Octobre
Octobre


4.0
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Review

by Thank you YES USER (41 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2014 | 20 replies | 804 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Octobre semble lutter contre la maudite machine...

12 of 12 thought this review was well written

Progressive rock can have many kinds of subjects: from war, fantasies of the medieval times, as well the tarot cards. Hell, it can even be about a tale of two brothers in New York City. However, one subject in Canada was practically rarely discussed: the government itself. Octobre, named after a local political crisis in their hometown of Quebec, would come to the front out of the many bands spawned by the French-Canadian/Quebecois folk rock renaissance of the early seventies (along with Harmonium, Offenbach and Maneige) to go against the higher-ups relentlessly. Led by an eighteen year-old vocalist/keyboardist from a bourgeoisie upbringing, Pierre Flynn had a bone to pick with the government along with other band mates, and oddly used the genre of progressive rock to voice their discontent with the political situation of the time.

Octobre’s self-titled album, released in 1973, would introduce many into the horrid situation Quebec was in at the time. Most notably the October Crisis of 1970, which would result in the assassination of Quebec’s Labor Minister Pierre Laporte. These particular incidents, along with the reluctance of the local government to do much about the situation angered many; Flynn was one of the many.

Recorded on a shoe-string budget, Octobre was rather short, clocking in at twenty-eight minutes. As far it was concerned, that was more than enough time to convey the band’s message, and left for absolutely no time to waste on the typical progressive rock tropes. The main focus was getting the point across, which was well done. Behind the message was the excellent work done by the band: Mario Legare’s fluid bass work, as well Pierre Hebert’s stunningly accurate drumming held the compositions by Pierre Flynn together. Not to mention the edge guitarist Jean Dorais brought to Octobre’s music.

Songs such as La maudite machine (The Damn Machine), and Les Vivants (The Living), would show many the great anger welling within the band, and would inspire a younger generation of French-Canadians to speak out against the local government. Throughout the album, there are vague hints of folk-rock, most notably on Au fond de tes yeux (Deep in Your Eyes) and Bonjour (Hello), which brings up comparisons to fellow Quebec band Harmonium. There are also touches of influences by Gentle Giant and Genesis on tracks like Ca prend presque rien (It Takes Almost Nothing), which further displayed the band’s intent on causing change in Quebec, one way or another.

With the exception of a few weak moments, Octobre made for a staggering debut unlike any other. The folk-rock influences would eventually phase out, but for the time being, it would have to remain while the band searched for their voice. The aggression of the band’s music can only give a vague idea of what was going on at the time, and to make it more confusing to some, it was entirely in a foreign language. But language truly doesn’t matter; only if you can immerse yourself into the world of Octobre will you understand what happened. And maybe the music will accompany you in discovering the story of the people of Quebec, and finally understanding the message the band tried to convey forty years earlier.



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manosg
March 23rd 2014



5681 Comments


Nice review man, pos. The track is really good, interesting stuff.

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Jethro42
March 23rd 2014



12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review rules. It's very informative and you're right, a series of event are attached to the name ''Octobre'' or ''October crisis'' starting in 1970 here in Québec. I couldnt really describe those events in French, so imagine in English. ''Les Vivants'', ''Dans Ma Ville'' et ''La Maudite Machine'' stand out for me.

YakNips
March 23rd 2014



7076 Comments


Whats better though, this album or their hair

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YakNips
March 23rd 2014



7076 Comments


Maybe I will :D

Jethro42
March 23rd 2014



12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what was in play during the Octobre Crise is the war measures act. That set off a kind of civil war. I cant really explain why that happened though. I see what you tried to do with your summary there. That's fine.

Jethro42
March 23rd 2014



12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice! Let's just hope Octobre will do a great effect, and here I'm not talking about the quality reviews, cos they are. I worry about the amount of visitors. October is an obscure prog band after all.

Jethro42
March 23rd 2014



12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Probably yeah.
''Octobre ressemble à lutter contre la machine maudite...''
Write this instead; Octobre semble lutter contre la maudite machine...

Onirium
March 23rd 2014



1646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome review as always! I'm planning on reviewing Survivance someday. I love the way your review has a more historical side, as it is an important element of Octobre's music, and of a lot of Québecois music of the 70s. For a debut album, this is definitely a classic.

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Onirium
March 23rd 2014



1646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, though I'm not really experienced in reviewing, but I'll do my best. I have so much things I'd like to review.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2014



15776 Comments


nice rev, not heard ill check it out tomorrow

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Jethro42
March 23rd 2014



12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can see you easily digging these guys, menawati. One of the best prog bands coming from Québec. I'd first try Survivance.

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2014



28300 Comments


like how culd I not pos

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CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2014



28300 Comments


nice dhig

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2014



28300 Comments


nice. He has lots to flow about now since his run in with death, so...

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2014



28300 Comments


agreed, s'all that matters

u should too. Just write down ur rhymes. It's not freestyle ya know

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2014



28300 Comments


do it maine. Just work on enunciating it and keeping it time and allowing it flow with style and grace like swanz on ice

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2014



28300 Comments


If you write it and really don't wanna flow it I'll do it for you bro, like I said I'm an mc Jedi

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2014



28300 Comments


Sounds legiz ma nig, I'm basically an uncertified professional disney actor too so I's got different voices I can impersonate too so I can always create one just for you so nigs don't get they shii confuzed

CaptainDooRight
March 23rd 2014



28300 Comments


spoken lika Don

CaptainDooRight
March 24th 2014



28300 Comments


at leazt



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