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Xavier Germain-Poitras (guitar)
Louis Guillemette (drums)

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Hackneyed as it may be to mention, the Montreal duo Solids did an excellent job choosing a name. While listening to Blame Confusion (Fat Possum / Dine Alone Records), it's hard to imagine that an album this densely packed with sound is the handiwork of just two people, but guitarist Xavier Germain-Poitras and drummer Louis Guillemette fill every possible nook and cranny on their debut album with heavy yet melodic music. Like plenty of other indie rock bands in the 2010s, Solids take inspiration from alt-rock's early-'90s heyday, and it's easy to hear bits of Sonic Youth, Superchunk, and Dinosaur Jr. in their revved-up songs. At times they also resemble a lo-fi ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, especially on "Off White," which shifts from raging to reflective in its epic sweep. However, Germain-Poitras and Guillemette's time in hardcore bands is just as important to Solids' approach; the duo sounds much more passionate than the like-minded bands that borrow too much from the slacker ethos of the '90s. They wear this anthemic spirit well: even on the poppiest songs, like the title track and "Haze Away," Blame Confusion vibrates with barely contained energy. On furious tracks such as "Traces" and "Cold Hands," the tension between Guillemette and Germain-Poitras' big sound and Adrian Popovich's stripped-down production generates sparks. The duo also pulls off an honest-to-goodness ballad with the brawny yet melancholy closing track "Terminal," which, in its own way, shows how far Solids have come from 2010's debut EP Generic Dogs as much as the louder songs here. It's too easy to call Blame Confusion a solid first album; nevertheless, it's still a consistently entertaining and impressive debut.

Whether playing on stages of majors events such as SXSW, Osheaga, Pop Montreal, The Great Escape and Sled Island or in some packed and humid decrepit basements, Xavier and Louis sweat blood because they don’t know any other way of making music. Solids is somehow a gift for all those who never feel as alive as when they’re submerged in decibels!
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Solids release Blame Confusion on cassette

To celebrate their acclaimed release, Blame Confusion, Solids' 2014 debut is being released on cassette tape available exclusively via our webstore. Buy">bit.ly it here.

The Montreal-based duo is gearing up for a North American tour later this month - including stops at Halifax Pop Explosion, CMJ, THE FEST, and Noisey's Holiday Series. Dates:

Oct 17, 2014 - Pub Town Under - St. John, NB %&
Oct 18, 2014 - Plan B - Moncton, NB %&
Oct 19, 2014 - The Fox Den - Sydney, NS %&
Oct 21, 2014 - Capital Complex, Fredericton, NS w/ PS I Love You, Cousins
Oct 22, 2014 - Halifax Pop Explosion - Halifax, NS
Oct 23, 2014 - Great Scott - Boston, MA %$
Oct 24, 2014 - Arlenes Grocery, CMJ Marathon / M for Montreal showcase, New York, NY w/ The Posterz, Lydia Ainsworth, Heat
Oct 24, 2014 - Shea Stadium, CMJ Marathon / Ipsum Mag and heavy Trip showcase, Brooklyn, NY w/ Paws, Heat
Oct 25, 2014 - Amityville Music Hall - Amityville, NY %
Oct 26, 2014 - The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA %$
Oct 27, 2014 - Black Cat - Washington, DC %$
Oct 28, 2014 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA %$
Oct 30, 2014 - The Fest - Gainesville, FL
Oct 31, 2014 - High Dive, The Fest, Gainesville, FL w/ Dads, The Hotelier, Foxing, Prawn
Nov 02, 2014 - New Worlds Brewery, Tampa, FL
Nov 03, 2014 - UTC - Georgia Tech, GA #
Nov 04, 2014 - Casbah - Charlotte, NC #
Nov 06, 2014 - University of Delaware - Newark, DE #
Nov 08, 2014 - Bistro Mouton Noir - Val-David, QC w/ Heat
Nov 21, 2014 - Cafe du Clocher, Alma, QC
Nov 22, 2014 - Le Sous Bois, Chicoutimi, QC
Nov 28, 2014 - Tattoo (Noisey Holiday Series) - Toronto, ON
% w/ The Flatliners
$ w/ Single Mothers
& w/ Teenage Kicks
# w/ Laura Stevenson
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Solids Announce East Coast Tour Dates

Solids are paying the East Coast a visit with New Damage Records' The Flatliners, labelmates Single Mothers and friends in Teenage Kicks this fall!

Click">bit.ly for a free download of "Off White," from the Blame Confusion, out now.

Upcoming Solids tour dates:

Aug 09, 2014 - La Grosse Lanterne - Bethanie, QC w/ Suuns ^
Aug 10, 2014 - Katacombes (Heavy MTL Aftershow) - Montreal, QC *
Sep 19, 2014 - Petit Chicago - Gatineau, QC
Sep 10, 2014 - À la fût - St-Tite, QC
Sep 16, 2014 - Sous sol du Cercle - Quebec City, QC
Oct 17, 2014 - Pub Town Under - St. John, NB %&
Oct 18, 2014 - Plan B - Moncton, NB %&
Oct 19, 2014 - The Fox Den - Sydney, NS %&
Oct 22, 2014 - Halifax Pop Explosion - Halifax, NS
Oct 23, 2014 - Great Scott - Boston, MA %$
Oct 25, 2014 - Amityville Music Hall - Amityville, NY %
Oct 26, 2014 - The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA %$
Oct 27, 2014 - Black Cat - Washington, DC %$
Oct 28, 2014 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA %$
Oct 30, 2014 - The Fest - Gainesville, FL
Nov 03, 2014 - UTC - Georgia Tech, GA #
Nov 04, 2014 - Casbah - Charlotte, NC #
Nov 06, 2014 - University of Delaware - Newark, DE #
Nov 08, 2014 - Bistro Mouton Noir - Val-David, QC

^ w/ Suuns
* w/ Fucked Up
% w/ The Flatliners
$ w/ Single Mothers
& w/ Teenage Kicks
# w/ Laura Stevenson
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Solids release debut album, premiere new video

After months of waiting, Blame Confusion, the debut album from Montreal's Solids is now available. Praised by Pitchfork, NME, and the like, this album is a force to be reckoned with.

smarturl.it target="_blank">Click here to purchase Blame Confusion on iTunes.

bit.ly target="_blank">Order Blame Confusion here on vinyl.

BLAME CONFUSION TRACK LIST
1. Over the Sirens
2. Off White
3. Traces
4. Haze Away
5. Blame Confusion
6. Laisser Faire
7. Cold Hands
8. Through the Walls
9. Not Complaining
10. Terminal

The duo premiered a new video for single "Haze Away" today exclusively via NME. The technicoloured cartoon illustrations synch well with the laid-back vibe of the song, and can be watched above or www.nme.com target="_blank">HERE at the source.

In support of the album, Solids are slated to celebrate its release on Thursday, February 20 at The SIlver Dollar Room in Toronto, followed by an extensive string of North American tour dates including multiple SXSW sets. Find a list of Canadian stops below and their full tour route bit.ly target="_blank">HERE.

SOLIDS CANADIAN TOUR DATES
02/20 Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar Room (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW)
02/21 London, ON @ Call The Office
02/25 Winnipeg, MB @ Union Sound Hall
02/26 Regina, SK @ O’Hanlons Pub
02/27 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis Tavern
02/28 Edmonton, AB @ Wunderbar
03/01 Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
03/03 Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
03/28-29 Montreal, QB @ TRH Club
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Solids announce North American tour, premiere song

Montreal guitar and drum duo SOLIDS have announced a massive string of North American tour dates, kicking off during the later end of February in Toronto and wrapping up in March with back-to-back hometown shows.

February 18 will see the partnering of Dine Alone Records (Canada) and Fat Possum Records (world) for the re-release of the pair's independently released debut album, Blame Confusion. In anticipation, the band is offering up a free stream of second track, Haze Away" via AUX. Fans can pre-order the album right now on iTunes.

bit.ly target="_blank">Click to hear Haze Away on AUX.

smarturl.it target="_blank">Click here to pre-order Blame Confusion on iTunes.

SOLIDS - CANADIAN TOUR DATES
02/20 Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar Room
02/21 London, ON @ Call The Office
02/25 Winnipeg, MB Union Sound Hall
02/26 Regina, SK @ O’Hanlons Pub
02/27 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangelis Tavern
02/28 Edmonton, AB @ Wunderbar
03/01 Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
03/03 Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
03/28-29 Montreal, QB @ TRH Club

bit.ly target="_blank">Click here for a full list of North American tour dates.
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Solids to play Drake Hotel's What's In The Box Fest

Montreal duo solids are slated to play The Drake Hotel's "What's In The Box" Boxing Week Music Fest in Toronto on Friday, December 27. The premise of the event is simple: 5 nights for $5 admission each night - what more could you ask for?

View more event details bit.ly target="_blank">HERE on the venue's site and RSVP on the event page on.fb.me target="_blank">HERE.

The band's debut album, Blame Confusion, is slated for a February 18 re-release with the partnering of Dine Alone Records (Canada) and Fat Possum Records (world), pre-order launching December 10.
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Solids - Haze Away

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