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Born in Marieville, Thierry Larose set his teenage years to a soundtrack of lo-fi American pop and Quebec indie singer-songwriter records from the 2000s. In the summer of 2018, in his early twenties, he moved to Montreal with the intent of taking a sabbatical from his English literature studies to focus solely on music. In just a few months, he put together a band, entered the studio to record four songs, and was selected to perform at the showcase competition Les Francouvertes. It all took off from there: he was approached by Grosse Boîte, was invited to open for Safia Nolin and Les sœurs Boulay on several dates, landed gigs at Pop Montréal, Santa Teresa and St-Roch XP without really having any music online, released a two-song EP, and in October 2019, went back in the studio to begin working on a debut album. Glittering rock, free-flowing, youthful indie pop, beautiful and sensitive songwriting, and lyrics that deliver poignant messages through subtle narration, imagery, and irony.

In 2021, following the release of “Les amants de Pompéi’’, the album Cantalou was created. Humbly, Thierry has only one hope for the album: that upon listening to it, people can feel what he felt the first time he watched Before Sunrise.

Born in Marieville, Thierry Larose set his teenage years to a soundtrack of lo-fi American pop and Quebec indie singer-songwriter records from the 2000s, which he discovered via the discount bins of a local shop and through Radio-Canada’s now defunct Bande à part. In the summer of 2018, in his early twenties, he moved to Montreal with the intent of taking a sabbatical from his English literature studies to focus solely on music.

A while ago, Thierry met singer-songwriter Marie Claudel, whose guitar skills greatly impressed him. Later, he met Charles-Antoine Olivier, a.k.a. CAO—the drummer of Zen Bamboo, with whom Thierry always talks about vulnerability and the raw emotion of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise—and a band was born. No later than that fall, the nascent foursome made its way to Madame Wood studio to record a few tracks.

The group’s songs were submitted to the showcase competition Les Francouvertes, for which Thierry was selected to perform. In early 2019, he gained attention for his performances in the preliminary round and the semi-finals of the competition—not bad, considering these were his very first shows with the band. During this same period, he unveiled a video for “Cache-cou,” the very first song released under his own name, and to top it off, Safia Nolin invited him to open for a few of her concerts.

Over the course of the following months, he released a digital EP featuring “Cache-cou” and the upbeat pop-punk track “La vie ne vaut d’être vêtue.” He also appeared in festivals such as Pop Montréal, Santa Teresa, and St-Roch XP, made multiple radio appearances, and opened on a few occasions for Les sœurs Boulay, all while writing songs on a regular basis.

Approached by Alexandre Martel, who enthusiastically offered him his services as a producer, the young artist and his new friend went into the studio in the fall of 2019 to create a debut album. The precept of the burgeoning opus was a simple one: despite all the music that has been made in the past, it’s always possible to create something new. Glittering rock, free-flowing, youthful indie pop, beautiful and sensitive songwriting, and lyrics that deliver poignant messages through subtle narration, imagery and irony: it’s all on the way. Following the release of “Les amants de Pompéi’’, the album Cantalou was released in spring 2021. Humbly, Thierry has only one hope for the album: that upon listening to it, people can feel what he felt the first time he watched Before Sunrise.

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