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Discover The Undiscovered: Dear Criminals

By Staff on November 19, 2013


Discover The Undiscovered: Dear Criminals


For our latest Discover The Undiscovered, we are bringing your undivided attention to the Montreal indie-folk trio, Dear Criminals. Composed of multi-instrumentalists, Charles Lavoie, Frannie Holder and Vincent Legault, these artist combined their talents to create captivating songs worth making their way into your ears.


Every song feels subtle and minimal, harmonizing different instruments slowly with the interchanging vocals of Lavoie and Holder. Their breathy voices hold a great deal of emotion that shines through in every song on their recently released EP, Weapons.


So take a listen below and read up on Dear Criminals! You'll be glad to have discovered this new band.




FILTER: Who are your main influences?


Timber Timbre, James Blake, Cocorosie, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, Gonjasufi, Portishead, Tom Waits, SUUNS, Patrick Watson, Elysian Fields.


FILTER: How did you meet?


Vince and Frannie met way back in '93 at Frannie's best friend's birthday party. She was seven and Vince was the birthday girl's "cool" older brother. He had long hair, listened to Pearl Jam and had a Lava-Lamp. Fifteen years later, they ended up in a "indie-hip hop" band together called Random Recipe. Then somehow, Charles was booked last minute to opening for Random Recipe at a show in Montreal where Frannie fell in love with his voice. She later stalked him on Myspace, illegally downloaded his tracks, added her vocals to them, and sent them back to him. From stalking to late-night jamming, Dear Criminals was born.


FILTER: What is your biggest achievement as a band to date?


We only started playing together to blow off some steam from our other bands that were going through intense stuff. So the fact that this sort of therapy became Dear Criminals is already a shocker to us, the rest is just icing on the cake.


FILTER: Where did the band name originate?

Because we thought it sounded great.


FILTER: Favorite Bands?


The Underachievers, Poliça, Santigold, Phoebe Jean & The Air Force, Ace of Base, Capitaine Soldat, Foxtrott, Das Racist, Perera Elsewhere, Sunny & Gabe, SBTRKT, The Knife.


FILTER: Plans to Tour?


We are leaving off to France in a week for a few shows over there. Hopefully we get to play in the US soon.


FILTER: Plans for next release?


We just released our first EP, Weapons, and should be releasing another next spring.

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