The Junction (04 janvier 2006)



Un Club Soda vide, ça fait une drôle d'impression. Surtout quand vous vous tenez là en sachant que, quelques heures plus tard, il sera bondé à craquer et qu'on pourra difficilement se frayer un chemin entre les gens. C'est la première chose qui m'est venue à la tête quand Dave et moi nous sommes assis en compagnie de Brent Jackson (chant + guitare), Matt Jameson (basse) et Mike Taylor (batterie) de THE JUNCTION autour d'une petite table au deuxième, face à un stage complètement nu à l'exception de quelques moniteurs.
- Cath


Quelque part dans cet entretien peuplé de conneries et autres déblatérages marrants, entre les claquements de doigts à la Ali G, les incessantes références à l'acide et autres shout outs à K-OS et au roi de Russie, on parvient tout de même à entrevoir le protrait jeune groupe qui a beaucoup de choses inspirantes à raconter. THE JUNCTION étaient de passage à Montréal pour la deuxième fois en moins d'un an. « In March we were here, we did the exact same show, it was us and BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH at Main Hall - two nights, » se rappelle Matt. En décembre derner, ils étaient de nouveau aux côtés de BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH pour une tournée qui leur a donné l'occasion de se produire partout au Canada. « THE ORDINARY BOYS were supposed to be on the tour, but something bigger came up and I guess they coulnd't do it so it ended up being just the two of us - which is good, cause the amount of success [BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH] have had in that amount of time is huge [...] They're really doing us a favor by putting us in front of this many people every night, in places that we haven't played before. You can do one show in Calgary for a thousand people and sell fifty cds of so, or you could do it three or four times by yourselves before you actually reach that many fans. So it's really made touring more efficient. »

La formation tire ses influences d'un vaste spectrum musical qui passe de BEN FOLDS FIVE à TRAVIS, RADIOHEAD à THE MARS VOLTA, THE CARDIGANS à ALOHA, en passant bien sur par JAMIROQUAI – groupe à partir duquel THE JUNCTION ont puisé l'inspiration pour leur propre nom. « It started off from a JAMIROQUAI song, Funktion, I wasn't even in the band, » raconte Matt. « The lyric is I'll meet you at the funky junction. Jackson was playing bass, Mike was on drums; Jackson later dropped the bass and started playing guitar, at which point they probably dropped the funky element as well. And then it was THE JUNCTION. » Brent renchérit: « That's what the name is to me, a meeting point with all different kinds of music and different things and everything comes together [...] it's just completely open minded, so... it's a melting pot - open minded, natural expressions. »

Le groupe a traîné son mélange musical exceptionnel outre mer à une seule occasion: lorsqu'ils se sont produit en Angleterre en 2004 dans le cadre du showcase Blame Canada organisé par Sony Music. Ce fut une expérience qui, au lieu d'être le souvenir mémorable auquel on pourrait croire, s'est avéré être une leçon de vie, en plus d'une semaine plutôt coûteuse. « After doing it all, we kind of learned a lot as far as just not diving into things as a band. You know, a lot of bands just want to go on tour, Canada's beautiful and you want to get out of your house and out of your town, try to play music every night and it's amazing, but a lot of times you gotta be efficient with what you do. And going to England for one show was not efficient at all. We would not be going back there until it would be worth going back there. We could go and tour out in the UK and reach some fans and play our asses off to those people but, in the long scheme of things, we could be doing a lot more here in Canada to take and help us over there in the UK, and not lose nearly as much money as we would flying over there, » poursuit Matt.

Le trio a été, pour un certain temps, un quatuor, mais en est revenu à sa forme originale cet été. « For us, one of our main focus is to be stepping forward all the time, always, always. » révèle Mike. « It was a really really complicated kind of hard thing to deal with » poursuit-il, en parlant du départ de Joel James leur claviériste, survenu un peu plus tôt cette année. « It was a decision that was made only because it had to be made. We were never looking to become a three-piece again, it only happened because of people losing sight and stuff like that. So yeah it was difficult, it was a breakup, just like with any relationship. We're only growing out of that, » explique Matt.

En regardant le groupe jouer son set en décembre dernier, je me rappellais les mots de Brent: « We just choose to live life with a smile, you know? We choose to take the optimistic route every day instead of the negative route, and that's why a lot of songs sound the way they do [...] There's too many songs that have negative subject matter. A lot of bands out there just fucking complain all the time and whatnot, and I think that's kind of bullshit, you don't really learn from that. I think that music that's used to its advantage can be an educator, it can help people out in situations. Instead of writing about how I'm pissed off and I'm going to go in my room and kick my pillow and shit like that – that's not really going to help anyone, or get into a situation where you can challenge the mind and write music that could give them an ultimatum and have a diffrent outlook, that if they're pissed off, that they can re-evaluate their situation and make a change. Because no matter what in your day makes you mad, the second that it happens, it's already the past. If you live for the rest of the day and for the days to come , then that's what matters because you're not living for the past, you're living for the future. Living healthy and being a healthy person, it helps if you're optimistic and happy. »

THE JUNCTION en sont présentement à enregistrer ce qui sera leur premier long jeu. L'album devrait voir le jour en mai ou juin prochain, et le groupe sera de retour dans la Belle Province aux alentours du mois d'avril.

Merci à Brent, Matt et Mike d'avoir pris le temps de discuter avec nous, ainsi qu'à J-F de Universal Records pour avoir rendue cette entrevue possible.



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