Montreal-based five-piece Le Trouble is made up of twenty percent jamming and eighty percent hanging out. Le Trouble are five introverts who just happen to love making wellcrafted pop music, but instead of reaching for the top of the charts, they write for themselves. Unlike a lot of musical partnerships out there, Michael, Maxime, Jesse, Garrett and Bao-Khanh are friends first, so following a fleeting brush with the American pop machine that would’ve destroyed most bands, the motivation to keep playing and keep making memories only grew.
With debut album Reality Strikes now firmly in the rearview mirror, they’re ready to go hard again with a new album on Indica Records. To them, the new album sounds like all five bandmates and their individual styles playing off each other and ultimately shining through. To the rest of us, it’s homebrewed pop with honest lyrics and big hooks that might sound calculated, but are actually are cathartic ‘fuck yous’ they needed to let out. Like any band, they’ve faced their fair share of setbacks, but to them, failures are just the moments you end up laughing about later.
It seems to be one of the hottest corners for music these days – the French-Canadian city of Montreal is throwing one new band after another at our feet. After Foreign Diplomats and The Franklin Electric (of the hip Montreal label Indica Records) now also the 5-piece indie rock band Le Trouble.
Shortly after they met in 2012 about writing jingles for strawberry and chocolate shower gel in an advertising agency, guitarist and songwriter Maxime Veilleux from Québec City and charismatic Australian singer Michael Mooney founded Le Trouble. What happened in the next 12 months reads like the dream of many musicians: with their fresh yet concise sound the band quickly received attention from the USA, their debut EP „Reality Strikes“ was released by the well-known US online magazine Spin and later they got a slot at the most important festival in Montreal, „Osheaga“ – all in the space of a year!
After a fleeting yet rather frightening encounter with the US pop machinery that would have destroyed many young bands in a short moment, Veilleux and Mooney, together with guitarist Bao- Khanh Nguyen, bassist Garrett Doughtery and drummer Jesse Gnaedinger, have found well-meaning allies in the Montreal record label Indica Records to release their debut album „Making Matters Worse“ in Canada. The album will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by the Hamburg label Dock 7 Records.
Their debut sounds as if all five band members with their individual styles are playing against each other in a clearly perceptible dynamic and shine through as a whole – pure and sincere indie rock with honest lyrics and big hooks, of which one could claim a certain calculation, but which in their true essence are nothing more than liberating „Fuck You’s“, which had to be out for a long time. Like every band they have experienced their share of setbacks and failures, but for them these are only the moments they will laugh most about later on.