The Speakeasy – Five Questions With

The Speakeasy

The Speakeasy shares their new single, “Bright Side”

Hailing from Montreal, The Speakeasy are best known for their energetic live performances and their blend of heavy skatepunk.

Led by Karl Bullets with his distinctive gravel-throated voice tone, the band caught everyone by surprise in 2019 when revealing the music video for “Death Sentence.” The same year saw the release of their debut EP Tales From The Moonshiner Part One: Death Sentence, with songs like “The Night of the Living Dead” and “Death Sentence” quickly becoming fan favorites.

In 2020, The Speakeasy joined Thousand Islands Records, releasing a new EP entitled Tales from the Moonshiner Part Two: Requiem, which spawned the single “Sunday Blues.”

2023 finds the five-piece releasing a brand new track, “Bright Side.” With crusty drum beats with melodic chords and optimistic lyrics, “Bright Side” is The Speakeasy’s new mantra and a hint of what’s to come from one of Montreal Punk’s finest.

Listen to “Bright Side” below and learn more about The Speakeasy via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We are The Speakeasy, a punk rock quintet from Montreal’s north shore. We all grew up listening to classics like Nofx, NUFAN, and Good Riddance. Most of the members have been playing punk rock for over 20 years. The project came to life in 2017. We have released 2 EPs, and our third album is on its way. We signed with Thousand Islands Records for our second release.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

We’ve released “Bright Side,” a new single from our upcoming full-length. It’s about all the things that got us through the isolation and loneliness that the pandemic brought. Music, friends, and family helped us overcome this difficult time and keep our sanity. This song is meant to bring people together.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

The first two records were concept albums. We opted for a lighter formula for our LP. We didn’t want to end up with rigid writing and creation rules. Our inspiration comes from all the things we can experience: passion and our perception of music, pandemic, work, mental health, addiction, love, sex, getting knocked down, and getting back up.

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

A few announcements are on the way. Mostly festivals in Quebec. This year will be a busy year. And that’s totally awesome. We want to travel a bit more. Go to places we’ve never been and play local venues.

What’s your goal for 2023?

A tour in Tokyo. One day we’ll have our chance. More seriously, we are releasing our first full-length this year, so we’ll take every opportunity to make things happen.

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