Exactly two years after it burst onto the scene with a blistering self-titled debut, francophone punk rock outfit Les Sexy is back with its sophomore album, Polychrome.
The St. Boniface band -- whose ranks are filled out by Danyel Huberdeau (vocals), Sean Andert (guitar), Garet Seman (bass), Bob Kroeker (drums) -- went into the studio with local engineers Greg Arcade and Rob Hill with a straightforward MO: keep it punk rock.
Polychrome is the latest album from Les Sexy
"The goal I have as a songwriter is to keep things simple and catchy while still challenging the audience," Andert says. "Compared to the first album, Polychrome
comes off sonically more polished and yet still rough enough around the edges. Being more hands-on with the mixing process definitely helped achieve the sound we wanted."
That said, Les Sexy isn't the kind of band that agonizes too much in the studio. Polychrome
was recorded in a brisk three sessions. Many of the songs were written on the spot and, like its predecessor, the new album was recorded live off the floor.
"(Recording live) brings about certain challenges and advantages, but for us it's the only way to go," Andert says. "Digging through old vinyl, my favorite records are always the ones recorded live. Not quite perfect but never boring."
'Not quite perfect but never boring' neatly sums up Polychrome
as well. While the band certainly sounds tighter -- and a few English-language numbers have worked their way into the mix -- the album retains the punk-rock spontaneity of Les Sexy's raw debut, that thrilling sense that things are barely held together by so much frayed duct tape.
"It sounds like the old French punk, rock and pop records we love but modernized. It's always on the cusp of being too loud for the speakers -- but it never goes over."
Les Sexy releases Polychrome January 18 at the West End Cultural Centre.