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Chic Gamine

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If you took Feist and split her into three, and then had all three of those Feists join TLC… and then got everyone together with the Black Keys… you might be getting close to what Chic Gamine does. They have Motown souls, French Pop spirits, and Rock and Roll hearts. And they’re actually French. Just to make it extra sexy. (Check out the bilingual tumblr!) This band consists of three angel-voiced girls plus one drummer boy: Annick Bremault, Alexa Dirks, Andrina Turenne and Sacha Daoud. With origins in the rich Francophone arts community of Winnipeg’s St. Boniface, the group emerged in 2007 as a full-on vocal collaboration with no lead singer. Each of these voices brings something rare and personal, and with no hierarchy they’re free to trade off and fuse over Daoud’s hyper-intelligent rhythms and some serious instrumental grooves.
Chic Gamine’s first release—self-titled and independent— earned them a 2009 Juno for Roots Album of the Year.  ‘City City’, released in 2010, was nominated for the same award in 2011. Their third album and first official US release (‘Closer’, 2013) was mixed and mastered by Rick Rubin’s Grammy winning engineers. It garnered not ‘reviews’ so much as literary high fives. Album number four for Chic Gamine is on track for fall 2014.

The group has already played with R&B royalty, opening for Smokey Robinson and sharing a line-up with Mavis Staples. Staples told the young band they reminded her of nothing less than her own sisters, the legendary Staples Singers. Chic Gamine has also played for straight up Royal royalty, performing before Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth in 2010. In 2011, they opened for Marc Broussard on a 5-month coast-to-coast North American tour. They’ve had main stage slots at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Strawberry Folk Festival, Dawson City Music Festival, and California World Fest, among others. They finished up a successful 2013 EU-UK tour with a packed show at one of France’s top music festivals, Transmusicales. At SXSW 2012 their showcase drew the largest crowd of the day and NPR’s Stephen Thompson named them as one of his four must-see acts. They were invited back for not one but two 2013 slots.

At the heart of all this is a trio of frank, astonishing voices. Their sound is crafted with deft historical references and offbeat new ideas that are all churned into something exhilarating and just beyond contemporary. Chic Gamine dwell in that realm between music that holds you in awe of the talent and beauty infiltrating your ears, and music that just makes you want to dance like a hooligan, shed all those tears you’ve been stuffing down inside, and rock the hell out with the ones you love best—which suddenly includes everyone in the room.

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