The band name Men I Trust sounds like a perfect fit for a Montreal trio, but singer-guitarist Emmanuel Purx believes it’s because she’s the frontwoman of the boy group’s feminine, Debbie Harry-esque style. denies having anything to do with it.
“It has nothing to do with trust in me or men,” she says. new era. “Actually, I remember hearing that name before joining the company and thinking it was a really good name.
Still, mutual trust must have played a big role in the band’s decision to welcome Plux into the band and her acceptance of the invitation.
Founded by Laval University multi-instrumentalist producers Dragos Kyriac and Jesse Caron, Men I Trust began as a revolving door for up-and-coming singers in Quebec’s indie pop scene. One of them was Plux, who provided dreamy guest vocals for two songs on the band’s 2015 breakout album. headroom.
“Dragos was listening to videos of me singing around a campfire with my friends,” she says. “We tried a few things together, but in the end we never parted.”
By becoming the band’s full-time singer, Plux has arguably taken its live proposition to new heights through a captivating, sultry voice and charismatic stage presence. In the summer of 2019, Miami got to experience the singer’s charm first-hand when Pulx and her companions performed her intimate and exuberant live performance at Miami’s Perez Art Museum.
Of course, within just a few months of their memorable debut concert in Miami, Men I Trust would be relegated to a cold waiting room of career uncertainty, like other active bands around the world. When the global lockdown started, no one knew if live music would ever come back.
But while many indie artists tragically fell by the side of the road, Men I Trust succeeded in making lemonade. Purx, Kyriac, and Karon locked themselves in their bedroom studio and worked remotely on their latest album. The album is an aptly titled atmospheric collection of 13 of his lo-fi, downtempo tracks. untourable album, And definitely a stylistic deviation.
“During the pandemic, everything felt so slow and blurry,” says Purx, more or less describing the album’s sonic aesthetic. Paradoxically, considering the inability to meet in person, the three band members found this to be a very creative and productive time.
“We were all confined to our homes in the country and were able to create a safe haven,” she explains. “During this period, no restrictions existed for us, and we were happy to take advantage of it. We had good internet and huge shared cloud folders, so we could collaborate remotely and efficiently. I was able to work.”
“The origin of the album is really inspired by this weird era like The Twilight Zone,” she added. “It was her two fruitful years of experimenting with sound, digging up memories, and taking it slow.”
The men I trust will eventually take unsurvable album It will hit the roads in 2021 as soon as pandemic restrictions begin to lift. However, despite its superior character, this album will probably remain a pandemic-era work in the broader framework of the band’s discography, being more groovy and audience-pleasing than its predecessors. Not as typical as Dreampop.
Much more exciting is the promise of a return to form in 2023 as the band begins releasing never-before-heard songs from its new studio album in the works. “We are so excited to embark on our new album journey together right after our big US tour this fall,” Plux revealed. “I’m preparing a really good song.”
Of course, South Florida fans won’t have to wait too long. Men I Trust head to Revolution Live on June 14th. “Florida crowds are very energetic and kind to us,” says Purx. “Coming to Fort Lauderdale with a small Florida-only tour was really important to us.”
“You’ll probably hear some very new songs on this set,” she teases.
Men I trust. with a triathlon. Wednesday, June 14th at 7pm at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. 954-449-1025; Join revolution.net. Ticket prices range from $29 to $35 via ticketmaster.com.