An engaging, yet somewhat detached young man, Gab Bouchard grew up in Saint-Prime, surrounded by some of Lac-Saint-Jean’s legends (his father, a killer drummer named Pierre Bouchard, had a covers band with Noël Fortin), who exposed him to music from day one. He taught himself guitar at the tender age of six and began writing songs on a daily basis around 10 years old. He released Cerveau-lent, a country-rock debut EP, at the beginning of his adult life. Later on, he laid the foundation for his career by moving to Montreal and competing in the Francouvertes. He then spent a vast portion of 2018 and 2019 in the studio, working on his full-length debut with friend and producer Olivier Langevin. Released in February 2020, Gab Bouchard’s debut is the detailed account of a breakup. The concept album takes the listener through all the stages of this universal pain that won’t kill you but will certainly derail you for awhile.
Being born into music is one thing—making a life out of it is a whole other deal. Such is the road travelled by Gab Bouchard, an engaging, yet somewhat detached young man. Born in Saint-Prime, Gab had the good fortune of growing up surrounded by some of Lac-Saint-Jean’s music legends. His father, a killer drummer named Pierre Bouchard, had a covers band with Noël Fortin (the father of another Saint-Prime native who needs no introduction). By attending his father’s rehearsals in his legendary garage, the young Gab Bouchard was exposed to the likes of Neil Young, The Stones, and Wilco. This inspired him to rummage through his family’s bins of vinyl and steal the Nirvana records his father didn’t want him to listen to because they were too violent. He also taught himself guitar at the tender age of six and perfected his skills via YouTube a few years later. Once he managed to play “Hey Hey, My My” reasonably well, he began to write his own songs when he was barely ten. He didn’t have much to say at first, but he made a daily discipline out of it, crafting songs that combined the sounds of folk, rock, and country. When he reached the age of majority, his father told him: “If you’re serious about music, I’ll help you.” And that’s when things really started to take off.
In 2017, Gab Bouchard released Cerveau-lent, a debut EP with a distinctive country-rock sound and pop accents. The recording was launched in Lac-Saint-Jean with a band including his father and his buddies. Fuelled by this early local success, he took his bleached bowl haircut and iconic moustache to Montreal, determined to recreate the buzz in the big city. Backed by his friends from the band Gazoline, he entered the Francouvertes competition, made it into the semi-finals, and spent part of the summer of 2018 on tour. In the fall, he retired from the stage to work on his first full-length album.
Released in February 2020, Gab Bouchard’s debut is the detailed account of a breakup. The concept album takes the listener through all the stages of this universal pain that won’t kill you but will certainly derail you for awhile.