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The other side
Andre Massicotte is a fusion of pop/jazz with a new-wave electronic funk flavor and guitar love in his CD, "The Other Side".
Nothing is more clear of that direction than "Clear" - a techno jazz/guitar alien voiced and Prince-inspired bit of smooth groove.
"Open Your Mind" begins with 80's keys and a Wham-ish feel with Andre showcasing his gentle baritone vibrato. "Movin On" begins with lead guitar and travels into an island percussive feel that broaches reggae while remaining in a jazz/rock place.
Massicotte's vocals are more up front in the track and the soulful growl in some of his performance is a highlight. The groove continues, with a bit of playful composition in the instrumental "My Two Cats". The lead melody line is on clean slide electric - and the upper register double-stops are compelling as they make way for distorted slide lead lines. We assume his two cats are represented by the tones.
"Funky You" is a page out of the late James Brown book of simple and moving repeated progression - Massicotte even pays homage lyrically with several 'uh's and 'i gotcha baby, hmm's. Keyboard horn stabs ride atop a rhythm that is Bootsie Collins worthy - with the occasional break in space for a 4-count clean outside guitar line.
It's one of our favorites on the record. Guitar is the central theme in "Jimi Said" in the musical and lyrically nod to Hendrix.As Kravitz before him, Massicotte pushes an axe riff that is memorable and modern.
More flashy guitar graces "Won't You Call My Name" - the verses and song portion really serve as an intermission between cool guitar lines. Overall the CD is a versatile guitar-based concoction of original approaches to a myriad of genres. Based in blues based rock and funk, the sum total is a musical trip that has unique pit stops along the same highway.
The other side
I'm from Quebec City, about 280 Kl. From Montreal, in the Province of Quebec, Canada.
From the age of Fifteen, I've learn the guitar (Electric) with a friend,
I remember practicing Chet Atkins, The Ventures, That was in the early '60.
My first influence came from Elvis Presley, after that came The Beatles, that is when I really went full time in Music, She loves you Yea Yea Yea…
The Jimi Hendrix, It was very difficult for us (the Band then) to play Hendrix, He was so hot on the guitar, very much in advance for it's time,
plus the people where we play would'nt appreciate much this kind of music, it was very underground, ' psychedelick'.
And my first band, we played very commercial music for marriage,ect…
I have my home Studio, so it is very easy to work on my compos, night or day, I put my headphones, plug my guitar into my Pod Line6,
Start the beat that I have in mind, After, play some bass on the Keyboard, then back to the drum… Back to the Guitar….and the Sing.
The most difficult for me is the lyrics, I am French speaking, a little English..
The Blues and Rock sounds better in English, so I work hard to compose in English..
I usualy work alone, to compose. I like it better that way. But after the basic work is done on my compos, in a near futur, I will have a old friend of mine that lives in Quebec City, Jean Letarte, he will record some drums tracks on my compos. (Can't wait to hear the result of that…)
And we have another project for a Duo and produce another album…
I've played cover songs with many bands, Pop Corn Blues Band, Les Maitres (Morse Code),Les Chevelles,Andre Collin, Projet-X, Pro-Style with Anita Godina, Ect..
Played songs from The Beatles, Presley, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, to name a few.. I do now my compositions of Blues Rock.
The album "The other side" is available now from Soundclick mp3 (See link),and is available in CD Digital from CD Baby, Click (Buy now)
J'ai chanté et joué Presley, The Beatles, Genesis, Pink Floyd, ect.. J'ai joué dans plusieurs groupes, Pop Corn Blues Band, Les Maitres (Morse Code), Les Chevelles, Pro-Style avec Anita Godina, ect..
L' album "The other side qui est disponible maintenant sur Internet mp3 (Soundclick,voir lien), en CD Digital sur CD Baby et earbuzzhttp://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AndreMassicotte