With style and spirit worthy of the dance floor of New York’s Studio 54, Montreal’s Barry Paquin Roberge is excited to announce February 26 as the release date of their latest album, Exordium To Extasy.
Seemingly designed to get everyone dancing and moving in during our most recent quarantine period, their fabulous lead single, “BPR Strut (Join Us & You’ll Be Fine)”, dropped alongside its 80’s workout video this week to great fanfare.
In regards to the video, Etienne Barry explains: “We invite the populace to strengthen their core and test their mental fortitude. Directed by longtime collaborator Ariel Poupart, who also plays the role of a mastermind known only as “The Vision”, the video shows us in skin-tight spandex, filming a straight-to-VHS home-workout tape destined to fortify the masses… and control them!”
In a press release, Exordium to Extasy is set to include the single, as well as the track “Hot Stuff” and is promising to “ turn any boring commute to work into a Soul Train-esque catwalk.” BPR is also proud to say that they are bringing a sense of community to the art and arrangement of the album. “The blend of male and female voices reaches out to all who want to have a good time,” said the band. “Groovy guitar licks, party-pleaser synthesizers, and fluttering flute are exactly what people did not know they needed in their lives.”
Produced by Félix Petit (Les Louanges, Hubert Lenoir) and BPR, mixed by JB Pinard (Les Louanges), engineered by Nicolas Beaudoin (Laura Sauvage) and Ryan Battistuzzi (Malajube) and mastered by Francis Duchesne; Barry Paquin Roberge’s Exordium to Extasy will be available through Costume Records on February 26.
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.