Artist: Malajube Video: "La Caverne" Highlight: We're not sure which is more…
- Posted on Apr 27th 2011 1:00PM by Melody Lau
"We should have won!" bassist Mathieu Cournoyer tells Spinner. "I don't think a third nomination is going to happen, but you never know."
Nominations aside, Cournoyer does note that Karkwa's Polaris win last year (not to mention their Juno score in March with 'Les Chemins de Verre' nabbing Francophone Album of the Year) will help the Francophone scene, encouraging more artists to sing in their native tongue.
"Before if we wanted to be noticed outside of Quebec, we would have to sing in English," says Cournoyer. "That's the only way to do it. But now, more Francophone bands are singing in French and saying, 'We can still get out of Quebec, and people out there won't mind.' But, at the same time, we won't sell millions of records."
Cournoyer says he would never abandon his first language just to sell millions of records, noting it "didn't feel natural" singing in English when Malajube first started out in 2004.
"Some bands can do it, like Phoenix, and it's fine," he says. "But with some bands, you can hear their accents when they sing in English and I just find it so lame."
Malajube's confidence has propelled them to success so far, with the aforementioned Polaris nominations for 2006's 'Trompe-l'oeil' and 2009's 'Labyrinthes,' and hopefully another one next September for the just-released 'La Caverne.'
Recorded in a remote house-turned-studio in the woods, the band opted for a change this time around by not renting out a formal studio.
"We stayed in the woods for two months," says Cournoyer. "It was our cave."
The band took their time on 'La Caverne' -- which aptly translates to "the Cave" -- spending months as opposed to weeks, and are pleased with the payout. "We're really happy with the results, the next album will probably be done in the same way.
"We were hairy and stinky in the end, and you can feel that in the end, well, not the smell, but you can tell that we were all together -- all the time. It inspired us."
Along with the CD and vinyl versions of the record, you can also purchase 'La Caverne' on cassette, a "wild idea" the band had.
"We thought, 'Why not?'" explains Cournoyer. "I grew up on cassettes; we tour, we have cassette players in our cars -- it actually surprised us how good it sounded!
"I don't think it'll make a comeback like vinyl, but I'm sure we can sell a couple of cassettes, for sure."