sparser
Montreal's Mon Electric Bijou was originally a one man band, but Martin Saz has opted to fill out the required band members on the sophomore album. It's a bit rawer and sparser however than the first go around, as "A Taxi Called Jesus" spews a quirky tempo that doesn't quite fit pop or rock for that matter. According to the press kit, Saz has drummer Jason Sanchez to thank for his "Keith Moon-Muppets" approach to the skins. "Optique Shov" gears itself towards crisper, thicker Who-ish theatrics. It's wraps itself around the verses rather than the chorus as Saz sings about "kicking out the jams". Mon Electric Bijou get things going on "A Public Affair" as the drum fills, riffs and tender side add to a greater good while "Abraham" conjures up slower Americana a la The Band. Mon Electric Bijou are all over the place but don't mind wearing and playing their influences. "I'll Be Your Duane Eddy" is the type of song perfected in thousands of garages across North America, nothing special but hard not to resist at the same time. "I want to hear Willie Nelson," Saz sings on the country-cum-college rock title track. "God Walks By Your Side" must have been recorded for vinyl. Here Saz offers another so-so home demo, one that has room for improvement. Only during "The Lone Killer" does Mon Electric Bijou give something new, something Neil Young did ages ago. "Universal Hiss" has Saz putting the finishing touches on a decent album with a nice acoustic instrumental.
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