Corridor: Topographe

The first francophone band signed to famed US label Sub Pop impresses on a single featuring vigorous ringing guitars and echoing vocals, and complemented by a striking animated video.

Corridor: Topographe

By Kerry Doole

Corridor - Topographe (Bonsound/Sub Pop): On Friday (Oct. 18), this Montreal alt-rock trio releases its album Junior with Bonsound in Canada and Sub Pop internationally, marking the first time that the famed US label has signed a francophone band.

The affiliation has already paid off, as this current single is currently #1 on US Alt commercial radio. Helping the cause is a highly striking animated video starring the band, directed by group member Jonathan Robert.

The track features vigorous ringing guitars and echoing vocals, with the results a tad evocative of the '80s Manchester sound. The fact it is sung in French will likely hamper its chances of modern rock radio play here, which would be a pity.


The album is produced by Emmanuel Éthier, engineered by Samuel Gemme, and mixed by Éthier and Gemme in Montreal at ReelRoad Studios.

Corridor begins international touring in Philadelphia on Oct. 23, with Canadian shows set for Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and Vancouver. More information here  






Publicity: Susan O'Grady, Take Aim Media

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