Montreal indie rockers Malajube have a lot going on right now. Their 2009 album, Labyrinthes, is in the running for this year's Polaris Music Prize, they're nominated for four awards at the Quebec Indie Music Awards and they're also nominated for the Verge Music Awards. So why not take the time right now to do something completely random like, say, score a film soundtrack?
The group have composed the music for the upcoming Jacob Tierney-directed flick The Trotsky, starring Jay Baruchel (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Almost Famous). It's set to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this month and follows Baruchel's character, Leon Bronstein, a precocious Montreal teen who believes he's the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and is determined to duplicate every aspect of Trotsky's life.
"Jacob contacted us saying he wrote the movie listening to our second album, Trompe-l'oeil, and he really wanted us to do some original stuff for his movie," says Malajube's guitarist/vocalist Julien Mineau in an interview with Exclaim! "Scoring a movie is the kind of thing we really wanted to do."
So score they did, and Mineau says that switching over to this new format wasn't a challenge in the least.
"When it is fun it is never tough," he explains. "And it is not a regular score - it is really minimalist and melodic with no singing. I really enjoy doing music that is not a verse-chorus song."
As the film's tag line says, "The revolution begins in high school," with The Trotsky set to become the latest in a long line of high school-centred teen comedies, though with a heavy political bent and Canadian indie rock angle.
It's unclear at this point whether Malajube will be releasing the tracks to Tierney's film as a stand-alone soundtrack. However, Mineau does hope the soundtrack hits a sweet spot with fans.
"Hope you enjoy the movie. Don't eat too much popcorn," he chuckles.