Konflit

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Konflit, formerly Konflit Dramatik, are a Canadian rap rock band, most prominent in the 2000s.[1] One of the most prominent Franco-Ontarian musical groups of their era, the band had a varying lineup over its lifetime with vocalist Christian Berthiaume as the only constant member.[2]

They were originally formed in 1998 in Sudbury, Ontario by Berthiaume and guitarist Édouard Landry, for the purpose of competing in the La Brunante music competition.[3] They were finalists in the competition, but did not win; following the competition, the other original band members left while Berthiaume and Landry continued with David Poulin (guitar), Guy Coutu (bass) and Alain Tremblay (drums) of Les Chaizes Muzikales.[3] They performed at Sudbury's Northern Lights Festival Boréal in 1998 and 2000,[4] and at La Nuit sur l'étang in 2000 and 2001,[2] before releasing their debut EP Hors d'œuvre dresse la table in 2001.[2] The album's title track was released as a single in both English and French versions, with the French video receiving airplay on TFO and MusiquePlus, and the English video receiving airplay on MuchMusic.[5] The video was filmed in the cavern at Science North.[6]

Berthiaume, Poulin and Tremblay continued with the band, which added Jason Richer on bass and Josée Poulin on violin and keyboards.[2] Their first full-length album, Univers dissimulé, was released in 2003.[7] The album won the award for francophone album of the year at the inaugural Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards,[8] and the making of the album was filmed by John Hartman for a documentary film, which won the award for Best Film Editing at the same awards.[9] The album's singles included "Holes in You" and "Fait à la maison".[7] In 2004, they performed at the Francofête festival in Moncton, New Brunswick.[10]

They released their second album, Morgue, in 2005. Their tour to support the album included participation in Tour Tournée, a bilingual touring concert sponsored by CBC Radio 3 and Bande à part.[11]

With a lineup now consisting of Berthiaume, Marie Boulanger on guitar and keyboards, Shawn Arseneau on bass and Cory Lalonde on drums,[12] the band relocated to Montreal before their self-titled third album was released in 2008.[13] The album featured the band's biggest hit, "Je t'aime Québec", which was based on a poem by Patrice Desbiens,[13] as well as the song "La mère de toutes les dystopies", based on a poem by Robert Dickson,[14] and a cover of Jean-Pierre Ferland's "God Is an American".[15] The album was also accompanied by a short National Film Board documentary, À l'ombre d'un Konflit Dramatik, about the making of the "Je t'aime Québec" video.[14]

In 2009, the band changed its name to Konflit,[15] and released the album Shift. They have not released any further albums since Shift, but released several new standalone singles to their Bandcamp page in 2013 and 2017 under a style that has evolved toward electronic trance music.

Discography[edit]

  • Hors d'œuvre dresse la table (2001)
  • Univers dissimulé (2003)
  • Morgue (2005)
  • Konflit Dramatik (2008)
  • Shift (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johanne Melançon and Lucie Hotte, Introduction à la littérature franco-ontarienne. Prise de parole, 2010. ISBN 9782894230848. pp. 182-184.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Universal Language of Music: English, French -- rock 'n' roll doesn't care". Sudbury Star, October 18, 2002.
  3. ^ a b Pierrette Madore, "Konflit Dramatik : L’avenir est rempli de promesse!". Liaison (v. 104), 1999. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Music abounds at Northern Lights". Sudbury Star, July 3, 2000.
  5. ^ "Local band's video to play on MuchMusic". Sudbury Star, January 3, 2002.
  6. ^ "A sense of duty". Sudbury Star, October 18, 2002.
  7. ^ a b "Wanted: city's freakiest people". Sault Star, December 2, 2003.
  8. ^ "Northern awards announced". North Bay Nugget, September 17, 2003.
  9. ^ "Sudbury goes a little Hollywood for one evening". Sudbury Star, September 16, 2003.
  10. ^ "Francofete 2004; The renowned 10- day annual celebration of Acadian arts and culture begins today". Times & Transcript, November 4, 2004.
  11. ^ "8 free concerts across Canada - February 23-March 11, 2006". Canada NewsWire, February 8, 2006.
  12. ^ Serge Monette, "À l’épreuve du temps : Konflit fête ses 10 ans". Liaison (141), 2008. pp. 50–51.
  13. ^ a b "KONFLIT DRAMATIK : KONFLIT DES GÉNÉRATIONS". Voir, January 8, 2009.
  14. ^ a b "Konflit Dramatik featured in documentary and launch new album across Canada". Sudbury Star, January 22, 2008.
  15. ^ a b Jean Cloutier, "KONFLIT moins DRAMATIK". Liaison, (143), 2009. pp. 45–46.

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