Spells Disaster… Crackhaus

Those who think minimal Techno should be dark, dour and deadly serious are advised to stay far away from Spells Disaster… The Wire, UK

Et du chaos naît l’harmonie… Le Devoir, Québec

Originally bursting on to the scene with their contribution to the Montréal Smoked Meat Compilation, and a much caned remix for fellow Montréal sound butcher Akufen on Force Inc Music Works in 2002, Crackhaus (Stephen Beaupre and Scott Monteith) are set to unleash another fine collection of cheeky dancefloor rockers for the MUTEK label just in time for this year’s festival.

Having spent the last year dazzling dancefloors in Chile, Mexico, and various points across Europe and North Amercia with their unrelenting, slapstick live performances, “Spells Disaster” takes the Crackhaus formula refined on last year’s “Blame Canada” EP for Montréal’s Musique Risquée imprint to new heights, with more gurggling basslines, sampler tomfoolery, and down home country hooks then you can shake a stick at.

Rounding out this excerpt of "the story so far" with a surprise ending, the brothers Crackhaus have also enlisted fellow Montréalers Egg, Mike Shannon, The Mole and Vincent Lemieux to contribute their own intepretations of several of the included tracks, making "Spells Disaster" a must have collection for discerning techno and house DJs looking to inject a little humour into their crates. The comedy hit of the summer? We certainly think so…

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Spells Disaster…

Crackhaus

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Originally bursting on to the scene with their contribution to the Montréal Smoked Meat Compilation, and a much caned remix for fellow Montréal sound butcher Akufen on Force Inc Music Works in 2002, Crackhaus (Stephen Beaupre and Scott Monteith) are set to unleash another fine collection of cheeky dancefloor rockers for the Mutek_rec label just in time for this year’s festival.

Having spent the last year dazzling dancefloors in Chile, Mexico, and various points across Europe and North Amercia with their unrelenting, slapstick live performances, Spells Disaster… takes the Crackhaus formula refined on last year’s “Blame Canada” EP for Montréal’s Musique Risqée imprint to new heights, with more gurggling basslines, sampler tomfoolery, and down home country hooks then you can shake a stick at.

Rounding out this excerpt of “the story so far” with a surprise ending, the brothers Crackhaus have also enlisted fellow Montrealers Egg, Mike Shannon, The Mole and Vincent Lemieux to contribute their own intepretations of several of the included tracks, making “Spells Disaster” a must have collection for discerning techno and house DJs looking to inject a little humour into their crates. The comedy hit of the summer? We certainly think so…

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In the press

  • Phillip Sherburne, The Wire, no. 249, November 1, 2004
    Those who think minimal Techno should be dark, dour and deadly serious are advised to stay far away from Spells Disaster…
  • Fabien Deglise, Le Devoir, June 12, 2004
    Et du chaos naît l’harmonie…

Critical Beats

Phillip Sherburne, The Wire, no. 249, November 1, 2004

Those who think minimal Techno should be dark, dour and deadly serious are advised to stay far away from Spells Disaster…, Crackhaus’s second album. Even the presence of Matthew Herbert, who leads off the album by talking about his practice of sampling “accidental” sounds (the quote itself is itself sampled - ah, the irony from a press interview Herbert once gave in the Crackhaus duo’s home town of Montréal) can’t disguise the goofiness at work on Spells Disaster…. Crackhaus rhythms have always taken House music’s washing machine and propped it up at an absurd tilt, leaving each 4/4 cycle spinning with a ridiculous, lopsided swing. Here they throw a batch of bluegrass 78s into the load - hence titles like Soggy Bottom Bass and create something that could only be described as hillbilly House. Instead of Moby’s earnest anachronisms, however, Crackhaus draw from the most deliriously bent string plucks and harmonica squeals, using them as flashes of colour between their stuttering, static-laden beats.

Those who think minimal Techno should be dark, dour and deadly serious are advised to stay far away from Spells Disaster…

Critique

Fabien Deglise, Le Devoir, June 12, 2004

Et du chaos naît l’harmonie… Il y a des pans de la musique électro qui font réfléchir, d’autres qui laissent perplexe, qui font sourire ou encore qui inspirent des petits déhanchements sur le côté. Avec Spells Disaster, le duo montréalais Crackhaus — formé de Steven Beaupré et de Scott Monteith — offre tout ça à la fois. À travers des compositions ludiques qui, dans leur anarchie sonore, finissent par faire émerger étrangement des mélodies délicates. Et on s’étonne d’en redemander.

L’exercice est étonnant, même s’il puise beaucoup dans les créations d’une autre formation d’ici: Akufen. C’est que les deux magiciens de l’échantillonneur de Crackhaus aiment visiblement jouer avec des sons incongrus mis en boucle, amplifiés ou encore placés sur des rythmes saccadés pour en détourner le sens. Avec succès. Résultat? Onze créations uniques qui, si elles semblent parfois sortir d’un vinyle qui saute, explorent finalement l’univers kétaine de la musique country ou même pop, à la sauce électro. «Ce n’est pas un album, précise, en anglais sur la pochette, les deux hommes derrière ce troisième CD produit par Mutek, c’est le cliché d’une année remplie de beaucoup de rires et d’expériences inoubliables, mais aussi la célébration d’une communauté à laquelle nous sommes heureux, comme des enfants dans un magasin de bonbons, d’appartenir.»

Et la communauté le leur rend bien avec quatre pièces remixées par Mole, Mike Shannon, Egg ainsi que Flabbergast placées, au nom de l’appartenance, sur la partie inférieure de cet album. Forcément, au premier contact, l’ensemble peut donc sembler fort hermétique. Mais le sentiment s’étiole à force d’en abuser.

Et du chaos naît l’harmonie…

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