The lasting influence of Flattened Marmots

“It’s the kind of band who made you want to play music. », says Marc-André Grondin about the Marmottes Aplaties, who are returning to the stage for a short series of shows. A look back at the influence of a small major group.

At the time, Guillaume Beauregard had a rather modest conception of what success was. “I remember working at a ski resort and spending all my shifts listening to CISM [la radio de l’Université de Montréal] », says the man whose group, Vulgaires Machins, had not yet often ventured outside of Granby. “ Intravenous pedophilia [tiré du premier album des Marmottes] played a lot, and for me, at that time, touring at CISM was what success was all about. »

Around twenty years after the dissolution of the group, the mark left by the Marmottes Aplaties in the great little history of seriously unserious music continues to be confirmed. After putting their discography back into circulation in 2018 (on vinyl and online), the trio formed by singer and guitarist Bruno Lamoureux, bassist Sébastien Goyette and drummer Martin Lussier restarts the engine of its car, time to impress all these puppets with some shows in Montreal, Quebec and Alma.

“As they were a step ahead of us, they made us want to play in the same leagues as them,” continues Beauregard. They had so many great hooks, crazy flippancy and ridiculous lyrics. In show, they created a kind of magic. »

Like friends

Founded in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu by three high school friends who were barely 15 years old when they recorded their first demo tape (Truck1994), the Marmottes Aplaties sent the signal, through their contagious effrontery, their saving impertinence and the immediacy of their melodies, that anyone with access to a guitar or a drum kit could follow in their footsteps.

“Marmots are the kind of band who gave you the taste for playing music,” says actor (and drummer) Marc-André Grondin, one of the group’s most enthusiastic apostles. In November 2018, the Ecrapoutis mammals offered him the surprise of a visit to the plateau ofLive from the universeone of those incredible moments that France Beaudoin’s show provokes.


The Flattened Marmots on the plateauLive from the universe

It’s as if they told you that you didn’t need to be a virtuoso: if you were good and had heart, that was enough. They always seemed to be having fun, they were giving of themselves and, what’s more, you had the impression that they were your friends.

Marc-André Grondin

As introverted as he is, Olivier Niquet was for a time the singer of a basement band called Out of Range, which performed certain skate punk anthems from NOFX, Lagwagon and No Use for a Name. “And when the Marmottes arrived, it was refreshing to hear that music, but in my language,” recalls the man in whose cortex every word of the album 1001 songs to enhance your meals (1996) remains printed. Including The scouts, A Golfer’s Revenge And… Intravenous pedophilia.

To this day I couldn’t tell you what NOFX or Lagwagon were singing, I have no idea what their message was. Whereas for the Marmots… well, I understood that there weren’t any!

Olivier Niquet

Destroy at the Bell Center

Now aged 45, Bruno Lamoureux works as an artistic director in a publishing house, Sébastien Goyette in a secondary school and Martin Lussier, as a professor in the department of social and public communication at UQAM. He is also perhaps the only professor at UQAM to have already organized a spaghetti wrestling match (during the launch of the second Marmottes album, Bloody episodein 1999).

It’s certain Bloody episode what is located Destroythe group’s signature song, whose music video parodying the Godzilla films has probably been broadcast as often on MusiquePlus as that ofI Want It That Way of the Backstreet Boys. A hymn to the constructive power of destruction, propelled by one of the most menacing and electrifying bass lines in the history of Quebec rock.

“MusiquePlus has allowed us to reach an audience that we could never have dreamed of, everywhere in the province,” thinks Martin Lussier, now a member, with Sébastien, of the group Le Dernier Assaut, while Bruno recently set up the group Cornette. “That’s what ensured that when we arrived in Saguenay, the theaters were full, even if we had no radio coverage. »

However, Les Marmottes were far from imagining that one of their songs would one day be part of the Bell Center playlist, as has been the case since 2019 with the Canadian version of Destroy.

The fruit of a long lobbying campaign by Marc-André Grondin, carried out on Twitter. “I have a friend who works at Groupe CH,” he says, “and who told me that one day, Geoff Molson came into her office and asked her: “What are these, Flattened Marmots?” There are lots of people talking about this on Twitter. ” She had gone to look for the clip of Destroy on YouTube and she watched it with Geoff Molson. I’ve never had as much influence as I did that time. »

This Saturday, September 23 at the Foufounes Électriques, on the 29 at the Anti de Québec and on the 30 at the Café du Clocher in Alma

Their favorite Marmots Aplaties song

William Beauregard

Lunchbox. I never understood anything about the lyrics, but the chorus is the best hook in the band. »

Marc-André Grondin

Destroy. Even if it’s called “destroying”, there is something positive in this tune. No matter how I feel, it will energize me. It’s so simple, but it works. It’s a bit like the Quebec equivalent of Surfin’Bird. »

Olivier Niquet

THE not fine, because the phrase “fine steps are mean” is genius. »

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