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Montreal post-punk quartet Corridor have toppled over a slick new single, “Domino,” the latest advance track from their forthcoming Sub Pop debut Junior. The French-Canadian foursome may write and perform in French, but rock music this good is something we can all understand.
Corridor’s Jonathan Robert explains the concept behind “Domino” in a statement:
People are often glorifying what being an artist or a musician can mean. Art doesn’t necessarily make you a better person. There can be angst, stress and so on. It can have a negative, direct impact on the people closest to you. “Domino” is about navigating just that. It is the first song out of Junior that we’ve composed and we’ve played it live quite a few times already.
The structure of “Domino” falls precisely in line with Robert’s point: The song opens with chipper, call-and-response guitars bookending the mix, which are soon joined by propulsive percussion and the band’s subtle, inviting harmonies. But eventually, those irresistible melodies fall away, subsumed by a hard-charging, Krautrock-like instrumental break that wrests the song away as in a demonic possession—like an artist seized by inspiration, the self consumed by the act of creation. When Corridor snap effortlessly back into the groove at song’s end, it’s almost a relief—we’re faced once more with a hyper-melodic Dr. Jekyll, singing, “The morning was after me / And the day was taking its toll on you / It’s lined up just like dominoes / You open the door and you walk back in.”
Paste’s Lizzie Manno highlighted Corridor in her August 2018 piece on post-punk’s quiet rise, writing that their 2017 LP Supermercado’s “jangly, synth-pop-tinged sound will entrance fans of the genre and post-punk newbies alike” with its “tight, neat percussion and spasmodic guitars … bright vocals and spellbinding soundscapes.”
In addition to sharing their new single, Corridor have added a pair of new dates to their upcoming international tour in support of Junior, which begins Oct. 23 at Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle and ends Dec. 13 at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles. New dates include a Nov. 1 show in Lyon, France, and a Nov. 7 stop in Antwerp, Belgium.
Listen to “Domino” below and find Corridor’s full tour itinerary further down.
Corridor Tour Dates:
23 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Boot & Saddle
24 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Union Pool
25 – Washington, D.C. @ Comet Ping Pong
29 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso (Upstairs)
31 – Nyon, Switzerland @ La Parenthese
01 – Lyon, France @ Le Sonic
02 – Nantes, France @ Soy Music Festival
04 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
06 – London, U.K. @ The Waiting Room
07 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix (Free Show)
08 – Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
09 – Berlin, Germany @ Westgermany
10 – Kortrijk, Belgium @ Sonic City Music Festival
20 – Toronto, Ont. @ The Garrison*
22 – Montreal, Que. @ M for Montreal Festival (Le National) *
28 – Quebec City, Que. @ l’Anti
04 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Milk Bar
07 – Portland, Ore. @ Bunk Bar #
08 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Astoria ^
10 – Seattle, Wash. @ Barboza
13 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Moroccan Lounge
(* w/ Absolutely Free)
(# w/ Woolen Men)
(^ w/ N0V3L)