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Montrealers thrive out west with drum ’n bass

Who: Blue Quarter

Where: Boot Pub

When: Monday, Feb. 4

"We’re all from Montreal, but hooked up out West on the hill and at a jam, and it’s all really coming together," says Stephane Fortin, bass player for the nine-month old outfit Blue Quarter, based in Canmore, Alberta.

With influences ranging from John Scofield jazz to more revved up electronica, Blue Quarter have found their sound through live performances.

"We’re not a jam band, but we do make what we call ‘electro-lounge’ music through playing live, when there’s a good vibe with audiences, like in Whistler. (Drummer) Bitou and I actually met at a jam session at the Rose and Crown pub," he says.

They say one visit to the mountains and you’re hooked.

"Bitou was out for a three-week vacation, but we played together and he ended up staying for the last two years. We played The Swimming bar on Rue St. Laurent in Montreal, and now we’re working on a first album which will include Phat Slacker and Playstation," he adds.

Third member Olivier Lagace is on a Chapman stick, and used to play bass with bands out east.

Their predominantly instrumental sound has been likened to Thomas Dolby, Depeche Mode, and William Orbit. They will bring that sound on tour through Winnipeg, Ontario, and P.E.I. in March 2002.

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