Lanterner is a noise/improv/rock band comprised of Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt (drums, electronics) and Steve Bates (guitar, electronics).
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Lanterner's 3rd full-length, Tactics, was released by The Dim Coast.
Image: Thomas Made in France
These songs Throb and Drift with a Lean Tension and pulsing, dreamt, attempt at escape(s), duly watched over by the still anxious ghosts of minutemen and This Heat...
Lanterner swings between rock, noise and drone. Sets can weigh more to one side of the triad depending on the mood in the room, but typically songs shift back and forth between a rock’n’roll set up of guitars and drums and the buzzing fields of improvised electronics. Not ruthlessly aggressive or saccharinely sweet, Lanterner rocks and zones out in equal measure.
Spontaneous and driven, improvised and savored over. A great economy of (unmeditated) restraint within open conditions, the dense and the sparse as equal actors.
Lanterner is Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt, also of the much-loved Montréal noise duo, Hyena Hive, and Steve Bates, Winnipeg-raised noise guitar. They found each other at a backyard BBQ in Montréal. Next, a three hour, no-discussion practice session sealed their current fate. They love making music together.
As much as Lanterner can so magically transport to the stark, uneasy, pastorally tilting worlds of the old NZ Noise and to what is still rattling from some of the greater US Post Punk adventures... This fierce and naked sound is made unmistakably Now, in Montreal, coming out from the city itself. Its warm concrete and revealed skin.
Cover image: Douglas Moffat
The Files of Endless Correspondences
Toledo Lights Passt
Blues for Marc
I’d Prefer Not To
Hermes Traffic Control
there are points of brilliance burning steadily like low stars
Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt: drums, electronics, piano
Steve Bates: guitar, electronics, pocket synth
Recorded and mixed in Montreal, Winter, 2011
Mastered by James Plotkin
Artwork and Design by Douglas Moffat
Of the two received releases by Canada's Oral label I left one with Jliat, but I heard about of that Harsh Noise Wall, and together with this, one could say its quite a bit of change for the label, which we have known for electro-acoustic music, microsound and those mighty fine re-issues of Monoton. So Lanterner is different than most of the releases on Oral. Lanterner is a duo of Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt (from Montreal, also of Hyena Hive) and Steve Bates, originally from Winnipeg. They met at a BBQ and hit it off after a three hour session of playing music together. I am not sure if this CD stems from that first session, but it starts out in a heavy mood. Guitar and drums bang along, but it turns out that they want to make a heavy first impression, before showing their capacities in more quieter areas of drones, rock, noise and spacey psychedelic ambiance. Here we have seven tracks that sound like Yellow Swans recorded on analogue, cheap equipment, in a basement in New Zeal and. Rough on the edges, if you know what I mean. Refinement is not their keyword. Sometimes the drums (Reinhardt) bang out, like a rock group, but on other occasions its more spacious, improvised noise of 'a not so noise kind'. Oral makes a reference to This Heat, which at first I thought was odd, but perhaps it does make sense, come to think of it. Not because of the singing, as there is none here, but in moving from rock to improvisation, from noise to the sheer love of experimentation with sound. This Heat indeed, or perhaps also a bit like Dome. But all of which in a some what more lo-fi manner here and all a tad bit more noise based. Quite a fine discovery. (FdW)
LANTERNER self-titled (ORAL) This local duo completely surprises with a weaving of rock/drone/psych/doom served up in epic proportions. Keep yer eyes peeled for these guys. 8 (JC)
Live photo: Thomas Made in France