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					                         Winter Gloves
                             about a girl

                           MEDIA KIT 2009
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Check out more on the band online at

about a girl
Paper Bag Records
CDN Release September 9, 2008
US Release March 24, 2009

Winter Gloves is Charles F (lead singer/songwriter/wurlitzer), Pat Sayers (drums), Vincent
Chalifour (synth) and Jean-Michel Pigeon (guitar/glockenspiel). With only a handful of live shows
behind them at the beginning of 2008, Winter Gloves was already earning a quick fan club started
by the likes of Tokyo Police Club, who invited the band to join them on a series of sold-out tour
dates. Such well-attended shows helped spread what was already becoming the wildfire of the
Winter Gloves' Let Me Drive EP tracks across blogs and music chat sites, leading to top pick
coverage at both Canadian Music Week and NXNE that year. The immediate appeal of Winter
Gloves' lead off track, "Let Me Drive", earned single of the week status with iTunes that reached
over 17,000 downloads.

The about a girl LP was featured on MuchMusic's "First Spin" program as well as the featured
album on iTunes Canada during the week of release. In fact, the immediate reaction to the album
was so strong that it was the fastest rising debut album on the Canadian college radio charts
according to Chart Attack, has been put into heavy rotation at XM Radio, and quickly earned the
band an invitation to perform on MTV Live, Musique Plus, and CBC's The Signal.

To support the Canadian release of the band‘s full length in the Fall of 2008, the band continued
on the same foot as things had started with dates alongside Tokyo Police Club and a slot at
Toronto‘s Virgin Festival before hitting the road across Canada with Vancouver‘s You Say Party!
We Say Die! and Quebec‘s Beast. Reactions to the album and these shows immediately secured
showcase opportunities at International conferences, invitations for further touring and secured
spots on ―Best of 2008‖ yearend lists including ―Best New Artist‖ from iTunes Canada.

The about a girl LP is ten songs driven by the sounds of keyboards and drums, all wrapped up in
a constant buzz of bass and gritty synths. The foursome will introduce themselves to the US with
the 3 song, digital-only Let Me Drive EP featuring early sketches of songs that were later
developed for the about a girl LP.

Some Words From The Press:

"Hot Montreal Band" -

"Winter Gloves harness what we've been recognising as a 'Montreal sound', low slun new waves
propelled on by some filthy beats in fine style. But they do it with more charisma and better songs
than anyone else so far. Check their track Let Me Drive." - NME

"Winter Gloves play keyboard-oriented indie rock a la TPC or Passion Pit and were definitely
local favorites." - Brooklyn Vegan (at M for Montreal Festival)

A 30 minute set from my current Canadian indie fascination, Winter Gloves. I absolutely adore
these guys. - Much Music V Fest Coverage (Sept 2008)

     January 10 Toronto, ON- Tranzac, w/ Hexes and Ohs, Green Go
     January 22 Montreal, QC- Jupiter Room
     February 5 Toronto, ON- Horseshoe w/ Ruby Coast
     February 6 Hamiton, ON- Pepper Jack Café w/ Ruby Coast
     February 7 Ottawa, ON- Maverick's w/ Ruby Coast
     February 12 Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
     February 13 Montreal, QC- Les Saints w/ Ruby Coast
     February 24 New York, NY- Piano‘s Paper Bag Records Showcase
     February 27 Quebec City, QC- Le Cercle
     March 18 Austin, TX- Paper Bag Records Showcase, SXSW
     March 21 Austin, TX- M4MTL v T4TO Party, SXSW
     March 24 Bowling Green, OH- Howard‘s Club H

      Exclaim! Tour w/ Thunderheist

     April 2 Guelph, ON- Ebar
     April 3 Kingston, ON- Grad Club
     April 4 Hamilton, ON- Pepper Jack
     April 7 London, ON- Call The Office
     April 9 Peterborough, ON- Montreal House
     April 10 Ottawa, ON- Babylon
     April 11 Montreal, QC- Club Soda
     April 17 Winnipeg, MB- Pyramid
     April 18 Saskatoon, SK- Amigo‘s
     April 21 Edmonton, AB- Starlite
     April 23 Calgary, AB- The Warehouse
     April 25 Vancouver, BC- Biltmore

     April 14 Madison, WI- Project Lodge
     April 15 Minneapolis, MN- 7th St Entry
     April 28 Seattle, WA- Tractor Tavern
     April 30 San Francisco, CA- Rickshaw Stop
     May 1 Los Angeles, CA- Spaceland
     May 5 Austin, TX- Mohawk
     May 11 Washington, DC- DC9
     May 13 New York, NY- Mercury Lounge
Osheaga Festival: Beasties, Coldplay And More
03/31/09 12:07pm

by Erik Leijon (CHARTattack)

MONTREAL — The Osheaga Music And Arts Festival, Montreal's unique entry in the
clogged summer music fest circuit, has snagged a couple of big headliners for their two-
day shindig on Aug. 1 and 2: Coldplay and the Beastie Boys.

Chris Martin and his Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band-clad cronies will headline
the Saturday date, while the seminal Brooklyn MCs will close the festival on Sunday at
Parc Jean-Drapeau.

The Beasties and U2-Lite are a major step up from last year's top draws: Springsteen-
Lite The Killers and beach bum Jack Johnson. Then again, many of those in attendance
would have said Iggy & The Stooges were the real headliners of the event.

Other acts initially included in the already impressive lineup are Arctic Monkeys, Girl
Talk, The Roots, The Decemberists, Jason Mraz, Lykke Li, The Ting Tings, Josh Ritter,
Elbow, The Honey Brothers (featuring Entourage star Adrian Grenier), Kitty, Daisy &
Lewis and Mothers Fathers.

The Canadian acts set to appear are locals Rufus Wainwright, Beast, Le Volume Était
Au Maximum, Winter Gloves, Parlovr and Le Volume Etait Au Maximum, along with
Toronto chiptuners Crystal Castles.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at noon. Weekend passes will cost you $125 and VIP
passes (which get you a "VIP" menu and the opportunity to urinate in a "VIP" stall) are
available for $295. Saturday tickets cost $74.50 and Sunday tickets will go for $64.50.

More information is available through the Osheaga Music And Arts Festival's website.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
New Artist: Winter Gloves

Though indie pop bands aren't exactly a rare commodity, the good ones are always
worth the work it can take to discover them. Winter Gloves, the Canadian-based quartet
led by Charles F, make explosive, danceable synth-rock music that qualifies them as
one such group. The band's debut LP, About A Girl, has recently seen a U.S. release
and caught the attention of Spin, who offered two tracks by the band, their cover of LCD
Soundsystem's "Someone Great" and About A Girl's first single, "Let Me Drive." Both are
worth a download.

The new album is a brief (29 minute) blast of catchy choruses, spiky guitar lines, and
fuzzy keys behind Charles F's theatrical tenor vocals. Aside from the aforementioned
"Let Me Drive," highlights include the urgent opener "Factories," the electro-rocker
"Invisible," and the appropriately named "Party People." The band also mix things up
occasionally with some slower, more pensive numbers like "Glass Paperweight" and
closer "Piano 4 Hands" that round out the album and give it some needed variation,
resulting in a well-balanced record with no filler and plenty of killer. For indie pop addicts,
About A Girl would make an excellent addition to your collection.

If you want to hear more, you can head over to the band's MySpace page. You should
also check out their amazing flip-book music video for "Let Me Drive," which you can see
at my previous post.

Source (US):
Esquire Magazine
50 Songs Every Man Should Be Listening To
March 13, 2008

MARCH 3, 2009
Sun, 08 Mar 2009
It's Montreal versus Toronto at SXSW

Dave Jaffer

For years there's been a rivalry between Montreal and Toronto, and that rivalry has, at
times, grown into a full-on feud. (We're not taking sides, though we do believe it merits
mention that the Leafs haven't won a Stanley Cup since 1967 and the Habs have more
Stanley Cup championship banners than anyone else.)

ANYWAYS, at this year's SXSW in Austin, TX, the idea of that rivalry/feud/whatever has
spawned a super-cool idea: The M For Montreal vs. T for Toronto battle. Presented by, the daytime party/show/battle will take place on March 21 at 12:00 noon at
The Canada House at Austin's El Sol y La Luna, and will, essentially, showcase some
of the best musicial acts from both the 514 and the 416.

In the Montreal corner are trip-rockers Beast, who just scored a Juno nomination for
Best New Group of the Year, and Winter Gloves, whose tireless touring and energetic
live show is already turning heads all over Canada.

In the Toronto corner is Ohbijou, who are undertaking some furious touring of their own
this April/May, which will end with the release of their new album in June, and
Woodhands, perhaps Canada's most-loved live show ("Most Memorable Live Show of
2008," MuchMusic). Woodhands, whose cover of Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue" is
currently doing its thing on the interweb, will be touring the States in April and May as
well. Also, if sources are to believed, they're currently working on a second album of
sweaty, dance-y, synth-pop goodness.

There it is. Two versus two. Works, right? Wrong.

There's an x-factor. It's Thunderheist, which is half Toronto and half Montreal in
composition. Thunderheist's long-awaited full-length debut drops on March 31, and
shortly thereafter they'll be headlining Exclaim!'s 17th anniversary tour. Still doesn't
explain where their loyalties lie on the TO/MTL battle, but whatever...the people who
show up at The Canada House for the daytime party are the real winners.

For more information check out:

Source: Exclaim! Magazine, March 2009
The McGill Tribune (Montreal)

Winter Gloves frontman Charles F. sings songs About a Girl.

MUSIC: Music to keep you warm
Winter Gloves heats up Les Saints

By: Niki Hyde
Posted: 2/17/09

Winter Gloves front man Charles F. spent a summer abroad to find out what the music
scene was like outside of Canada. But the journey ultimately led him back to the allure of
the Montreal music scene.

Working at a pub in Brighton, England, Charles F. served beer to support his concert-
going habit. "I spent a lot of money going to see shows, working at the pub to go see
new indie acts," says Charles F. What he didn't expect to hear was that in the wake of
the early millennial burst of the indie scene-which crowned Arcade Fire as indie's second
coming-everyone was talking about Montreal.

"[I thought] what the fuck! I've gone so far away to look for new bands and stuff and
everyone's talking about home! So I decided to go to Montreal and see what everyone
was talking about," says Charles F.

Shortly thereafter he moved back to Montreal, bringing with him a glut of newly-
composed songs that would soon comprise Let Me Drive, Winter Gloves' first EP.
Surprisingly, although Charles F. and many of his bandmates are francophone, they
choose to sing in English. Charles F., however, balks at the suggestion that they made
this choice for commercial appeal when it was really more phonetic. "It's because of the
way you can sing in English. The language is more in the throat and you can do more
with rhythm; with French the language is more in the mouth and lips."

Though Winter Gloves in its current incarnation has only been around for a little over a
year, they have already played with established Canadian scenesters You Say Party!
We Say Die! and Beast. They've also appeared at many of the nation's major festivals,
including Canadian Music Week, Pop Montreal and North by Northeast. YSP!WSD! took
Winter Gloves on their first tour this past fall, stopping through Montreal during Pop
before heading out to the East Coast. "We fell in love with those guys," says Charles F.

YSP!WSD! contributed more to the band than just the occasional beer and shared hotel
room. Charles F. credits the band with influencing the sound of Winter Gloves.
"Musically, they're pretty punk live. Our music is poppier, but I think we brought [home
with us] a bit more of their energy after the tour."

Reminiscent of both Mates of State and a far more interesting Los Campesinos!, Winter
Gloves makes music for hot nights in this cold city. Charles F. explains his vision for the
band's debut album About a Girl on Paper Bag records. "It is about a girl, but it's about
being in a new city, about working a nine-to-five job that you don't like and you have to
ride there by bicycle and there are cars everywhere … It's about a guy from the suburbs
who's living in the city he loves and hates at the same time, for the first time. … It's really
about me living in Montreal and the city's seduction that we feel at night."

Winter Gloves put this seduction to the test in a show at Les Saints last Friday, their last
before heading off on a larger North American tour that will take them across Canada
with Thunderheist and then back down to the states for South by Southwest. They're
also working on a new album.

"Everything is happening at the same time," says Charles F. "We want to keep the
rhythm to work on the songs to make it happen faster." Judging by this month's leap
from Jupiter Room to Les Saints, these guys won't be slowing down anytime soon.
Metro Montreal

Winter Gloves@Saints
13 février 2009 05:01

      Winter Gloves@Saints
       vendredi 13 février

Enfin des p‘tits nouveaux dans le paysage musical montréalais! Winter Gloves fait pas
mal jaser depuis quelques semaines, voire mois. En peu de temps, ce nom s‘est
retrouvé dans plusieurs de mes conversations sans même que je sache de qui je
parlais. Je suis donc allé écouter, et c‘est vraiment intéressant. On ne se douterait pas
qu‘ils sont d‘ici. Ils me rappellent un mélange de plusieurs choses. À la fois planant et
rock-synthé, dans la veine des Cut Copy et nouveaux groupes du genre. À découvrir en
spectacle ce vendredi.

30, rue Sainte-Catherine

Sur le Vif - Hurley
Fanny Lefort s'est rendue au défilé de Hurley pour la collection automne 2009. La
formation Winter Gloves était également en prestation.

Date : 04/02/2009
Vues : 570

Thursday, February 5, 2009

CD Review: Winter Gloves "Let Me Drive EP"

Reversing the David Hasselhoff paradigm of last generation's rock stars, that of rapid
success in the states followed by equally rapid cooption in other countries like Germany
and Japan, Winter Gloves have quickly accumulated critical and popular support across
Canada's adjacent indie-rock scene before now turning to the lower half of North
America. After transitioning to Montreal from rural Quebec, founder Charles F. used
these travels as inspiration for an apartment project that has grown to include synths,
drums and glockenspiel. Like garage rock, but from the hip city that has also fostered
Arcade Fire and Silver Mt. Zion.

Named iTunes Canada's Best New Artist of 2008, such accolades precede the U.S.
releases for both their digital-only Let Me Drive EP and subsequent debut LP, about a
girl, due 2/10 and 3/24 respectively. "Let Me Drive" demonstrates the band's often gain-
heavy guitars, staccato percussion and some times chorused, some times filtered
vocals. The relatively minimal though plainly rhythmic song structures remain on the
broader side of The Strokes, and tracks occasionally succumb to "ooo ooo ooo" filler on
an already short offering, but it's all basically hum-able. The only thing left to see is how
many people haven't already heard of Winter Gloves by the end of March.

Winter Gloves: merci à MySpace et iTunes

Photo André Pichette, La Presse

         Émilie Côté
         La Presse

Grâce à un sérieux coup de pouce de iTunes, le groupe Winter Gloves sort de l'ombre,
quelques mois après la sortie de son premier album, About a Girl. Si vous aimez les
chansons vitaminées aux claviers, prêtez l'oreille au quatuor, qui se produira bientôt
pour une première fois en tête d'affiche à Montréal.

Deux musiciens de jazz de formation, et un batteur qui a poussé la note avec les
Breastfeeders et Young Galaxy. Ajoutez un guitariste découvert sur MySpace, et vous
avez Winter Gloves.

Le quatuor a le vent dans les voiles. Un contrat avec l'étiquette torontoise Paper Bag
Records. Un premier succès, Let me Drive, téléchargé plus de 17 000 fois sur iTunes
comme «extrait de la semaine». Une 14e position au palmarès 2008 des disques
anglophones de CISM. Mais le groupe a surtout été consacré Best New Artist 2008 par
iTunes Canada dans la catégorie alternative.

Mais reprenons la petite histoire du début, quand Charles F. est arrivé au point où, dit-il,
«j'avais donné assez dans le jazz, que j'avais soif d'indie». De retour d'Angleterre, il s'est
mis à bricoler des chansons avec son Wurlitzer, dans son petit appartement
Il en a résulté un EP de trois titres, puis l'arrivée de Vincent Chalifour qui est venu lui
prêter main-forte. «J'ai connu Vincent au cégep, à Québec. C'était le seul gars que je
connaissais qui faisait un bon mix», raconte Charles F.

C'était à l'automne 2007. Le tout a été mis sur MySpace. «On a laissé ça aller et on a eu
une bonne réponse.»

Mais deux claviéristes, ça ne fait pas un groupe rock...

Entre-temps, Charles F. rencontre le batteur Patrick Sayers aux studios Appolo, rue
Papineau. Sayers a joué avec les Breastfeeders et Young Galaxy. Charles F. lui fait une
proposition. «Ça me branchait beaucoup», raconte le batteur.

Sayers connaît des gens chez l'étiquette Paper Bag Records. Rapidement, le groupe
entre en studio pour enregistrer un premier album. Huit mois plus tard, le guitariste
Jean-Michel Pigeon se joint au groupe, recruté... sur MySpace! Puis l'automne dernier,
About a Girl atterrit dans les bacs.

About a Girl, c'est 10 chansons avec beaucoup de claviers, une voix haut perchée, des
rythmes rapides, de l'urgence dans les mélodies, et un soupçon de sonorités eighties.
«Avant, je faisais beaucoup de musique à la guitare. Je trouve que le clavier permet plus
d'éviter les clichés», signale Charles F.

Musique accessible

Winter Gloves est peut-être un groupe indie pour l'instant. Mais il reste que ses
chansons électro-pop-rock se laissent rapidement apprivoiser par nos oreilles. «Nous ne
sommes pas indie dans le son. Nous avons un son pop. C'est une musique super
accessible. Même ma mère aime ça», blague le chanteur et claviériste.

Winter Gloves suscite de l'attention du côté de la presse canadienne-anglaise. Est-ce un
poids ou un avantage d'être associé à LA scène de Montréal? «Je ne viens pas de
Montréal, répond Charles F. J'avais envie de baigner là-dedans, mais je ne m'associe
pas au son de Montréal. La scène pour moi, elle est large.»

L'automne dernier, le quatuor a eu la chance de partager la scène avec You Say Party!
We Say Die! et Tokyo Police Club. Il s'est également produit dans le cadre de M pour
Montréal. Mais voilà, le clip de Let me Drive sortira la semaine prochaine. Et le 13
février, Winter Gloves se produira aux Saints. «C'est le premier gros show à Montréal
comme headliner», souligne Charles F.

La tournée Exclaim et le festival South by Southwest sont également à leur agenda. En
attendant, visitez le

Winter Gloves, en spectacle le 13 février aux Saints.

[MP3] Winter Gloves: “Factories”
January 14th, 2009

I actually checked out Winter Gloves in 2008 when they covered LCD Soundsystem, but
didn‘t find myself enough in love to post on it. However, when I gave their album About a
Girl a spin, I dug this first track.

MP3: Winter Gloves - Factories
There‘s a kind of texture to the keys line in ―Factories‖ that sounds sort of hollow and
beautiful. It reminds me a bit of the tone Wolf Parade would occasionally get on their
pre-Sub Pop stuff. However, they turn away from that with the vocals and melody. It‘s
very quick and seems like it wants to be a dance-rock song, but can‘t give up some
Canadian spaz-rock leanings.

Winter Gloves Deliver Digital
News Briefs - Music
Written by Daniel Sargeant
Monday, 05 January 2009

Montreal's fertile music scene has given birth to a brand new gem in the form of Winter
Gloves, a band destined for success far beyond the native Canadian borders that first
embraced it. Named Best New Artist of 2008 by iTunes Canada, the foursome are ready
to descend upon the US with their keyboard-heavy, rhythmically-propulsive pop
compositions. The guys will first introduce themselves with the three-song, digital-only
Let Me Drive EP which features early versions of several tracks from their forthcoming
debut full-length, About a Girl.

The quartet, who endearingly dub themselves glock-rock for their use of the oft-ignored
glockenspiel, began as the solo project of Charles F. (lead singer/songwriter/wurlitzer).
Charles created the early Winter Gloves recordings that make up _Let Me Drive EP _in
his own home using a single microphone. The project soon evolved into a four-piece
ensemble that also includes Pat Sayers (drums), Vincent Chalifour (synth), and Jean-
Michel Pigeon (guitar/glockenspiel).

Let Me Drive EP explodes right out of the gates with the title track. The song doesn't
waste a second in getting bodies on the dancefloor with frenzied drums and infectious
keys. Soon, angular guitars stab and ominous synth lines hum while Charles wails with a
plea for control, singing, "I thought you were ultimately right / I know you're not / Come
on just let me drive."

On "I Can't Tell You", his voice alternates from carrying a touch of gritty seasoning to
shifting into elegant falsetto. Closing track "Piano 4 Hands" ends the EP with a warm,
inviting wurlitzer melody and Charles lets out ghostly coos in between his seductive
verses. This trio of songs serve as a mere appetizer for the forthcoming main course,
About a Girl, on which the band expands its scope and unleashes some of its best

Winter Gloves' Let Me Drive EP will be available online February 10th and the debut full-
length About a Girl (Paper Bag Records) will be in stores March 24th.

Thoughts on 2008: Exclaim! Contributor Jill Langlois
12/31/2008 By Jill Langlois

To tide us over while we indulge in the holiday spirit gorging on stuffing and egg nog, we
asked a bunch of our contributors to tell us their thoughts on 2008, as well as their
favorite records that helped make it a memorable year. Much to her surprise, Jill
Langlois realized how many records that she loved actually came out in 2008:

 Flipping through the records I accumulated this year — yes, I do indeed buy actual hard
copies of them — came as a bit of a surprise. Until being asked to be retrospective on
2008, I don't think I realized how many records I love were products of this past year. I'm
a big believer in listening to an album from beginning to end, and from one to ten, my
favorites were like musical utopias. So if you've been meaning to check any of these
ones out and haven't yet, make sure you do. They just might be music to your ears too.

1. Winter Gloves About a Girl (Paper Bag)

 It's rare that a record makes me think and makes me want to dance at the same time.
And without a doubt, About a Girl will make you do both too; it's synth pop rock at its
best. Newly signed to the Paper Bag family, Winter Gloves are an extremely cohesive
unit for a band that started out with just one guy playing in his room not so long ago. I
know this seems like a random pick to put at number one but trust me, they deserve it.
I'd put money on the fact that you'll hear more great things from them in years to come.
And I just put that in writing.

Top 8 Canadian Albums Of 2008
December 30th 2008

Winter Gloves - About A Girl

I was introduced to Winter Gloves in early 2008 after they tossed a free homemade EP
my way while I was busy jamming at a show. What followed was six months of
anticipation for the band's debut, which is a stunning collection of songs from a quartet of
super cute bilingual guys from Montreal/Quebec. From rocking the side stage at
Toronto's VFest to playing at public libraries & cramped bars, Winter Gloves are well
equipped to conquer any venue. Best: Invisible, Factories


Listen: Hot Montreal Band Covers LCD Soundsystem
Free Double Download: Get Winter Gloves' snappy version of "Someone Great" --
plus an original track from their debut album.
By Peter Gaston 12.23.08 2:09 PM

Winter Gloves

When a new band covers a better-known contemporary, it's usually either an attempt to
gain some quick recognition or a genuine act of homage. Montreal quartet Winter Gloves'
version of LCD Soundsystem's "Someone Great," off 2007's Sound of Silver, feels like
the latter case. After all, these Canadians unabashedly proclaim a reverence for an
instrument that figures prominently in LCD's original -- the glockenspiel -- and don't
hesitate to repurpose its cheeky twinkle on their concise version, which clocks in at two
minutes; the original runs six-plus.

Download the "Someone Great" cover below, along with "Let Me Drive," a track from
Winter Gloves' forthcoming EP of the same name (scheduled for a February release in
the U.S., with a full-length following in March). Its wistful keyboard kitsch should please
fans of Ra Ra Riot's tightly woven pop songs or Wolf Parade's more ambitious rambles.
Winter Gloves
Posted by D. Cole
December 30, 2008

Montreal‘s Winter Gloves (who iTunes Canada just named 2008 Best New Artist) have
announced that they will be releasing their debut album, ―about a girl‖ in the US on
March 24th. Their ―Let Me Drive EP‖ which will be out February 10th will precede the full

 Already available in the fair north ―about a girl―, released by super-indie-label Paper Bag
Records and produced by the popular Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, F*cked Up), has
already received major attention and quickly launched the four-piece to the status of one
of Montreal‘s ―favorite new bands.‖

 In prep for the stateside release, the title track as well as a cover of LCD Sound
system‘s ―Someone Great‖ is being given away for free by Spin Magazine to go along
with apiece they recently did up about the band.

The songs are fun, with the undeniable signature of the musical scene in which the
band was born, and give you a great glimpse into what Winter Gloves has to offer.

December 23rd 2008
Free Music
Winter Gloves - "Let Me Drive"

Montreal's Winter Gloves will first introduce themselves with the three-song, digital-only
Let Me Drive EP – which features early versions of several tracks from their forthcoming
debut full-length, about a girl.

 But don't wait for your chance to hear the quartet, who endearingly dubs themselves
"glock-rock" for their use of the oft-ignored glockenspiel, began as the solo project of
Charles F. (lead singer/songwriter/wurlitzer).

Download and listen to Winter Gloves' "Let Me In" now!

Winter Gloves: About A Girl
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2008

Montreal band Winter Gloves is into new wave 21st century style. With a strong focus on
the keyboards - including a vintage Wurlitzer - and glockenspiel (remember Tubular
Bells) their album About A Girl is the follow-up for their 3 track EP Let Me Drive (all of
which tracks are on the album).

 They go for the synth dance crowd. They are not as weird as Devo, but with a knack for
inventing likeable rhythms they can conjure up a virtual club show between the listeners
ears. They have a good taste for cover songs. Check out their version of LCD
Soundsystem's Someone Great.

Winter Gloves delivers digital punch w/ Let Me Drive EP; Available online February 10th

Posted On: December 18th 2008
Posted By: Bryan Kremkau
Debut Full-Length about a girl (Paper Bag Records) In Stores March 24th

 Montreal‘s fertile music scene has given birth to a brand new gem in the form of Winter
Gloves, a band destined for success far beyond the native Canadian borders that first
embraced it. Named ―Best New Artist of 2008‖ by iTunes Canada, the foursome are
ready to descend upon the US with their keyboard-heavy, rhythmically-propulsive pop
Compositions. The guys will first introduce themselves with the three-song, digital-only
Let Me Drive EP – which features early versions of several tracks from their forthcoming
debut full-length, about a girl.

 The quartet, who endearingly dubs themselves ―glock-rock‖ for their use of the oft-
ignored glockenspiel, began as the solo project of Charles F. (lead
singer/songwriter/wurlitzer). Charles created the early Winter Gloves recordings that
make up Let Me Drive EP in his own home using a single microphone. The project soon
evolved into a four-piece ensemble that also includes Pat Sayers (drums), Vincent
Chalifour (synth), and Jean-Michel Pigeon (guitar/glockenspiel).

 Let Me Drive EP explodes right out of the gates with the title track. The song doesn‘t
waste a second in getting bodies on the dance floor with frenzied drums and infectious
keys. Soon, angular guitars stab and ominous synth lines hum while Charles wails with a
plea for control, singing ―I thought you were ultimately right / I know you‘re not / Come on
just let me drive.‖ On ―I Can‘t Tell You,‖ his voice alternates from carrying a touch of
gritty seasoning to shifting into elegant falsetto. Closing track ―Piano 4 Hands‖ ends the
EP with a warm, inviting wurlitzer melody and Charles lets out ghostly coos in between
his seductive verses. This trio of songs serve as a mere appetizer for the forthcoming
main course, about a girl, on which the band expands its scope and unleashes some of
its best melodies.

Winter Gloves has also recorded a cover of LCD Sound system‘s ―Someone Great‖ –
boiling down the epic dance track into a compact two minutes that highlight the song‘s
most memorable bits.

Dec 18, 2008

MUSIC NEWS - From the fertile music scene in Montreal comes the Winter Gloves, a
band destined for success far beyond the native Canadian borders that first embraced
them. WG was named the ―Best New Artist of 2008‖ by iTunes Canada, and now, the
foursome are ready to descend upon the US with their keyboard-heavy, rhythmically-
propulsive pop compositions. The guys will first introduce themselves to the rest of the
globe on February 10, 2009 with a three-song, digital-only Let Me Drive EP, which
features early versions of several tracks from their forthcoming debut full-length, about a
girl (Paper Bag Records, March 24, 2009) . You can listen to two tracks here (see
below). The quartet, who dubs themselves ―glock-rock‖ due to their use of the oft-
ignored glockenspiel, began as the solo project of Charles F. (lead
singer/songwriter/wurlitzer). Charles created the early Winter Gloves recordings that
make up Let Me Drive EP in his own home using a single microphone. The project soon
evolved into a four-piece ensemble that also includes Pat Sayers (drums), Vincent
Chalifour (synth), and Jean-Michel Pigeon (guitar/glockenspiel).

Winter Gloves has also recorded a cover of LCD Sound system‘s ―Someone Great‖,
getting it down from an epic dance track into a compact two minutes that highlight the
song‘s most memorable bits. Get Someone Great here for free and the EP's title track,
Let Me Drive.


Winter Gloves - about a girl

Let me Drive EP is about seduction and urban lifestyle. It has been recorded with one
single microphone in Montreal between a rehearsal studio across the Molson factory and
a small apartment. Vincent Chalifour and Charles F mixed the EP letting ambient noises
tint each song in order to generate a pleasant dirty sound.

Paper Bag Records is behind the release of Winter Gloves' full length debut, about a girl,
which pick up where these song sketches left off. The album was recorded in Toronto
during the Winter of 2008 with Producer Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, F*cked Up).

Montreal‘s fertile music scene has given birth to a brand new gem in the form of Winter
Gloves, a band destined for success far beyond the native Canadian borders that first
embraced it. Named ―Best New Artist of 2008‖ by iTunes Canada, the foursome are
ready to descend upon the US with their keyboard-heavy, rhythmically-propulsive pop
compositions. The guys will first introduce themselves with the three-song, digital-only
Let Me Drive EP – which features early versions of several tracks from their forthcoming
debut full-length, about a girl.

The quartet, who endearingly dubs themselves ―glock-rock‖ for their use of the oft-
ignored glockenspiel, began as the solo project of Charles F. (lead
singer/songwriter/wurlitzer). Charles created the early Winter Gloves recordings that
make up Let Me Drive EP in his own home using a single microphone. The project soon
evolved into a four-piece ensemble that also includes Pat Sayers (drums), Vincent
Chalifour (synth), and Jean-Michel Pigeon (guitar/glockenspiel).

Let Me Drive EP explodes right out of the gates with the title track. The song doesn‘t
waste a second in getting bodies on the dance floor with frenzied drums and infectious
keys. Soon, angular guitars stab and ominous synth lines hum while Charles wails with a
plea for control, singing ―I thought you were ultimately right / I know you‘re not / Come on
just let me drive.‖ On ―I Can‘t Tell You,‖ his voice alternates from carrying a touch of
gritty seasoning to shifting into elegant falsetto. Closing track ―Piano 4 Hands‖ ends the
EP with a warm, inviting wurlitzer melody and Charles lets out ghostly coos in between
his seductive verses. This trio of songs serves as a mere appetizer for the forthcoming
main course, about a girl, on which the band expands its scope and unleashes some of
its best melodies.

Winter Gloves has also recorded a cover of LCD Sound system‘s ―Someone Great‖ –
boiling down the epic dance track into a compact two minutes that highlight the song‘s
most memorable bits.

Winter Gloves announce U.S. releases + LCD cover
December 18th 2008

Named ―Best New Artist of 2008‖ by iTunes Canada, the foursome are ready to descend
upon the US with their keyboard-heavy, rhythmically-propulsive pop compositions. The
guys will first introduce themselves with the three-song, digital-only Let Me Drive EP –
which features early versions of several tracks from their forthcoming debut full-length,
about a girl. Digital EP comes out 2.10 & full length comes out 3.24 via Paper Bag

December 18, 2008

Winter Gloves

Their sound was a mixture of pop, dance and punk; imagine a "poppier" version of Bloc
Party sans British accent. A fun, upbeat sound, matched with lead singer Charles F's
soft, melancholy vocals, did indeed get the crowd moving. When their set was almost
over, Charles looked to the audience and said, "We have some free CDs for you." He
and the band handed them out to the eager crowd who quickly pushed their way to the
front of the stagehands outstretched. Once back at their stations, Winter Gloves finished
their set.

Bill reports from M for Montreal, Night Two (Beast, Arkells, CLAASS, Misteur Valaire &
more) by Bill Pearis

The second night of M for Montreal was easily the best of the fest, with no bands I didn't
like and three or four who were pretty incredible. Like the previous night, we were
herded between the two performance rooms at Juste Pour Rire, which is normally a
comedy club, (Just for Laughs is the translation if you're French is like mine) but actually
had great sound and lighting.

Also on the bill: Chinatown, who were sort of a melding of The Strokes and traditional
French pop with very catchy songs (in French); The night featured two new signings to
Paper Bag Records (home of Tokyo Police Club and The Acorn), Winter Gloves and
Woodhands. Montreal's Winter Gloves play keyboard-oriented indie rock a la TPC or
Passion Pit and were definitely local favorites. Toronto keyboard-drums duo,
Woodhands, are the only band to feature a laser show and were there to make you
dance. You may have caught them when they played Studio B in Brooklyn with Crystal

Winter Gloves
Prise deux

ARTICLE - 27 novembre 2008
Antoine Léveillée

Autant dire que Winter Gloves est abonné à la ville de Québec. La formation
montréalaise ne se gêne pas pour nous rendre une autre visite après sa participation à
la dernière édition d'Antenne-A au mois d'octobre. Le groupe de Charles F. récidivera en
montant sur la scène du Cercle, en tête d'affiche cette fois-ci, le 29 novembre à 21h. Le
répertoire dansant de l'excellent album About a Girl, souligné par des mélodies et des
claviers contagieux, sera sans doute au coeur de son spectacle. En première partie, le
groupe de Québec Who Are You sera à découvrir. Formé par deux ex-membres
d'Uberko, le trio vient tout juste de sortir un premier EP qui pique la curiosité.

Bien peu de bands peuvent se vanter d‘un succès aussi immédiat que celui de Winter
Gloves. Malgré le fait que son premier album soit paru il y a à peine deux mois, la
formation montréalaise a déjà à son actif plusieurs spectacles aux côtés de bands aussi
prestigieux que You say party! We say die! ou encore Tokyo Police Club. Mais quel est
donc son secret?

Best Beat

Woodhands "Dancer"

Cadence Weapon "In Search Of The Youth Crew"

Hexes & Ohs "Looking To Fight"

Hilotrons "Emergency Street"

Winter Gloves "Factories"
Montreal Day Two: John Lennon VS The Beast
By Dan Martin Posted on 25/11/08

Minus 16 degree cold can‘t stop the rock at the M For Montreal festival.

Actually, it could if we had to walk anywhere, but clever festival organizers have put all
six acts on tonight‘s boutique line-up in two separate rooms the Just For Laughs club, so
there‘s no time to miss anything. It's a far superior line-up tonight, and we‘re noticing a
definite electro-punk string running through the Montreal scene that points to plenty of
potential successors to Crystal Castles...

Things really kick off with Winter Gloves, who harness what we‘ve been recognizing as a
„Montreal sound‘, low slung new wave propelled on by some filthy beats in fine style. But
they do it with more charisma and better songs than anyone else so far. Check their
track ‗Let Me Drive‘.

Winter Gloves To Play Free Shows in Toronto
11/11/2008 By Cam Lindsay

In these tough economic times, it appears Winter Gloves are out to ease some financial
pain by offering some live action free of charge. On November 18, the synth-equipped
Montreal rock act will play a free show at Toronto‘s Horseshoe Tavern, along with
another freebie in the Big Smoke this Saturday (November 15) for CBC Radio‘s Go!

Both shows will come in support of Winter Gloves‘ hot-off-the-press full-length About a
Girl, which hit a little while back via Paper Bag. They also have several live dates
warming up for fellow Canuck pop champs Tokyo Police Club.

To attend the performance for the Go! taping, you need to sign up here, but as far as we
know, for the other you just need to drag your body down to the venue.

As previously reported, along with the free shows, Winter Gloves are gearing up for the
M for Montreal showcase.

Here are the band‘s handful of upcoming dates:
11/15 Toronto, ON - Go! taping
11/18 Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe
11/21 Montreal, QC - Studio Just for Laughs (M for Montreal)
11/22 Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dekcuf
11/29 Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle

Album Reviews (Oct 23, 2008)

The Fulcrum -

Winter Gloves (B+)
About a Girl

PACKED WITH SWEET lyrics and backed up by a beautiful musical performance,
Montreal band Winter Gloves‘ debut album About a Girl is a 30-minute adrenaline rush.
The 8-bit Nintendo-style piano melodies are innocent and joyful, and blend perfectly with
dreamy guitars and the occasional drumming outbursts. The fuzzed-out tones on the
album, particularly on ―Hillside‖ and ―Invisible‖, separate Winter Gloves from other piano-
based bands. The album is loaded with soulful and unforgettable choruses, and singer
Charles F. has a superb, soaring voice that sends the listener into a euphoric state.
About a Girl should definitely be on your Christmas list.
—Rami Haidr

Quick & Dirty: Winter Gloves
By: Andrea Grassi

"My day is just getting started," answers Patrick Sayers – drummer for the buzzing and
newly Paper Bag Records-ed, Winter Gloves – to my question "what did you do today?"
Figures, as apart from a glass of orange juice and another interview, I was sorry to be
accompanying his sunrise.

A short three-way dial-up later, quiet frontman Charles F. – lead singer, guitarist and
songwriter – joins the conversation from his "vintage" rotary phone, the cause of his soft-
speak. Despite groggy eyes and foggy phone lines, the duo keep the chat friendly,
excited to talk about their latest endeavours, including playing Pop Montreal, touring
Canada, and drilling tunes from their debut LP, about a girl (none in any particular

Their tour is already underway, hitting en masse at Pop Montreal, and then going
intimate at Wrongbar in Toronto Oct. 19. Rounding up more and more willful ears from
every performance, the Gloves made Toronto stand at attention at V-Fest in September
– "the music dragged them in" as Sayers puts it. "We love playing to a huge crowd,"
says Charles F. "It really gives you a chance to hit a wider audience, too," adds Patrick.
The boys, originally from the outskirts, now down in Montreal, are still largely
"overwhelmed" by the attention they've been getting.

Pieced together a little over a year ago, and still "adjusting" to each other, the band –
also featuring Vincent Chalifour and Jean-Michel Pigeon – seems to be settling in nicely
as players and as partners with their new label. "[Paper Bag] have been like big brothers
to us," says Sayers, impressed with the imprint's nurturing approach to working with their
artists. "They are giving us a lot of direction and do something that a lot of label today
don't . . . [they] invest in the band."
The Gloves send us a brand of pop-rock that's still fizzy, fresh, and out there without
being overdone. Self-proclaimed "glock-rockers," the four-piece combines meaty
drumbeats with wistful guitar and opt out of bass guitar in favour of the chiming
glockenspiel and keyboard. The sound is the result of the work Charles F. has been
chipping away at since, he tells me, the age of seven.

Fast-forward a few years and you'd have found him at his Wurlitzer using a single
microphone as he pounded out the EP Let Me Drive. The record previewed some of the
songs that would later appear on the more polished about a girl (which is really about a
girl from the suburbs. Cringe. I know, I actually asked the question).

"On the EP, the sounds were really natural. I was going for that effect," explains Charles
F. Obviously, recording in a studio proper would account for their snap, but F. explains
that a lot of their inspiration came from what they were listening to at the time. Does that
inspiration also account for why the Gloves, despite the fact they're Francophone, chose
to sing in English?

"For us [singing in English] was never a question; it came natural," he explains. "Growing
up, I listened to a lot of English music like Michael Jackson, Nirvana, and the New Kids."
I admittedly laugh at the latter inspiration, but follow up with an important New Kids
question: "Which one was your favorite?" Sayers is forced to yell, "speak up Charles!"
(damn vintage phones) before – you may be surprised to know – Joey Macintyre is
announced as his pick.

Sayers agrees that singing in English is something that comes organically. "You can ask
bands that only sing in French and they'll say the same thing, it just feels right." The right
feeling is how the band got their simultaneously intriguing and banal name. "I was
working in a ski and sports store in the glove department," explains Charles F. "I was
facing all these gloves while I was looking for a band name . . . I thought of winter
mittens, but decided on gloves." The planets aligned and the Gloves were off.

Seemingly, listening to their gut is meditation that leads to their success. Not only is their
style pure and without precedent, you can really hear the songs just being themselves,
just joyfully hanging out so we can see them. That kind of honesty isn't found much in
pop music today. However, with all the positivism surrounding them, I can't help but
wonder if other forces are at work.

With the keyboard making up their through-line, I ask if bass guitar is in their future. "It's
funny because the bass guitar is one of my favorite instruments," laughs Charles F. "The
next album will be the same, with the keyboard, but ask me three months later, and I
might be considering it." With a few songs "taking fruition" for the next record, Sayers
once again leaves it up to fate: "We'll just see if the universe tells us."

So we'll just have to wait and see.

MTV Live, October 20, 2008

Recorded 20-Oct
Winter Gloves - About A Girl
Vol. 22 No. 45 • October 16 - 22, 2008


The name Winter Gloves seems a bit too cold and harsh to me considering how catchy
and cozy this Montreal band‘s music is; I‘d say winter mittens or scarves would be more
fitting. With loads of synth and keyboard layers, vocals that go from whispery and
delicate to nearly anthemic, and drums not lacking in some noisy cymbal use, About A
Girl gets your attention from the very first ―Ah Ohh‖ uttered over a programmed drum
beat. By the third track I felt I‘d come across a new favorite to sit nicely alongside Arcade
Fire, Wolf Parade, or any other in the slew of good Montreal–based indie bands. I still
find it strange that the album is titled after one of the most known songs in Nirvana‘s
catalogue but with the title track being so bloody good I think I can let it slide (if they title
their sophomore effort ―Smells Like Teens Spirit‖ though I might be a little upset). My
only complaint at first was that the album didn‘t have enough variation to hold my
attention through the last couple tracks but with repeated listens the variations in tempo
are more noticeable. The closing track ―Piano 4 Hands‖ is a nice soft way to end a
strong debut. (Paper Bag)

Winter Gloves fuse jazz, Britpop and garage rock
October 17, 2008 12:55

Charles F‘s brainchild has come a long way in a short time, and it doesn‘t worry him one bit.

His newest incarnation, Winter Gloves, has taken Montreal‘s flourishing music circuit by storm
with its September release About A Girl, a raw, synth-heavy fusion of jazz, Britpop and garage
rock. Indie hype surrounded the band‘s first full-length album, after online listeners downloaded
Let Me Drive off of Charles F‘s self-produced EP of the same name more than 17,000 times,
earning them an iTunes single of the week mention.

Onstage, the band has entranced critics and fans alike during the Virgin Festival, Canadian Music
Week and NXNE. Currently, the four-piece is touring across the country with You Say Party! We
Say Die! and Beast.

Noteworthy progress considering not more than a year and a half ago the project consisted of
Charles F himself, his microphone and a few tunes uploaded onto his MySpace page.

―It‘s gone superfast, but I‘m not afraid of that,‖ says the native of Quebec City. ―Everyone in the
band comes from different music styles, but we made progress very quickly, so I think it‘s only
natural that things would go so fast.‖

After receiving positive feedback, the Wurlitzer player enlisted the help of friends Louis
Fernandez, Vincent Chalifour and Pat Sayers (formerly of Young Galaxy) to play live and record
the full-length effort.

Though some music literati suspect Winter Gloves‘ label, Paper Bag Records, was searching for
a new set of wunderkinds following the departure of Tokyo Police Club and are now pushing them
in earnest. Charles F says the label‘s eagerness to add Winter Gloves to its roster quickly raised
his proboscis, but after cautious contemplation, the band signed on.

―We had a lot of questions going in,‖ he said. ―We told them, ‗We‘re not ready to sign. Let‘s take it
slowly, then we‘ll see.‘ It‘s easy to get lost in a company, to get caught up in what they.‖

Charles F plans to record Winter Gloves‘ second album shortly after the tour wraps later this
month, and newly-minted fans can expect more of the same; energetic hybrids and hooks
influenced in part from his European travels. It‘s a sound that belies his rural Québécois
background, and while the reason he must is a mystery to him, he must often defend his
songwriting decisions.
―It‘s weird. Everybody asks us, ‗Why don‘t you write songs in French?‘ I‘ve been listening to
English-language music since I was 6 years old. It‘s all very natural to me,‖ he said. ―It‘s just a
small part of who we are.‖

October 14 2008

I do hope to travel across a wide variety of locations one day, but as a middle-class
college student I understand that my resources are somewhat limited. That being said, it
is a common process for me to singularly identify certain cities based on the musicians
who originate from there. You can call it the result of ignorance from a young
inexperienced traveler or simply the product of someone who loves music to death, but I
have to say that the result is almost always complementary. After all, how else would
those not too keen on geography or history identify some of the worlds more bustling
and artistically productive areas? Montreal is by no means an unidentifiable city as the
second-largest city in Canada, but the prosperous amount of musical activity has
certainly brought more attention to the area as a ceaseless hotspot for artists who defy
all stylistic and cultural boundaries. From commonly identifiable contemporary acts like
Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade to legendary artists like Leonard Cohen who your parents
(and hopefully you as well) can identify with, the city has been producing worthwhile
artists for decades. That being said, there is little to question in whether or not one of the
latest Montreal-based groups, Winter Gloves, have enough of an audience to gain
exposure, as they have captured the attention of a city who is used to nothing but the
utmost quality in independent music.

Capitalizing on a commonly receptive form of integrated indie-rock and synth-pop that
has seen local contemporaries like Stars and Chromeo, go on to national success,
Winter Gloves refine their approach by being neither intimidating nor overly aggressive.
With ambitiously modernistic minds like Spencer Krug also hailing from the same city,
their songs are not even remotely the most complex or intricate pieces to hail from
Montreal, but the four-piece are able to emit a form of convincing infectiousness that
makes their success appear nearly imminent. In support of their recently released debut
album, About a Girl, they are currently wrapping up a Canadian tour that has earned
them both hot press and a budding fan base. Prior to this release, however, they put out
an EP, Let Me Drive that primarily consisted of front man Charles F.‘s solo musings.
Winter Gloves itself was originally intended to be a solo side project for Charles, but he
found the life of a solo musician to be too restrictive for his taste. ―When you record
everything yourself and then you listen back to the CD, everything is a bit boring,‖ he
said in an interview. ―It‘s like a talent show for you.‖ Seeking both an outlet for
constructive criticism and stylistic expansion, the search for the proper musicians proved
easy for the native of Quebec City when he returned to his native roots.

After he had spent one year overseas in Britain and had gotten a bit bored of the
straightforward art-rock infesting the likes of NME, Charles F. relocated back to Montreal
in hopes of gathering some like-minded musicians to complete the process of finalizing
Winter Groves. First, he looked toward Vincent Chalifour, a friend who had helped him
mix the debut EP. After Chalifour‘s quick agreement, the two then connected with
collaborators Patrick Sayers and Jean-Michel Pigeon, completing the four-piece. First,
he looked toward Vincent Chalifour, a friend who had helped him mix the debut EP. Off
the heat of the EP alone, the group began touring with the likes of Tokyo Police Club
and Jealous Girlfriends despite not being signed to a label at the time. The critical
acclaim for both their EP and live shows sent labels a knocking though, and the Toronto-
based Paper Bag Records swooped Winter Gloves in anticipation for the release of
About a Girl. Now on the same label with the likes of The Acorn, Tokyo Police Club,
Sally Shapiro, and Stars, they look to fit well among a group of excellent songwriters and
performers that capitalize in a variety of original hooks and multifarious stylistic

Although the longest track on About a Girl is no longer than four minutes, this works to
the group‘s advantage in regard to their stylistic preference. For most of the tracks, if
they were any longer then they would overstay their welcome, mainly due to an
instrumental focus on keyboards and synths that remains consistently accessible. ―I
Can‘t Tell You‖ is a fine example of their key-driven sound, often backed by a revolving
array of warbling synths and a very brisk rhythm section that can be surprisingly and
efficiently complex in specified areas. This is found accordingly in the chorus of ―I Can‘t
Tell You‖, where a series of twinkling synths further supplement a repeated key
progression as Charles‘ vocals change pitch from a series of half-spoken verses to a
falsetto-aided bridge. His dynamic range allows the arrangements to flourish abundantly,
perhaps overshadowing any simplistic melodic aspects that may turn off some listeners.
The opener, ―Factories‖, is more demonstrative of their enthusiastic nature. In contrast to
―I Can‘t Tell You‖, the track is a constant whirlwind of energy that sees a guitar arpeggio
complement an already engaged series of synth lines. The lyrics are generally
nonexistent during this section, as Charles opts for a melodic croon that sees his vocals
substitute for any extraneous instrumental accompaniments.

I suppose you could make comparisons to a handful of Wolf Parade‘s more accessible
tracks – ―Fancy Claps‖ or ―Modern World‖ - on a track like ―Let Me Drive‖, though the
structure without being all too predictable. The implementation of handclaps over the
building bass line adds to the songs immensely, adding a sense of anticipation that
should find the listener in a state of appeasement when the track reaches its conclusion.
Overall, About a Girl is not the most intricately resounding thing to come out of Montreal,
but it is certainly some of the catchiest material from the city I have heard so far this

October 09 2008


Montreal's Winter Gloves play slick, melodramatic indie rock heavy on keyboards and
falsetto-based choruses. What sets them apart from other such bands is their emphasis
on melody; About a Girl is a memorable, engrossing album that is easy to get attached
to. Opener "Factories" is probably the album's most ready-for-the-masses single - it
boasts a speedy rhythm and a professional city-at-night vibe that would fit well on a bill
with fellow Montrealers The Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade. Also stupendous is pretty yet
urgent "Hillside" with its vaguely Pinback-esque melody, while jovially momentous "Party
People" and glistening slower number "Glass Paperweight" round out the album's
highlights. Of course, About a Girl also suffers from its share of filler. What the title-track
has in intensity, it lacks in hooks; meanwhile, "I Can't Tell You" attempts triumphant but
winds up flat. Clearly, though, these are acceptable missteps for such a young and
promising band. It will be interesting to see what lies ahead for Winter Gloves. Will they
be another local one-shot or is there a future in store? As it stands, About a Girl is a
melodic and welcoming album that's easy to digest and a joy to savor. Check these folks
out live, and pick up a record while you're there.


You better sport your Winter Gloves

Winter Gloves began with a single microphone in Charles F‘s downtown Montreal
apartment as he tried to piece together the distance he‘d covered since growing up in
the countryside of a very rural Quebec. The jarring shift of such a transition seemed to
peek through every chance it could, a constant inspiration as much as frustration that
was drafted in the band‘s self-released Let Me Ride EP of mainly demo tracks.

With only a handful of live shows behind them at the beginning of the year, Winter
Gloves was already receiving invitations to join dates with bands the likes The
D‘Urbervilles, Jealous Girlfriends and Tokyo Police Club on a series of sold-out tour
dates (Montreal, Ottawa, two Toronto shows).

If you attended any of these earlier shows, you may have caught (literally) a copy of the
Winter Gloves‘ EP as dozens were thrown offstage during their set.

Paper Bag Records is behind the release of Winter Gloves‘ full-length debut, About A
Girl. The album was recorded in Toronto during the winter of 2008 with Producer Jon
Drew (Tokyo Police Club, F*cked Up) and it is available for Canadians only... hopefully
worldwide soon, US maybe please?

Winter Gloves
About A Girl
By Jill Langlois
October 2008

Charles F. might have started his new outfit, Winter Gloves, on a whim but the Montreal quartet‘s
first full-length is far from the afterthought the band initially were. About A Girl takes a handful of
songs from the Let Me Drive EP, polishes them to perfection, then hits you with another dose of
what synth pop rock is all about. While most of the songs are exactly what your next indie dance
party needs, Winter Gloves still manage to interject some songs that slow things down but without
making it seem like they‘ve put the breaks on the pace just because they had to. With Charles‘s
falsetto chorus taking over as the standout feature, ―Glass Paperweight‖ is by far the most
memorable track on the record. Contrary to what its title says, this one doesn‘t hold anything
back. In fact, it pushes Winter Gloves far beyond their proverbial hand‘s reach. ―Let Me Drive‖ is
another must-listen but it falls on the complete opposite end of this album‘s musical spectrum. In
fact, its frenetic pace perfectly represents the themes of seduction and urban lifestyle that this
record is all about. Winter Gloves will, without a doubt, grab hold of anyone who listens and never
let go.

Last time I talked to you, you‘d just finished recording. What do you think of the final product?
Charles: We‘re pretty happy about it. After we recorded it, we were in this kind of bubble where
everything seems perfect. Then you have these two or three weeks afterward where you‘re just
panicking about everything and you‘re thinking, ―Oh, I should have done this or that.‖ And then
after the second week you kind of go back to normal and just hope that you did something

How was working together on the creative process for the first time?
Patrick Sayers: When I came to the band, Charles already had the drum parts figured out for a lot
of the songs, and I didn‘t want to totally change them, so I just kind of added my own personality.
But ―Hillside‖ was a bit tricky. I just totally changed the feel. I really changed it and Charles was
kind of taken aback and was like, ―Oh, wow, this song is better now.‖ And I think that‘s the nature
of collaborating: you can grow instead of being stuck with just one person‘s ideas. (Paper Bag)

Winter Gloves
Plein régime

ARTICLE - 2 octobre 2008
Antoine Léveillée

   Charles F.: "C'est stressant quand tu sors ton premier disque, surtout lorsque tu viens
   de Montréal. C'est presque un handicap. Tu as l'impression que tout le monde veut te
               taper dessus parce qu'ils ont peur que tu sois la nouvelle saveur du mois."

Winter Gloves sillonne le pays pour livrer sa pop contagieuse, et rien ne semble pouvoir

Charles F. de Winter Gloves est sur la route, quelque part sur la côte ouest
canadienne; la bande roule sans arrêt depuis deux jours afin de combler un retard. C'est
que le groupe et sa "Grosse Bertha" ont connu quelques problèmes pendant la tournée.
"C'était pas si pire au début, c'était seulement l'alternateur, expose-t-il en riant. C'est par
la suite que c'est devenu plus sérieux. Ça bougeait de gauche à droite sans raison. Avec
tout le stock qu'on traîne avec nous, c'était plutôt stressant. La dernière fois que c'est
arrivé, c'était vraiment dramatique. On a tout arrêté pour se faire remorquer. C'est là
qu'on nous a dit que les roues n'était pas fixées correctement parce qu'elles étaient trop
grosses pour la van, et qu'il y en avait une qui ne tenait même pas sur l'essieu... Elle
risquait de se décrocher à tout moment."
Une péripétie qui s'ajoute au carnet de route des musiciens, qui s'amusent à publier sur
YouTube une série de capsules filmées par leur comparse Pat Sayers (batterie) faisant
état de cette première tournée. C'est que depuis la sortie d'About a Girl l'automne
dernier, les choses roulent bon train pour la formation montréalaise, soulagée par la
réception positive que connaît son album. "C'est stressant quand tu sors ton premier
disque, surtout lorsque tu viens de Montréal. C'est presque un handicap. Tu as
l'impression que tout le monde veut te taper dessus parce qu'ils ont peur que tu sois la
nouvelle saveur du mois. Tout le monde en parle maintenant à cause des Wolf Parade
et Arcade Fire. Il y a plein de bons groupes à Montréal et les comparaisons sont
difficiles. C'était important pour nous d'établir notre son et de montrer qui on est."

Ayant enregistré leur disque sans interruption, le claviériste et ses acolytes ne se sont
donné aucun répit pour parvenir à leurs fins. Associé avec Paper Bag Records, le
groupe était à peine formé que déjà il se retrouvait à huis clos pour graver sa pop
frénétique et mélodique. "Le plus gros défi en studio, c'était d'apprendre à se connaître
comme groupe, souligne Charles F. Tout est allé très vite. Imagine-toi, on est un
nouveau band qui commence, quatre gars qui n'ont pas beaucoup joué ensemble, les
chansons sont composées, et on arrive en studio avec un producteur pour une
semaine... Il fallait que ça roule et qu'on trouve le son de chacun sans faire trop de

Et les compromis ont été matière à quelques débats. Ayant coproduit l'album avec Jon
Drew, qui a collaboré avec Tokyo Police Club, le groupe a su tirer le meilleur de cette
collaboration tout en restant strict sur sa vision d'ensemble. "Jon a une culture très rock.
Il voyait ça super compressé pour le son. Pour nous, c'était trop. Ça flashe quand ça
sonne fort, le gros drum et tout, mais tu t'écoeures vite en écoutant ce genre de disque.
J'ai l'impression que ça manque de nuances et que tous les détails sont effacés. C'est
pour ça que nous avons récupéré la production pour faire le mixage."

Mais pour l'instant, pas question de perdre son temps. "En ce moment, je te dirais qu'on
se passe le volant à tour de rôle sans même s'arrêter."

À écouter si vous aimez /
The Faint, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture

GATEWAY ONLINE (University of Alberta)

Album Review: Winter Gloves — About a Girl
Sarah Stead, Arts & Entertainment Staff

Winter Gloves are so new on the Canadian music scene that these Quebecers don‘t
even have a Wikipedia entry yet (the gold standard these days of determining a band‘s
freshness). The group originally began as leader Charles F‘s solo project but was soon
fleshed out with three additional members (Vincent Chalifour, Pat Sayers, and Louis
Fernandez) to form a quartet.

Recorded with a single microphone and tinged with ambient noise, their synth-laden
debut About a Girl features hand claps, a strong focus on melody, and a Wurlitzer that
Charles F certainly charms some pretty sounds out of.

A glockenspiel tings sweetly in the background of ―Party People,‖ ―I Can‘t Tell You,‖ and
―The Way to Celebrate‖ to name a few, leading the band to jokingly refer to themselves
as ―glock-rock.‖ Undulating waves of synth and an electronic horn section blare in
―Factories,‖ one of the album‘s more danceable tracks, while ―Glass Paperweight‖ is a
more stripped down, more guitar driven tune. They save the best for last with ―Piano 4
Hands,‖ which has a sweet, hummable, and most importantly, memorable melody.

Winter Gloves‘ lyrics are steeped in urbanity; these suburb kids are open about their love
of the city. Charles‘ vocals are not unlike sushi in that they‘re a bit of an acquired taste,
but that statement could really be made about the band‘s eclectic sound in general. That
being said, even though Winter Gloves are fresh faces on the scene, there‘s always a
first time for sushi.


A Look at Winter Gloves

If anybody needs some warming up this fall just put on some Winter Gloves and I don‘t
mean the ones that go on your hands. They are a Montreal-based band that has been
together for less then a year and have already been satisfying the ears of many.

This four-piece consists of talented musicians, Charles F., Vincent Chalifour, Patrick
Sayers, and Jean-Michel Pigeon. When it comes to the name of the band, Charles
wanted something that had to do with winter in the name. Being from North America he
thought it would be appropriate. One day while he was working at a mountain gear
equipment store, he was facing gloves on the shelf, trying to think of a band name, and
listening to the radio. All he had faced for hours were these winter gloves and bingo! A
band name was born.

They have described their genre as the ever so catchy term, ‗glock-rock,‘ because of
their heavy synth, glockenspiel, and indie rock and roll vibe. Before Winter Gloves,
Charles was in a band called Lady Grey, which didn‘t end up working out.

―We were trying to be Radiohead,‖ he stated. ―Winter Gloves was just so natural.‖

It was the first time he had been on the keyboard for a year and a half and it felt 100%
natural to him to be back playing it. Charles wrote and recorded the first (three song) EP,
titled Let Me Drive, by himself. It included the three tracks, Let Me Drive, I Can‘t Tell
You, and Piano 4 Hands. Charles knew he needed a band so he went out and got one.
The band later recorded the full-length album, titled About A Girl. He found, after
recording and listening back to it, that the album had to be re-remixed to bring it down to
a friendlier, less powerful level and is really glad to hear the fans are enjoying it.

Winter Gloves aren‘t just all about the style or the sound. They are also deeply about
the lyrics. What is most important to them is their songwriting and that it is recognized
and appreciated. About A Girl focuses on the experiences that come with moving from
the country to the city and the seduction of the urban lifestyle. These guys also love
playing Toronto. When they played Canadian Music Week Charles said ―it was
awesome…It felt like it was Los Angeles.‖ To them though NXNE was more interesting
because there were not as many cameras pointing and shooting at them constantly and
instead, more people dancing and having a good time to their music.

-Danielle Cowie

Quick Hitters:: Winter Gloves About a Girl
Thursday, September 18, 2008

Seems like it‘s a Paperbag Records week here on the hill. Forever ago it seems – all the
way back in April I talked about Montreal‘s Winter Gloves. At the time, they were using
some warmer electro currents and indie rock hooks to create some pretty interesting

Flash forward to now, the release of their first record – About a Girl – and the equation
still holds true. Well sort of. The Wurlitzer still thickens up the bottom end and the jams
are still catchy as hell, but even the songs I‘ve heard before like Let Me Drive, I Can't
Tell You, Piano 4 Hands seems fuller and more complete. It's obvious that the extra time
working out the details served them well.

The sexy intro to Factories jumpstarts the LP and the track will become a dance floor
anthem, but they add lots of wrinkles and nuances along the way. The thing that grabs
me is how at times I‘m left wondering who they sound like, only to come up blank. That
familiarity they bring to something that is essentially new is probably why this band has
been on the fast track lately – although headphone symphonies like Piano 4 Hands don‘t
hurt there cause either (especially when the Beach Boys-esque oohs come in).

So, there you go. Another fine release from the good people at Paperbag AND for you
youngsters who are back at school and looking to shake your money maker, look no
farther than the Paperbag Records evening slated here in Halifax on Oct 11th @ the
Marquee. Local act Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees will get the party started, and
Winter Gloves and You Say Party! We Say Die! Will make sure you leave covered in

Winter Gloves' Seduction Plans
09/16/08 4:21pm
By Brian Pascual (CHARTattack)

Montreal's Winter Gloves want to get to know you better — so much so that they're
trying to play smaller, non-conventional venues that will enable them to be closer to their

"We wanted to do something a bit different," says Charles F, the band's lead singer and
main songwriter. "We didn't want to go across Canada just playing gigs.

"We're brainstorming right now, but we want to meet people and maybe play more in-
stores to help people feel the band closer and to give them a closer look at who we are."

Right now, it looks like the only date on the current Winter Gloves tour that will allow
them to accomplish this goal is a November show at a public library in Toronto. That
said, they're excited to get out and meet the rest of Canada, as three-quarters of Winter
Gloves have never even been on a proper tour.

"I think the fact that there are so many bands out there, it's really important for a band —
especially a young one — to try and stick out from the mold," says drummer Patrick
Sayers. "We all believe the most important thing is interaction with fans and being as
close and up-front as possible.

"And I think you can achieve that. A lot of bands — and I don't know if it's intentional —
but there's this kind of pretension or distance that's created. But we're all nice, loving
guys, and we really appreciate the kind of response we've been getting from our fans
and we just want to keep that up and keep it strong."

A tour diary is part of the plan, as Winter Gloves want fans to experience this first tour
with them. The reaction they've received so far is also part of the reason why the quartet
— who also include synthesizer player Vincent Chalifour and Jean-Michel Pigeon —
feels a need for an intimate connection with people. The overwhelming responses to the
band‘s warm, keyboard-driven indie pop and personal lyrics haven‘t been lost on them.

"People are really excited over the music," says Sayers. "We're totally brand new, but
people kind of have this infatuation, this immediate love with the band.

"And I think it's the songs — obviously it's the songs — and people just really like them.
We've been seeing a lot of girls at the shows, which is also really, really encouraging."

The majority of Winter Gloves gigs thus far have been around Montreal, and the city's
music scene and savvy fans have definitely been beneficial to this young band.

"Most of those small venues in Montreal already have their regulars and built-in fans, so
you don't have to call half your friends to come to your show," says F. "Even if you're in a
new band, you can play in some places where you know there will be people there and
will be fans of that kind of music."
"In Montreal, we played the Cabaret [Du Musee Juste Pour Rire] when we opened for
Tokyo Police Club and the reaction was mind-blowing," recalls Sayers. "There was even
a journalist who wrote that we had all our friends there that night, which wasn't the case.

"It was all Tokyo Police Club fans, and they just really got off on our set. That was super-
encouraging. And the four shows we did with those guys, we got more feedback from
those than any shows we've played. It was definitely a good kick-start."

The ironic thing is that when the first Winter Gloves songs were written, there was never
really a plan to release them, let alone form a band and start playing them. F's original
plan was to simply write new songs that went against what he had been doing at the

"Over a year-and-a-half ago, I needed a break from all the alternative music and guitar
music I'd been doing for years, and so I wanted something fresh. I really did it for myself
at first. It's kind of cliche, but it's true. And I just felt that it was the kind of music I wanted
to share with people. So I posted some of these songs on MySpace and quickly I
received some good comments about the music."

Somehow finding a place where Death Cab For Cutie's introspective indie light and the
dance ability of Franz Ferdinand meet, Winter Gloves' About A Girl debut album is
instantly likeable. Whether it's on irresistible, synth-powered dance numbers like "Let Me
Drive" or the Postal Service-like "Piano 4 Hands," F's angelic vocals are always at the
forefront to engage and draw you in.

"The basic idea of Winter Gloves is girls and seduction," F admits. "I'm excited because
now it's not just me and a microphone, it's the whole band in a studio or on stage, and
everyone brings their ideas.

"It's more organic, and that's what I wanted for the record. It's a band, not just some
writer with ideas."

Song #48: Winter Gloves - Factories
September 16th, 2008

Winter Gloves - About a Girl

Hot off About a Girl, the brand new debut full-length from Montreal‘s Winter Gloves, this
song is a relentless dose of spastic energy. It knocks politely on your door for the first 5
seconds before the main riff burst through and subdues any mental resistance.

Let your mind dance—if not your whole body.

Winter Gloves
"About a Girl" (CD)

Released in 2008
Label: Paper Bag
Review written on 2008/10/16
By Kyle Undem

"Let Me Drive" by Winter Gloves

Winter Gloves' debut, About a Girl, finishes up in a cool half-hour. It gets in, does its job,
and gets out. There is no messing around with unnecessary preludes, extended
interludes or the ever-dreaded postlude. And it's catchy for the most part -- a kind of
quirky catchy, like Wolf Parade or a completely toned down Frog Eyes (only Canadian
bands will be referenced in this review as we are currently mandated).

You've got ten songs to work with here; ten songs of keyboard-driven pop, challenged
with electronics, guitars, and soft vocals. It all accounts for a sound that is nothing new,
but one that is not old or dreary, flowing through a conjunction of oddball
verse/chorus/verse patterns. The opener, "Factories," encompasses everything Winter
Gloves stand for: frantic, disoriented, confusingly uncomplicated songs. But...somehow
they mask the technicalities of their music and spin it off into highly listenable pop songs.


Winter Gloves
By Adam Grant

A successful cross–Canada tour can mean the world to an upstart band. They can
create or expand a fan base, network with fellow artists, and if they play their cards right,
they can get laid by a different person in each city they pass on through. It can also
simply be the first time all of Canada can be seen by the players; this is what Winter
Gloves are experiencing on their current northern jaunt.

With most of the band relatively new to the touring circuit, just seeing the sites that their
home and native land has to offer is a thrill in itself – that and they get to share the stage
nightly with the very cool You Say Party! We Say Die!. What WG have also experienced
though is van troubles, something they should be thankful to experience before the snow
hits. This whole time is especially exciting for band founder Charles F. For years, the
aspiring musician had been dabbling around in the Quebec arts community, but was
beginning to lose his inspiration as time went on. He soon decided to break away
from the life he was living in hopes of finding something a little more enthralling. What he
found was a new band, and the conceptual idea for the first album.

―I come from the countryside and the suburbs – a small city near Quebec City. I‘d been
playing jazz music in the small city and I just wasn‘t happy with it,‖ explains Charles F.
―Jazz music is interesting because it‘s a great kind of music, but at the same time you
play for different older people, and I didn‘t have a blast – I needed something stronger. I
moved to Brighton, England [because] I wanted to see bands and what was happening
in the indie scene. I fell in love with bands over there, and I thought, ‗I‘m going to write
songs my way.‘ That was my first experience with the big city.

―There are so many beautiful women here in Montreal – there‘s a little seduction, there‘s
nightlife,‖ he continues when describing life back in Canada. ―I used to be that guy who
worked 9 to 5 really straight and the city changed me a lot. Just playing every night
changes many things, and that change inspired the lyrics and the kind of vibe I wanted
to put into About a Girl. Yes, [the album] is in fact about a girl, but it‘s more about a city. I
didn‘t want to call it About a City, because I think that sounds bad.‖

Prior to the September 2008 release of About a Girl, Winter Gloves put out the debut
EP, Let Me Drive. The EP showcased Charles F. on his own with only drums, a
synthesizer, and a microphone by his side. Soon enough he‘d employ a band that
consisted of Vincent Chalfour, Patrick Sayers and Jean–Michael Pigeon, and eventually
get signed to the cool Canadian indie label Paper Bag Records.

So far, audiences have been eating up what Winter Gloves is serving. They‘ve already
had iTunes single of the week with the track ―Let Me Drive‖ (downloaded 17,000 times),
press praise galore noted on their page, and most importantly, have
people in the clubs singing along to the tracks already. Charles F. couldn‘t be any
happier about this, considering the speed and nerves this project was conceived upon.
―Everything happened super fast. Right after it was done, everybody was super happy
with it and everybody thought it was amazing,‖ notes Charles F. ―After two weeks, we
didn‘t like the sound of it. We had a hard time deciding if we wanted a super
rock, powerful drum sound in the songs, or a record that you wanted to listen to over and
over again. Vince and I decided to mix it again and to make it more friendly – like make it
a record that you can listen to at any time, be it at a party, or by yourself or on your iPod.
After that, we realized, ‗oh my God, we did it!‘

We were super happy about the work, but after the release we were stressed out.
―You get freaked out because it‘s your first album and you want to give the right
impression – it‘s not just writing songs,‖ he continues. ―People are listening to the songs,
but they‘re also listening to the influences, to the sounds and they compare you to
all those bands from Montreal. A first album‘s hard – I never guessed that it would be so
hard, but we‘re happy because we love the songs. Now, I feel really good about it.‖

Tuesday, September 16. 2008
Posted by Matthew
This week's feature: Winter Gloves
Poppy, keyboard-heavy Montreal quintet.

About A Girl EP (Self-released, 2007)
About A Girl (Paper Bag, 2008)

About A Girl as a full-length isn't a huge departure from Winter Gloves' debut EP. Given how
good that EP was, however, that's most definitely a good thing.

The downside to About A Girl, if there is any, is that it's basically a rehashing of Winter Gloves'
debut EP from last year. A different running order, sure, with a few extra songs thrown in, but
there's not really a substantial difference between what's here and what was on the EP of the
same name just under a year ago.

Of course, calling that the "downside" is a bit of a misnomer. For one thing, I don't imagine that
many people heard the EP in its initial incarnation, so for the band to repackage it and add a
couple of new songs for their label-issued debut is hardly a bad thing. Moreover, the EP was
pretty strong from start to finish, so I'm more than happy to have an excuse to listen to it and write
about it again.

But this is more than just a revamped EP. This version of About A Girl is most definitely a
different and distinct album. The first glimpse of Winter Gloves found the band starting off in one
direction (dance floor-friendly electro-pop), and then deconstructing their sound and finishing off
180 degrees (or, at least, a solid 120 degrees) away. This time out, by contrast, they still start off
with a high-energy song (the incredibly catchy, danceable "Factories"), and they still end up all
quiet and laidback (with "Piano 4 Hands", which was also the EP's penultimate track), but the
journey they take getting there is significantly different. Rather than starting off at a high energy
point and slowly-but-steadily bringing it down, About A Girl ebbs and flows over the course of its
half hour. It hits the high energy points (say, "Factories", or the one-two punch of "Hillside" and
the title track, which signal the beginning of the album's second half) and it brings things down a
few notches (again, "Piano 4 Hands", or "Glass Paperweight"), but it does so in a way that
suggests the quartet learned a few things about making a proper album in the months between
their EP and their LP.

Which isn't to take anything away from that EP; indeed, I stand by my praise from January. But a
full-length version of About A Girl is just significantly better. It's undoubtedly a case of even more
of a good thing being, well, a very good thing, but I'm totally comfortable saying that whether
we're talking about EPs or LPs, Winter Gloves are one of the best new bands of 2008.

Want to win About A Girl? Thanks to Paper Bag, I (heart) music has a copy to give away. To
enter to win, just e-mail me your name and mailing address, and I'll pick a winner randomly!

About A Girl CD Review
After seeing Winter Gloves live, I really started to like them a lot and so now I‘m going to
do a CD review of ―About a Girl.‖ As a band they had really good energy and good band
chemistry so it made it really fun to watch them live. Once the show started, all the band
members totally zoned into the music and it was totally evident in the sound and music
they produced.

Listening to the CD after the show was over, I realized they pretty much sounded the
same as at the show. The vocalist is a good singer with good voice control and good
tambourine shaking skills. As of that night, I‘ve been carrying around a tambourine day
and night, except when I shower or go to the library…who am I kidding…I have so much
late fee‘s from this one time we were doing a research paper, I don‘t think I‘m even
allowed to go to the library anymore…

They said in an interview that they put a lot of emphases on making music with good
melody. My reply to that is ―yes they do‖. The songs are really catchy and they all have a
good balance between rock and synth pop. Sometimes synth pop can get repetitive
cause they have that same off beat hi‘s and dance beat thump. But they have a
drummer that drums real good, and it still has that synthy feel cause that what they use.
So enough jibba jabba, go pick up a CD if you can find it and rock to the glock, don‘t
follow the flock, and keep an eye on the clock, you big jock. Word to your mother and tell
her thanks for the muffins!

If you want read a better full on interview then go to

Winter Gloves
About A Girl
Paper Bag/Universal
Scott Bryson (CHARTattack)

Winter Gloves are a difficult band to pigeonhole. If there's one comparison that fits About
A Girl on the whole, you could say that it's close to The Electric Soft Parade's Holes In
The Wall. The Montreal-based trio combines dance and pop punk with unabashedly
falsetto emo vocals, and it results in something immediately enjoyable. About A Girl is
close to guitar-driven, straight-up indie rock at times, and things morph towards a mildly
danceable Junior Boys beat at others. When the songs begin to slow down near the end
of the disc, Winter Gloves turn into a warmer outfit along the lines of Electric President or
The Notwist. While on the surface they sound nothing like Tokyo Police Club, there's
something here that's reminiscent of the Newmarket quartet's albums. It may be their
energy, the handclaps, or even just the fact that they've crammed 10 songs into 29

Some prefer Winter Gloves to Mittens
By Amanda Hu, Entertainment Editor

September 11, 2008

Montreal outfit Winter Gloves works a lot like their moniker. While all connected by their
overarching fibers, each member is given a lot of room to move around. Though the
band started as Charles F.'s side project, it has morphed into a fully inclusive group,
something that the once-lone musician thought was a necessity.

"When I came up with those songs, I was alone with my cheap organ and my drums and
it's pretty easy when you're alone because you have one direction and you have a
couple of ideas, but you don't have a goal," Charles explains. "When you record
everything yourself and then you listen back to the CD, everything is a bit boring. It's like
a talent show for you. I just mapped the ideas."

Charles' decision to transfer the music to a band format was fairly easy when he found
the right musicians for the job. After mixing the EP with his friend and now fellow
bandmate, Vincent Chalifour, the two recruited Patrick Sayers and Jean-Michel Pigeon
to complete the project. The band's sound has been polished even from their early days
together, something Sayers attributes to the members' wealth of previous experience
and enthusiasm, not to mention the opportunity to all be creatively involved.

In preparation for the full album's release, the group began making a name for
themselves throwing copies of their EP into the crowd at shows, something that was
noticed by audiences and critics alike. Sayers says their unconventional decision made
sense in ensuring their success in the long run.

"Our mentality was that we wanted people to buy our record when it came out and the
only way we thought people would want to buy the record is if they knew who we were,"
Sayers says. "We wanted to give them a teaser. We had to do a bunch of shows to
warm up for the tour and get the exposure out so people would talk about the record. No
one's going to buy anything if they don't know who you are."

Charles and Sayers both agree that their group managed to transport the EP's lo-fi
sound and feeling on the album-- something Charles says was originally due to his lack
of high-quality recording equipment-- while refining the ideas, though it was a bit of a
struggle to maintain that direction throughout the recording process.

"I think a lot of bands have the temptation, when you're in a big studio and you have a lot
of gear, to go in that direction to be very produced and have that slick sound," says
Sayers. "Initially, we ended up doing that because we were working with another
producer and he had his own ideas. Listening back, we were like, 'This is not what the
band is about,' and it wasn't what we had envisioned our album sounding like. Charles
and Vincent mixed the EP, so they took it upon themselves to mix the record. That's why
we came with our own sound because we knew what we wanted and they achieved it."

Winter Gloves - About A Girl

Winter Gloves, c‘est un groupe de Montréal qui lance un premier album très attendu
suite a un EP (Let Me Drive) qui a séduit la critique. Le quatuor est composé d‘un
batteur, deux claviéristes et un guitariste. Avec About A Girl, Winter Gloves n‘invente et
de ré-invente absolument rien, soyons clair. Mais ca reste un album extrêmement
efficace. Des mélodies qui vous accrochera à coup sûre.

On a qu‘a lire la liste des groupes qui les influences pour comprendre dans quel univers
le groupe nous entraîne (The Shins. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Broadcast. Blonde
Redhead. Emily Haines. Elliot Smith. Wolf Parade. The Arctic Monkeys. The Rapture.
Franz Ferdinand. The Arcade Fire. Death From Above 1979. Radiohead. Metric. et

Bref, bien que cet album ne passera pas à l‘histoire, on vous le recommande fortement.
Ca reste très plaisant à écouter.

[par B. Falardeau]


Winter Gloves synth-sounds keep the ears toasty
Sep 11th, 2008
By rob

Another new hip indie band from Montreal? Impossible! Zut alors, mon pamplemousse!

Yes, there has been a slightly detectable backlash against bands emerging from the
city‘s renowned uber hip indie music scene, but the continuing quality of the bands has
made it difficult to dismiss them simply as trend-surfers. Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade and
their ilk may have opened listeners‘ ears to the city, but bands like Besnard Lakes,
Sunset Rubdown, Plants and Animals, and Think About Life have continued to make
innovative music that helps inoculate Montreal against misplaced charges of excess

Joining the fray is Winter Gloves, whose new album ―About a Girl‖ was released this
week on Paper Bag Records. It‘s a good album, standing up to repeated listens. Their
sound is interesting, if not exactly innovative, mixing synth and organs with driving guitar
and ‗boom-tss, boom-tss‘ drums. The organ lines are reminiscent of Spencer Krug‘s
playing with Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, though they lack his manic energy.
Nonetheless, the songs are strong, the sound is interesting, and there‘s an energy that is
just buried maybe a bit too much under the production but will no doubt be in full
evidence when they perform as part of the Pop Montreal festival on Oct. 1 at La Tulipe.

These guys are certainly worth the visit to their myspace page, and I recommend picking
up the album at your local record store or from iTunes.

Winter Gloves: Will Debut Album Unify Montreal?
September 08, 2008
Posted by Olivier in City, Music

The two solitudes are evident in Montreal‘s music scene. There exists, on one pole, the
largely Anglophone fan base for Arcade Fire and their heir apparent in the indie rock
scene, most of which are unaware of the thriving francophone Quebec music industry.
On the other pole, many in the francophone majority of Montreal are unaware that the
Arcade Fire even exist, let alone that they are an international sensation. But there are
also many in Montreal bridging this gap, and Winter Gloves belongs on that list.

To be fair, many artists have ignored the superficial barriers of language in forging
musical connections in Montreal. Patrick Watson comes to mind as an example of an
artist who collaborates with francophone‘s and Anglophones alike, creating a distinctly
Montreal sound in the process. And Arcade Fire themselves are a band of famously
mixed backgrounds, including francophone Quebecoise Régine Chassagne. But the real
question is not whether francophone and Anglophone artists are willing to collaborate,
which they clearly are, but whether the two linguistic fan bases can merge. Can there be
a linguistically unified Montreal rock scene?

Winter Gloves may be a step in the right direction. The band consists entirely of
francophone Quebecers, yet their lyrics are in English. Some may see this as a
capitulation to commercial pressures requiring English lyrics for international market
appeal, but after seeing them perform at their CD Launch party at Club Lambi, the
language of the vocals seemed a fitting musical choice.

Choosing to sing in French or English is not so different than choosing between two
instruments, or two different keys: it does not have to be a commercial or political
decision, but rather can be a musical one. A singer‘s voice sounds different in English
than in French, and each can be used to fit a different musical style.

In this case, Winter Gloves has made the right choice- their brand of upbeat indie rock is
augmented by wailing vocals reminiscent of a poor man‘s Coldplay or Patrick Watson.
Their debut album, ―About A Girl‖, out Sept. 9th, is an enjoyable if not unremarkable
listen, though their live show is considerably better. After a national tour, they‘ll be
playing La Tulipe for Pop Montreal on Oct. 1st. Pop Montreal itself has always been at
the forefront of unifying Montreal‘s two solitudes, and as such is a fitting venue for Winter
Glove‘s hopefully representative approach to music in Montreal. If Winter Gloves and
bands like it can transcend linguistic barriers, and Anglophone musicians can return the
favour for francophone listeners, imagine what kind of beautiful music Montreal could

VFest ‗08: Winter Gloves
September 7, 2008

My inner diva was almost reluctant to trudge (yes, trudge) over to the Oh Henry stage to
catch the first performance of the day because it was so wet and miserable. The trek
from the cozy and dry media tent to the smaller stages was brutal. Michael Kuss had
predicted only one millimeter of rain but what we got was more like ten times that
amount. Gross.

What followed though was well worth it. A 30-minute set from my current Canadian indie
fascination, Winter Gloves. I absolutely adore these guys - they played to a tiny crowd (I
guess that's what you get when you're the first act of the day) and showcased most of
the material from their debut full-length album, About A Girl. The guys had some
technical difficulties with an amp blowing out halfway through, but they improvised like
champs by playing with the remaining powered instruments. Each band member
contributed to the percussion components of the songs, rocking' the tambourine,
electronic drums and various other maraca-esque instruments. Nice work, lads. Can't
wait to see a full set from you on your tour this fall!

iTunes Single of the Week- Sept 1 2008

MuchMusic's First Spin- Sept 9, 2008


Winter Gloves flesh out sound
North Shore News
Published: Friday, September 05, 2008
Rating: 8 (out of 10)

Montreal's synth-heavy Winter Gloves focus on melody and groove for all the right
reasons. They play in the service of the song.

Montreal's Winter Gloves perform tracks from their new album About A Girl Sept. 13 at
UBC's Pit Pub.

Their debut album, About A Girl, features 10 tight tracks of poetic pop constructs. Most
of the songs are short, under three minutes, but cover a lot of emotional territory.

Leader Charles F. has a way with the wurlitzer and the band builds sounds around his
words like the inventive noisemakers that they are.

Some of the tracks have been heard previously on a demo EP (Let Me Drive, I Can't Tell
You, Piano 4 Hands) but everything is fleshed out further here. They like to push things
out of whack and see where it goes.

Recorded last winter in Toronto with producer Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club) the opening
track, Factories, establishes Winter Gloves as a band out of time -- you can hear the
'80s in their music but also the future.

About A Girl is in stores next Tuesday with Winter Gloves playing UBC's Pit Pub on
Saturday, Sept. 13.

Rock & Roll Report Card
By Adèle Barclay
September 5 2008
Winter Gloves
About a Girl
Paper Bag Records

Charlie F‘s synth pop project‘s debut about a girl could easily have been called about a
city. The songs conspire to create this emotional panorama of factories, parties, parks,
streets and corners where you‘ve made out or unfortunately run into exes that blends
into a 10-track late-night dance party. Chock-full of riffs that range from melancholy to
hyperactive, Winter Glove‘s half hour album is an exercise in pop. But it‘s the near-
perfect percussion that steers the record. At times it‘s the dancing life force and at
others, a steady, guiding hand, depending on the nature of the track. Easily one of the
gems of the album ―Glass Paperweight‖ aches open with the lines ―Do you know how far
you could push your selfish games?‖

It‘s slower than many of the other tracks, but in its brevity it doesn‘t drag. Its deliberate,
heavier lull actually lends to the purpose of the song. The way Charlie‘s voice scratches
and wails beautifully recall a sort of desperation that‘s been dulled into resignation by the
time he finishes with ―She‘ll be going away.‖ The title track‘s whimsy is contagious as the
quick beat pulls you through the lyrics ―hold you tight till your body let go / it‘s for you to
decide which way you go, which way you go.‖ When you reach the trickling keyboard
outro, it‘s as if you‘ve just been spinning. The melody of ―Hillside,‖ though, is too
repetitive without actually being catchy enough to be interesting and the lyrics on the
album tend to work better when they‘re drawn out and repeated like a riff rather than
rushed through as he does on this track. On ―Invisible‖ the industrial specter of Trent
Reznor with his razor vocals is almost invoked, only to be chased away by the overall
lack of despair, though some of the lyrics do come close. Oftentimes Charlie doesn‘t shy
away from using his falsetto, but fortunately he knows how to use it to drive his song
home. About a girl is not only impressive as a debut but as an example of a pop album
embracing its heavier and lighter sides Adèle Barclay

Arts & Culture
CD Reviews
Uniter Staff
September 4 2008

About a Girl

Paper Bag Records

As summer begins to fade into the inevitable autumn, nothing hits the spot like mellow
electronic pop—a genre that many Canadian artists seem to have down to an exact
science. About a Girl is the brilliant full-length debut from Montreal four-piece Winter
Gloves. Throughout the disc, the band intertwines relaxing dance beats with catchy
synth vibes and layers them over ambient keyboard tones and falsetto-rich melodies.
With a release date of Sept. 9, this album will make the perfect soundtrack for cool
autumn nights while driving aimlessly through the city.

—Matt Preprost

Disc Review

About A Girl (Paper Bag)
By Bryan Borzykowski

If you were wondering how Paper Bag would fill the void created by Tokyo Police Club‘s
move to Saddle Creek, look no further than Montreal trio Winter Gloves. Like TPC, they
deliver a frenetic batch of distortion-heavy rock tunes. But they‘re also not afraid to
tackle the synth or bring it down a notch, as they do on the acoustic-guitar-driven Glass

This is a formidable debut – sure to get a ton of repeat plays – but there is room for
improvement. Some of the tracks sound like any proficient indie act, and Hillside falls
could have written them a little flat. But make no mistake; Winter Gloves are a Canuck
act to watch.

Winter Gloves play the Virgin Festival at Toronto Island on Sunday (September 7).

NOW | September 3-10, 2008 | VOL 28 NO 1

Winter Gloves
About a Girl
September 03, 2008


Half a decade ago, the punchy, patterned synth-rock made by Montreal‘s Winter Gloves
would‘ve sounded très au courant. Their debut LP is dance music for nerds, with the
edges sanded off. But though the buzzy keyboards, spare chimes and mannered,
repetitive beats on About A Girl feel slightly dated, the real flaw here is a lack of
interesting songwriting. Aside from the reflective ―Glass Paperweight,‖ which loops
singer Charles F.‘s thin falsetto around a metronomic pulse of quiet, cottony keys and a
brittle guitar line, and the snarling riffs of ―Party People,‖ there‘s little to separate the 10
tracks here from one another.

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Aug 23, 2008

"I Can't Tell You"

While this Montreal act's debut EP consisted largely of demos performed by front man
Charles F., their upcoming album captures the sound of a band in the exhilarating
process of inventing its own identity. In broad strokes, it is melodic, rhythmically
aggressive; yet still "indie" in sensibility. For now, you can stream an early version at As good as it sounds, the new version is even better. (From
About a Girl, out Sept. 9,

Winter Gloves Warm Up For Tour
Wednesday August 13, 2008
By: Staff

Montreal's Winter Gloves will launch their Canadian tour on Sept. 7 at Toronto's Virgin

Winter Gloves self-released their Let Me Drive EP and Paper Bag Records will issue the
trio's About A Girl full-length debut on Sept. 9.

—Ciara McCann

Winter Gloves >>
Posted on 08.13.08
By Chris

I think I can do with one more pair of winter gloves.

Take a listen to Winter Gloves, a band started from a ‘single microphone in Charles F‘s
downtown Montreal apartment as he tried to piece together the distance he‘d covered
since growing up in the countryside of a very rural Quebec‘. The band have been
getting rave reviews opening for the likes of Tokyo Police Club and Jealous
Girlfriends; next month heading out on the road for a two-month Canadian tour. Details
below. I‘m looking forward to hear the full disc (About A Girl) with was recorded by Jon
Drew (Uncut, Tokyo Police Club, F*cked Up) and is set to be release on Sept. 9th.
Take a listen.

Let Me Drive by Winter Gloves

Chaotic off-beat drums over busy keyboards lines are still in.

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                          Winter Gloves

                            These Quebec natives haven't even released a full-length
                            album yet (they promise by September they will) and there is
                            already the low rumblings of 'something to watch out for' on-
                            line, on college radio and now on Lead man
                            Charles F. leads the four pieces collective on keys and vocals
                            while being strongly backed up by Vincent Chalifour, Louis
      Zaki Ibrahim          Fernandez and Patrick Sayers. Their first EP, Let Me Drive
                            showcases a young band incorporating an amalgamation of
harmonies, ambient sounds and ethereal beats coming together for a honey sweet
musical journey. Title track ' Let Me Drive' may be the best on the EP while 'Piano for
Hands' mixes simple lyrics with fetching accord. I would be remiss if I also didn't mention
that these boys are incredibly cute. Charles F. may not know what's in store for him as I
predict there will be no lack of groupies vying for the attention of this French Canadian
Check them out on their MySpace page. EP, Let Me Drive is currently available on
itunes. Give them a listen and let me know what you think.

Winter Gloves 'Let Me Drive' EP today exclusively on iTunes!

July 16th, 2008

The skinny on Winter Gloves...

Winter Gloves began with a single microphone in Charles F's downtown Montreal
apartment as he tried to piece together the distance he'd covered since growing up in
the countryside of a very rural Quebec. The jarring shift of such a transition seemed to
peek through every chance it could, a constant inspiration as much as frustration that
was drafted in the band's self-released EP of mainly demo tracks.

With only a handful of live shows behind them at the beginning of the year, Winter
Gloves was already receiving invitations to join dates with bands the likes The
D'Urbervilles, Jealous Girlfriends and Tokyo Police Club on a series of sold-out tour
dates (Montreal, Ottawa, two Toronto shows). Such well-attended shows helped spread
what was already becoming the wildfire of their demo tracks across blogs and music
chat sites, and led to top pick coverage at both Canadian Music Week and NXNE this

If you attended any of these earlier shows, you may have caught (literally) a copy of the
Winter Gloves' EP as dozens were thrown offstage during their set. If not, you can grab
your own copy of the Let Me Drive EP now available through iTunes.

Paper Bag Records will be behind the release of Winter Gloves' full-length debut, about
a girl, which will pick up where these song sketches left off. The album was recorded in
Toronto during the winter of 2008 with Producer Jon Drew (Tokyo Police Club, Fucked
Up) and is set to drop in Canada on September 9, 2008. Full fall tour details coming

'About a girl' Album Track Listing:

Let Me Drive
I Can't Tell You
Glass Paperweight
About A Girl
Party People
The Way To Celebrate
Piano 4 Hands

                     INDIE ROCK REVIEWS
                     Winter Gloves ―Let Me Drive‖ EP Album Review

                     - Score 84%

                     Visit Winter Gloves

                       With Winter Gloves full length album ―About A Girl‖ soon to follow
   these three impressive songs found on their new iTunes exclusive ep, fans of this
   wide eyed and open mouthed new Montreal baby won‘t have to wait long to get
   some relief from the upcoming cold weather that invades the deep northern climes of
   the continent. The EP starts out with ―I Can‘t Tell You‖, automatically the band pulls
   us in with their deft keyboard playing, fuzzy guitar riffs and Doors induced keyboards
   set to up tempo beats and one hell of a vocal introduction. These multi-layered gems
   barely give a touch of what the band is capable of and will undoubtedly have fans
   pounding their Internet keys to reserve a copy of the full length.

   Recommended if you like: Tokyo Police Club, Pomegranates, The Republic Tigers,
   Sunny Day Sets Fire, Kid Dakota and Port O‘ Brien!

Winter Gloves Release Debut Full-length This September
July 7 2008 By Josiah Hughes

As the leaves turn to dust and the Great North turns white once again, the thoughtful
Canadians at Paper Bag Records will keep us toasty this fall with the gift of Winter
Gloves. The Montreal band headed by singer/songwriter Charles F. rode a wave of buzz
from their debut Let Me Drive EP that led to a spot on Exclaims 16th Anniversary Tour
opening up for Tokyo Police Club.

Paper Bag will release About A Girl, Winter Gloves‘ debut full-length, on September 9.
According to the press release, ―the album is ten songs about all the quiet spots you
sacrifice when you search out something new and the ways you'll ultimately find to
recreate those old things of solace — the new ways you'll find to tolerate and celebrate.
It's the push and pull that surrounds us all, put to songs driven by the sounds of
keyboards and drums and wrapped up in a constant buzz of bass and gritty synths.‖

F R I D A Y, J U L Y 4, 2 0 0 8

The Winter Gloves and Our Book and The Authors at Quai des Brums

Lord knows why the Winter Gloves refer to their high energy, body-shaking music as
healing/easy listening on myspace. But, hey, irony is hip, cool, and fun. Though, with
bands just starting out on what promises to be a tremendous career, those who are not
in the know will not know the irony. But, no matter, I'm pretty sure this is a band that we'll
be hearing about for years to come. At the moment, their 5-6-song repertoire is short,
but proud. Every song is gripping, energetic, and sprinkled with enough musically
complicated components to warrant it distinct from most of the pulp indie-pop out there.
This is not your navel-gazing music. When Charles f. lays it on the tambourine, he beats
the devil out of it (to quote Bob Ross) and then flings it behind him with wild abandon on
to the next. He's clearly the main force behind the band, but he blends well with his
equally energetic compatriots. I can't wait for this band to write a few more songs, put
out its first album, and get its van and start the revolution. Until then, I'll take what I can
get, even if it is just five songs at Quai des Brumes.

Openers Our Book and the Authors was a sweet little duo. This band is also led by the
force of one man, Gabriel d'Amour, who sings with his sweet, clear voice as he plays the
keyboard, while backed with the computer wizardry of Jean Arod. This duo is much
softer than the Winter Gloves, and less frenetic energy. This is more pointed and
contained, but somehow a very good pairing as an opener.

These two bands show that the Montreal music scene continues to spill forth talented,
listenable, and joyous indie-pop music and are well worth catching as they grow and

Tokyo Police Club w/ Winter Gloves and The Coast                          – The Opera
House, Toronto May 3rd 2008

Review by Myles LaCavera
Pictures by Mike Bax

I was lost for a present to get my little brother for his birthday a couple of months ago, so
I suggested he pick a show. He came back with a really good list (say I‘m a little proud of
his maturing palette) – City and Colour, Edgefest, or Tokyo Police Club. When I went to
check online TPC had just added a second show to their Toronto stop after their Friday
night gig sold out, so before even checking the other events I scooped tickets. Turned
out to be a good thing, Saturday sold out too a while later. Figured I‘d take both of my
younger brothers that were old enough to go and we headed down to The Opera House
early. As we crossed on to the south side of Queen Street we could see that a line up
had already started. What we didn‘t realize was that it was lined up nearly two blocks
down the side of the venue. I had seen TPC twice already, both of which were festival
gigs during the day and was excited to see them in a club setting.

The doors opened and we pulled up to the merchandise table where one poor guy was
getting run right ragged by a herd of teens trying to getting their pubescent hands on a
Police Club shirt, socks, hoody, or whatever they could get before it sold out. We waited,
and waited as sizes of shirts were crossed off his list but were still fortunate enough to
get the guys a couple of shirts. Bands: if you want to sell shirts $15 is a GREAT price I
still remember wanting to grab a Smashing Pumpkins Tee at last years V-fest… $40 and
they were lame… fuck that!

Montreal‘s Winter Gloves took the opening slot and when some one at the show
mentioned later that it had only been their 9th show together I was impressed (even
though I‘m not sure there‘s much truth to that). They came across with a dancier-than-
Mutemath musicianship and Brit Rock fullness with copious amounts of falsetto. The
band looked comfortable and played well, and with rumor circulating that a full length is
coming around September this might be a band to keep your eye on. ―Piano 4 Hands‖
and ―Let Me Drive‖ are decent cuts from their 2007 About A Girl EP and can be heard on
their MySpace page. Their drummer also has the best mullet/‗stache combo since Jesse

Hometown boys The Coast followed with a forgettable set plagued with on stage sound
level problems and an overpowering guitar that cut through the rest of the players. I‘ll
give these guys credit; they‘re much better than this and really just ran into some bad
luck. They kept their head up and played through it best they could. A good bunch of
guys, the guitar player even handed out some free tees that he spent all day silk
screening himself.

I‘ve heard grumblings of disappointment surrounding Elephant Shell, TPC‘s much-
anticipated debut LP. I‘ve nearly burnt a hole through mine already if that‘s any
indication of how much play I‘m giving it and am pretty pleased with how the guys are
growing up. Tokyo Police Club made a strong statement taking the stage to the dense
and foggy ―La Ferrassie‖, the brake light finale to 2006‘s A Lesson In Crime EP – the
band is evolving. Previous shows almost predictably started with David Monks
screaming ―Operator! Get me the President of the world. This is an emergency!‖ the
frenetic and paranoid lead off track from the same EP‘s ―Cheer It On‖. Times have
changed but not too much. After their opener the band plowed through an hour-long set
of material from their new disc, early material, and the only TPC cover they play which
happens to be a deadly version of The Rentals‘ ―Friends of P‖.

―Listen to the Math‖, which is actually one of my least favorites from Elephant Shell,
turned out to be the dramatic show piece of the evening and definitely turned my opinion
of the tune. Uncharacteristically slow dodgy base lines accented by Alesis faux-strings
fell away as Monks pulled back from the mic for the instrumental bridge. He disappeared
into the darkness as the lights struck off and on behind him, vividly highlighting each
note with a shake of his moppy head. ―Tessellate‖ was dirtied up and dropped its
formerly clean keys for a more familiar TPC tone – expectedly, it came off without a
hitch. With a band that tours this much, and are serious contenders for hardest working
indie band out there, I would have been shocked if it had been otherwise. I‘m not sure
these guys would know what to do with time off!

The chaotic pace of the show left little time for idle chitchat but Monks did thank
everyone for coming and sheepishly mentioned, ―this is the type of show a band wants
to play every night.‖ He could have been talking about the crowd or the way the band
was playing, it didn‘t matter either way. The crowd absolutely lost it when the band broke
into ―Cheer It On‖ and ―Be Good‖. Josh Hook led the clapping and the kids down front
bounced about holding up a few lucky surfers. The lower floor of The Opera House was
packed sardine tight and the kids looked like a shorted out version of Whack-a-Mole that
had suddenly gone into overdrive. They were having more fun than popping bubble

The band gave ―The Harrowing Adventures Of…‖ its live debut as the first song of the
encore with Monks taking up the acoustic intro. Even without the strings, ―Harrowing‖
was a showstopper and a real treat for a crowd that needed a breather by that point.
Most of the kids hadn‘t had that much exercise since an all night Nintendo Wii marathon
held in their parent‘s basement. My brothers and I piled back in the car after the gig and
didn‘t need to say a word to each other as we mowed on home, a little slower than usual
– Elephant Shell running quietly through the stereo echoing the night. I was
contemplative and left wondering if I haven‘t already lost that little indie band, that I
rushed to see at Lollapalooza a year ago, to a younger crowd. Nah, fuck ‗em, we can

Winter Gloves and Ruby Coast
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I did not buy any souvenirs during my stay in Montreal. Although I did hear some
amazing music. I took the liberty of taking that music back across the boarder into the
states with me. Let's hope the Mounties don't come after me.

Tokyo Police was amazing, I expect nothing less from them. I could truly go on for post
after post about TPC's show and how awesome their music was and how
OUTSTANDING their live performance was, but the opening acts set the tone for the
show. Ruby Coast was playing as we arrived fashionably late. Their leader singer
reminded me a lot of Weezer's front man; he had the over sized glasses with a cool
voice, and impressive guitar riffs. Simply put they had a super clean sound with charging
keyboards. I couldn't stop bobbing my head up and down as they tore through their set.
My only complaint was that their drummer was lagging a bit, but Ruby Coast's overall
performance was outstanding

My favorite song: Neighborhood

The second opening act was Winter Gloves. Winter Gloves is a local Montreal band, and
know how to play some serious keyboards! To explain how much I like this band I'll start
off by saying the day I was back in the states I downloaded all their songs I could. And
have listened to the fours songs probably about fifteen times each. That is not an
exaggeration by any means, ask my roommates. Winter Gloves lead singer and lead
keyboard player knows how to write music. I was astounded by how well put together
each of their songs were. Not to mention their drummer (who had a sweet moustache
and I talked to after the concert) was using electric drums, which I was really digging. I
don't think I could think of a band to compare their sound to. Honestly, I've never heard
anything like it in my entire life, maybe something close, but I wouldn't dare compare
another band to them. Not to mention they had the stage presence of a big time band
and spoke French. I highly recommend downloading their songs from their myspace
page and listen to their music!

April 20, 2008

Tokyo Police Club - Cabaret - April 19
Posted by Valerie in Music

The All-Canadian indie rock invasion sponsored by Exclaim magazine was taking place
at Le Cabaret last night for a sold-out show. The three young and energetic bands
present were Ruby Coast, Winter Gloves and Tokyo Police Club.

Ruby Coast opened up with a short set of happy and simple indie rock tunes that fitted
perfectly into the evening's theme. The five members of the Ontario-based band look like
they are straight out of high school but they perform like champs. They were able to
warm up the young crowd efficiently, and it seems like they just have a lot of fun on
stage - which is hard to find these days with all these bands who take themselves too
seriously. +1 bonus point for playing xylophone on one of their songs.

Second was the most "mature" act of the night, Winter Gloves, a Montreal band I had
never heard of. Apparently, I was the only one, because it seemed most of their fan base
attended the show. I must admit I got charmed by both their "dancy" and their more
serious songs, and I started liking them even more when I saw all the great bands they
list as their influences on their Myspace page. Winter Gloves will be performing on April
23 at L"Escogriffe with another electro-rock Montreal band called Hexes & Ohs. I give
another +1 bonus point to Winter Gloves for having pre-recorded handclaps on one of
their songs: very cheesy and very 80s but still a lot of fun.
Finally came the young and innocent-looking Tokyo Police Club. Since their second full-
length album, Elephant Shell, will be out in the next couple of days, the band took
advantage of the occasion to perform many of their new songs. From what I heard, this
new record will not disappoint most fans: Tokyo Police Club sticks to the same formula
of short, structured and mostly upbeat rock songs. I must admit I was a little surprised to
see the show was sold out, and to realize some of their upcoming gigs in the states are
already full too. I guess it's good to know there are some kids out there who can
appreciate Canadian indie-rock. My last +1 bonus point goes to the dorky keyboard
player from Tokyo Police Club who was completely on fire. Oh and the light poles
changing patterns and colors were great too.

Photos by Andrew Kyres

LTTGEO: Winter Gloves                April 18, 2008

Last time I checked in with Winter Gloves, a deliciously sweet and youthful foursome
from Quebec City (but have since settled in Montreal), they were kicking my ass (and
trying to make me fall in love with them at the same time) at CMW, where they opened
for Woodhands at The Drake. Front man Charles F. promised us that the band was
about to duck away into the studio to record their debut album, but in the meantime, they
were giving away free copies of their three song EP, About A Girl (you can listen to it on
the band's MySpace page). According to the band's MySpace, the EP was recorded
using a single microphone in a combination of recording studio/cramped Montreal
apartment, and mixed with the original ambient noise left alone to create a 'pleasant,
dirty sound'.

Word has it the band's debut album is nearly ready and should be released by this
coming September. Very exciting news! Check out this clip of the band recording the
album at Halla Music in Toronto. It makes me giddy thinking about seeing them live

If you want to see exactly what I mean, check them out when they open for Tokyo Police
Club (whose album you can preview a week in advance here) over the next two weeks:

                                                               Thursday, April 10, 2008

Canadian mailbag The Winter Gloves and The Wet Secrets
Two records have ended up on my desk (or inbox, whatever) that definitely don't fall into
my wheelhouse, but certainly warrant a mention.

The first - The About a Girl EP - from Montreal's The Winter Gloves is an interesting
effort to say the least. The opener, Let Me Drive is a dance-pants electro number that I
could take or leave, but after a few listens, I really started to embrace the warmer
textures they experiment with just underneath the pulsing rhythms. When I first heard
their name, I thought The Winter Gloves would be a great name for a folk outfit and not
very apt for an electro/indie rock act, but the subtle nuances they use are as comforting
as your favorite pair of hand warmers.

The end result is a collection of songs that are very repeatable. Sure, a cynic might say
that combining the catchy indie rock hooks with synths and a Wurlitzer means they have
the ingredients needed to get heard but never stand out, but I really like the elements
they put together. Instead of more of the same ole same ole, I was interested in the
songs and surprised by the arrangements. The floating pop of the title track doesn't use
much more than some synths, tambourine and drums, but it's as catchy and
instantaneous as some of Maritime's earlier work. The record closes with the nice piano
and swirling 60's falsetto vocals of Piano 4 Hands, which is probably the strongest track
on the EP.

I am not going to say this record will be locked and loaded into my rotation, but I am very
impressed by the fact I don't really like this kind of music very much, and really enjoyed
listening to this EP.

April 2008

Winter Gloves
By Jill Langlois

The unintentional brainchild of Charles F., Montreal‘s newest outfit, Winter Gloves, is
catching the ears of music lovers and critics alike. The synth-heavy quartet just polished
off their CMW debut with good reviews in tow, and will be hitting the road again for
Exclaim!‘s own 16th Anniversary Tour. Charles took some time out of his schedule to
answer some questions about what makes his new band tick.

Since Winter Gloves is so new, can you explain what kind of band you are?
It actually started as a solo project, so I just began to write a few songs with my Wurlitzer
and had some fun with synths and drums over it. I had some songs and just put them on
MySpace. Then there were just a couple of people that told my, ―Oh wow, they‘re really
interesting. You should do something with that.‖ But I was in another band at the time.

What was the other band?
It‘s called Lady Grey. But it‘s not really well known. It was a band out of Quebec City.
Anyway, so I just talked to a couple friends of mine who I wanted to work with. So I
called Louis Fernandez who plays the guitar and glockenspiel, and Vincent Chalifour –
another friend of mine – and Patrick Sayers. We just started a band together, and now
we‘re Winter Gloves. We‘re a pretty new band. It‘s been less than a year now. I think
we‘re kind of synth rock, but we like to have fun and call it glock rock.

Is what you’re doing now a lot different than what you were doing with your other band?
Yeah, totally, because the other band was more of a guitar band. It was definitely
different because it was more aggressive. Winter Gloves is pretty different because, for
us, the most important thing is the melodies. We‘re really inspired by dance beats and
things like that, but at the same time, the melodies are the most important things in the

You just finished recording your first full-length record. What’s the album going to sound
At first we wanted to do something very garage, but at the same time we have a couple
of songs that needed to be warmer. It‘s kind of warm, but it‘s indie rock at the same time.
It‘s hard to tell for me because it‘s so early in the process, but we‘re very happy with it so
far. Basically, the entire album is about seduction and urban lifestyle. Because we‘re
from the suburbs the city is very exciting for us.

You described your About a Girl EP as having “a pleasant dirty sound.” How did you
make that happen?
On the EP it was pretty easy because I had only one microphone and I was recording at
home, but on the record what we did was recorded a couple of tracks outside the studio
and kept some of the noises. Sometimes we played things without plugging them into
the amp and recorded it with a microphone, so when you listen to the album you can
hear the fingers knocking on the keys. There are certain things like that that we still used
in the recording of the album. For sure it‘s not as garage and you don‘t have the dirty
sound of the EP on the new album, but there‘s definitely that touch that we kept.

Do you think that type of sound translates well to your live show?
Actually it‘s pretty different live because there‘s a lot more energy. The album is probably
closer to our live gigs than the EP. On the EP I‘m the only one playing everything, and
on the album we‘re the band, so the dynamics are very, very different.

How do you think being from Montreal has affected the way you’ve been perceived?
There are a lot of good bands from Montreal, but at the same time it doesn‘t matter
because we‘re just a band playing music and we try to have fun and have people
dancing with us. Maybe a couple of people are just tired of hearing about bands from
Montreal or others are just like, ―Oh another band from Montreal! That‘s so exciting!
There are so many good bands there.‖ But to be honest, I don‘t really mind being
associated with that.

Next Tuesday, April 1st, at Mavericks, i(heart)music is very proud to present...

The D'Urbervilles (Constantines-style rock, from Guelph/Toronto; download "We Are The
Forest City Lovers (gentle folk-pop from Toronto-via-London; download "Country Road")
The Polytones (one of Ottawa's finest pop bands; download "Broken Stems")
The Winter Gloves (newest Paper Bag Records signees from Quebec City; download "Let Me
Drive (Unplugged)")

It's $6 advance (tickets via either this site or at End Hits) or $8 at the door. Doors are at 8, it's
19+, and it's going to be an awesomely fun night!

Five things you should know about Winter Gloves
March 05, 2008

1. They are a synth-rock outfit on the rise. After a year spent across the pond digesting
British indie, the band‘s lead singer, who goes by the minimalist moniker of Charles F.,
grew tired of his garage rock band in 2006 and turned his attention to arguably the most
beloved electric piano in rock ‗n‘ roll, the Wurlitzer. With a handful of promising home
demos, Charles assembled a band and relocated them to a certain musical hotbed….

2. Yes, they‘re a Montreal band. Get over it. ―Even while I was living in England, I kept
hearing about bands from Montreal,‖ says Charles, who describes his hometown of
Quebec City as a much quieter place. ―When I moved back to Canada I thought, let‘s go
to Montreal — everything‘s happening there. We think it‘s the place for us.‖

3. A full-length album is on the way. After the release of their home-recorded About A
Girl EP last year, Winter Gloves chose a professional studio for their full-length debut,
yet they‘re eager to replicate some of the charms of the home-recording process.
―Sometimes my girlfriend would be washing dishes in the kitchen, and I kept (that
sound), because it‘s natural. We want this record to be warm. We want to keep the
energy of that home-recording style.‖

4. They don‘t have a record deal… yet. While the album is in its final mixing stages with
veteran producer Jon Drew, the band‘s label status remains veiled in secrecy, principally
because Charles is too polite to reveal exactly who‘s courting them. ―There‘s a lot of
interest, and I don‘t want to be an asshole. I‘m just taking my time,‖ he says. ―We just
want to find the right place and the right people to work with.‖

5. Where you can see them play. Fri, Mar 7. With Plants and Animals. Criminal Records,
493 Queen W. Free. 6pm. Also Mar 7, The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen W. $5
before midnight, $10 after. CMW wristbands accepted. 12am.


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