Avec pas d’casque
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
folk, lo-fi, country
Dare to Care Records
Avec pas d’casque is a folk band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, composed of members Stéphane Lafleur, Joël Vaudreuil, Nicolas Moussette, and Mathieu Charbonneau. The band’s French name literally means “with no helmet” and derives from an expression referring to hockey players who don’t wear helmets, popularized by Jean Dion, a Québécois sports journalist for Le Devoir.
Avec pas d’casque began as a duo, made up of Lafleur and Vaudreuil, who recorded a self-produced album in 2004, which they sold at their concerts. The group’s first official album, Trois chaudières de sang, was released on Dare to Care Records on May 9, 2006. In 2008, after gaining a third member in Nicolas Moussette, the band released their second album, Dans la nature jusqu’au cou, on Grosse Boîte, the French division of Dare to Care. After adding a fourth member, Mathieu Charbonneau, Avec pas d’casque released their third album, Astronomie, on March 20, 2012. It was subsequently long-listed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize.
Lafleur is also a noted film director and screenwriter, whose films have included Continental, a Film Without Guns and You’re Sleeping, Nicole.
Stéphane Lafleur: voice, guitar, ukulele, kazoo, flute, synthesizer
Nicolas Moussette: bass, lap steel guitar
Mathieu Charbonneau: baryton, synthesizer
Joël Vaudreuil: drums, autoharp, kazoo
Avec pas d’casque (independent, 2004)
Trois chaudières de sang (Dare to Care Records, 2006)
Dans la nature jusqu’au cou (Grosse Boîte), 2008)
Astronomie (Grosse Boîte, 2012)
Dommage que tu sois pris (Grosse Boîte, 2013)
Effets spéciaux (Grosse Boîte, 2016)
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^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
^ Tucker, Rebecca (June 14, 2012). “Polaris Prize nominees: Feist, Grimes, Leonard Cohen among this year’s longlisted artists”. National Post. Archived from the original on June 17, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.