Photo by Béatrice Flynn
Twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge may call Montréal home, but their roots reach back to the warmer weather of Silicon Valley. Perhaps it’s that sun-born blood that infuses their band The Muscadettes with its surf vibes, something they introduced to the world with their recent Side A EP. But the girls and their band aren’t all sunshine and ocean breezes, and they’ll look to showcase their moodier side with a companion EP aptly dubbed Side B.
Due out November 6th from PaperCup Music, the new EP maintains the ’60s pop inspiration of Side A, but finds the band settling deeper into the garage as they hunker down for the French Canadian winter. As a prime example of this, they’ve shared the release’s lead single, “Earthquake”. There’s plenty of drop-top synths and sweet-sour guitar strains throughout the track, yet there’s also something darker twisting throughout. All those bright notes get mucked in bass and drums in a chorus of lyrics that may not be as romantic as they seem.
“I was watching old Hitchcock movies when I was trying to finish writing it and so that’s what inspired the vibe lyrically,” Chantal tells Consequence of Sound. “It’ s about how love can be thrilling but also anxiety inducing at the same time.” That certainly goes a way to explaining lines like, “Surrender, my tender/ Your heart is my revolver/ I pull the trigger to the beat.”
Take a listen below.