The Discord of a Forgotten Sketch On the Cheap

The Discord of a Forgotten Sketch On the Cheap
"First of all, we didn’t have any money for recording. So it was a little bit difficult to find a studio. We have zero dollars,” explains Julien Paradis, drummer for Montreal spazzy noisemakers the Discord of a Forgotten Sketch. "We didn’t want to use a cheap studio, though. We wanted to make a album that could go big.” The band’s first release, a self-titled EP, had already been selling better than expected in North America and abroad. A powerful mix of Daughters-style chaotic rhythmic blasts, odd jazz breaks, and indecipherably manic vocals, the release necessitated a strong follow up. Not wanting to compromise the quality of their explosive sonic qualities, the band was forced to act creatively.

"We were able to do the drums, bass, and guitars at [guitarist] Francois’ school,” states Paradis. A sound engineering student, Francois-Alexi Fontaine-Larouche snuck the group in at night the produce the bed tracks for their new self-titled full-length. Rounded out by bassist Maxime Dallaire and vocalist Simon Herbert, the band was left with an unfinished record for several months when the school closed for the summer.

"We finally recorded the vocals in the apartment of one of our friends,” Paradis says. "It was kind of crazy because everyone was drunk. Simon recorded the vocals all day long with Francois, and Max and I didn’t show up until six o’clock. We spent all night doing gang vocals, but the other guys had been drinking Jack Daniels all day and were passed out and all ‘Ugggghhhhhh.’ That’s why the vocals are so trashy and very… weird.” The result of this debauched final step in the recording process is a sound that deviates from any trends of the day; a cacophony of squealing guitars, a thunderous rhythm section, and a vocal approach entirely unique to Herbert. "We wanted a thrashy punk CD,” states Paradis. "And I think we got it.”