Bullets in the Penguin
Mon Electric Bijou create a dignified, country/post-punk sound quite obviously inspired by the likes of The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Only Ones, Neu! And Archers Of Loaf whether they intended to or not. Fronted by Martin Saz, the band was formed in the summer of 2002 in Montreal, Canada. Mon Electric Bijou's debut album, Songs Made From Plastic (2002), on which Martin Saz was the only musician, was considered by many as raw and experimental rock n roll. After the album was released, Saz needed a time-tested band to recreate the emotional vibes of the album. He then called his collaborators, Jason Sanchez and Martin Guilbo, to join his speeding wagon. Inspired by the Keith Moon-Muppets drumming style of Jason Sanchez and by the soulful-immature bass licks of Martin Guilbo, Saz quickly wrote new songs for what would become Bijou's second album, If Blood Could Speak (2004). Their second effort greatly helped MEB to redefine and craft their sound. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, Martin Guilbo left the wagon after years of faithful partnership. Freshly released, Bullets In The Penguin is without a doubt, Mon Electric Bijou's finest effort. Every aspect of the project is an improvement from the last. To record the album, Sanchez & Saz teamed up with fellow musicians and friends Martin Robillard, whose bass lines can make a grown man cry and guitar guru Christian Aubin. Their creative efforts have patched the cracks on the band's sonic foundation. Bottom line, Bullets In The Penguin is a raw, honest, unpolished and sensitive album............Leopold Goodman.