Laura Sauvage Festival de Musique Émergente, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 2

Laura Sauvage Festival de Musique Émergente, Rouyn-Noranda QC, September 2
Photo: Stephen McGill
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When Vivianne Roy paused between songs to ask who in the tightly packed crowd on Pub Chez Gibb's patio caught A Place To Bury Strangers the night before, no one saw it coming, but she was making a pointed segue into the impetus behind Extraordinormal's "Fucker (Stole My Phone)." Turns out, the track was inspired by a pickpocket that lifted her phone off her at a set the Brooklyn noise rockers played in New York two years ago.

Fans know Roy's Laura Sauvage project for a sort of droll hookiness belonging next to the likes of Courtney Barnett, but it's accentuated with noisier, more abstract digressions, and asides like this afforded a window into the latter as, backed by a full band, Roy got a real chance to lean into those parts, matching selections from her 2016 album with new ones from her very-soon-to-be-released The Beautiful.

"This is my show," Roy cheekily reminded everyone. On the leafy patio, it was an amusing intervention, and Roy doubled down on the post-punk vibes with a confrontational, set-closing "Monkeys in Space" that had her abandon her guitar and venture into the crowd with the mic.
 
 

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