A genuine vehicle for impromptu grooves and point-blank prose, Mon Doux Saigneur was created on a Montreal balcony in the summer of 2014 by Emerik St-Cyr Labbé, who hails from the Montérégie region. The band released its self-titled debut in 2017 under Grosse Boîte. A unique blend of minimalist folk, Malian blues, and groovy country rock, the album led to touring in Quebec and earned the Lucien award for Indie Rock Album of the Year at the 2018 GAMIQ ceremony. An ever-active creative force, the band released its second album, Horizon, in early 2020.
A genuine vehicle for impromptu grooves, point-blank prose, lo-fi rock and country twang, Mon Doux Saigneur was created in 2014 on a Montreal balcony by Emerik St-Cyr Labbé, who hails from the Montérégie region. As a solo artist, he first released an EP in April 2015, MONDOUXSAIGNEUR#1. Produced by Jesse Mac Cormack, the release features a short tracklist of free-flowing and electrically driven songs, with raw and inventive lyrics.
Picked up by Grosse Boîte the following year, after a series of surprising performances at the Francouvertes, Emerik holed up in a studio with a bunch of friends—David Marchand, Étienne Dupré, Eliott Durocher, and Mandela Coupal—who would become his regular bandmates, ultimately transforming the project into a group effort. As a result, Mon Doux Saigneur released an inspired self-titled debut, combining minimalist folk, Malian blues, and groovy country rock, which earned the Lucien award for Indie Rock Album of the Year at the 2018 GAMIQ ceremony.
More and more land unfolded before them as their gig calendar filled up. Mon Doux Saigneur appeared in Quebec’s most prestigious music festivals, including the Francos de Montréal, POP Montreal, and Coup de cœur francophone. The band members developed a stronger bond among themselves and also with their audience. “People who come to our shows again and again, who know the lyrics, who chat us up. It’s awesome,” summarizes St-Cyr Labbé.
An ever-active creative force, Mon Doux Saigneur releases a second album, Horizon, after dropping several singles in 2018. Fans have thus been treated to the lo-fi rock grooves of “Mythologie” and “Horizon,” the shack-rocking country boogie of “Tempérance,” and the introspective folk of “Content.” A new musical soundscape unfolded in early 2020 when the group unveiled its liberating, well-grounded effort. “It’s as if our debut was a pastel and now we’ve upgraded to oil painting.” And things are looking good for the future.