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Hippie Hourrah shares the double singles, “Or aux dents”

Montreal-based psych-pop trio Hippie Hourrah has served us not one but two intrinsically linked songs! The double single “Or aux dents,” which follows on from the single “Les murs,” released last November, will also be found on the band’s forthcoming concept album revolving around the work of the late renowned Quebec painter Jacques Hurtubise. Entitled Exposition individuelle, this second LP will be available on April 21st via Simone Records.

“Or aux dents” is a majestic piece built around a story inspired by the life of an itinerant poet wandering on Plateau Mont-Royal. Subtly divided into two inseparable chapters, this diptych epic with psychedelic rock sonorities takes us through a six-minute musical journey and a variety of universes: krautrock, baroque psych, glam rock, progressive rock.

Composed by Hippie Hourrah (Gabriel Lambert, Miles Dupire-Gagnon, and Cédric Marinelli) and written by Ralph Elawani and Cédric Marinelli (vocals), the work is produced by Miles Dupire-Gagnon (backing vocals, synths, drums, percussion, and sound recording) and Samuel Gemme (sound recording, mix, guitar – Or aux dents #1). Musicians Gabriel Lambert (guitar), Christian Sean Trudel (bass, synths), Joé Napoléon (backing vocals), and Chris Darley (guitar – Or aux dents #1) also play on the song.

Watch the videos for part one and two of “Or aux dents” below and learn more about Hippie Hourrah via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We are Hippie Hourrah, a group of friends and longtime collaborators. Musically we are adventurous and love to stretch out in our live shows and create different textures and vibes. On our records, we like to experiment while putting out catchy psych-pop tunes, mixing and matching different production styles, and influencing ourselves from any music from any era. Visually, we prefer tangible materials, and our artwork reflects this. From handmade collages to painting and silk screening, our artistic visual output is almost larger than our musical output!

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

This new release coming up is much more thoroughly conceived than the first. While eponymous Hippie Hourrah! was a collection of old and new tunes, and abstract instrumental segways, Exposition individuelle goes as far as fully being a concept album. Lyrically, visually and musically, this new album emerges from an interaction with the “oeuvre” of famous québécois psychedelic painter Jacques Hurtubise.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

Anxiety and drug use, stories of the bar underworld, desire for salvation, spirituality, and also materialism, aka PUNK.

Do you have any upcoming shows you’d like to tell us about?

We are playing at the Phoque off in Quebec City next week, February 16th, at Le Pantoum!

What’s your goal for 2023?

Get out there and play this new record! We will be going back to France in the spring and probably many more times. Otherwise looking forward to playing festivals around Québec.

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