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Les Shirley

Right off the bat, you may wonder what is a ShirleyA Shirley is a ride or die, a way of life. Raphaëlle Chouinard (Vocals; Guitar),Sarah Dion (Bass), and Lisandre Bourdages (Drums) had too much whisky one night and accidentally unleashed the beast within them to become Les Shirleya kickass rock power trio. Drenched in early 2000’s pop culture, their sound is shaped by their punk rock teenage years and the women they became todaykaraokeing their nights away to pop anthems. A symphony of raw power chords, raging riffs and wild vocal melodies that is never getting out of your head. From Blink-182 toCéline Diontheir influences are vast and it shows in the craftsmanship of their songs. Formed in early 2018, Les Shirley rapidly made their way into Montreal’s music scene.Their debut EP, released in March 2019, brought them three nominations at GAMIQ and, the band brought home the trophies for Best New Artist and Rock EP Of The Year. Local radio station CHOM picked up their singles and have been spinning them heavily ever since. The girls toured Quebec on many occasions and have shared the stage with acts such as The BeachesAntiQueens, and Ten Foot Poles. In March 2020, they tookpart in the first all-female bill forCHOM’s Rock Room.
 
Les Shirley was scheduled to play many festivals set to take place in summer2020 (Festivald’été de QuébecLe FestifFME). The pandemic didn’t kill their love for rocking out and, the band is ready to burn down whatever comes their way. 
 
Forever Is Now, their debut album, came out on March 19th, 2021. It is pure energy; a craving to live fully in the present (especially in times like these) and it’a feeling that builds up from song to song. It’s a collection of sounds that takes roots in dirty punk rock as well as old rock ballads and melodic pop anthems. The band created a fresh new sound while embracing their influences past and present. Already, the critics, the media and the public reception is out of this world! Theband as been featured on numerous important medias (Journal de Montréal, Lapresse, Le Devoir, Le Soleil, Radio-Canada, Exclaim!, etc.) and radio such as CHOM 97.7, TSN, BLVD and many college radios are spinning the singles. The band also got featured on various podcasts across the world and the important Berlin-based punk magazine OX-Fanzine featured them as their new favorite artist in their April issue. They have been featured on many big editorial playlists on Spotify and their debut single 'forget it i'm in love' has over 100k plays on that platform alone up to now. They are featured as 'ones to watch' on Sirius XM's The Verge and aired on CBC's The StomboShow on Sunday May 2nd. The single also peaked at number 36 on Canada Active Rock charts.
 
It is even more impressive that they achieved all this without a label, 100% DIY. Les Shirley are set to be part of many festivals' line-up this summer (FEQ, Festif,FME, Diapason, MURAL, etc.) and they're only getting started!