SOLIDS at the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, February 20), doors 9 pm. $10. RT, SS, TF.
Louis Guillemette isn't about to let unexpected van issues curb his enthusiasm for Solids' upcoming five-week North American tour, their longest to date.
The drummer has been "running around all fucking day," making arrangements for their vehicle. He's set on keeping the Montreal punk duo moving forward.
"We've been waiting for this tour for a long time, so I'm not really stressed about the shows," he says over the phone from Montreal. "I'm always stressed about the van being able to get us where we need to go, but the rest is just hanging out."
The band is touring their debut full-length, Blame Confusion. The record has a live-fast-die-young kind of momentum, and comparisons to Japandroids are just. Bands make their fingers bleed to get props like that, but Guillemette and guitarist Xavier Germain-Poitras just rolled with their natural chemistry.
"When we started Solids, our first goal was to not care about it too much and not have anyone tell us what to do," says Guillemette.
It's worked out so far. After forming on a whim in 2009 as a break from Expectorated Sequence (an experimental hardcore outfit), the duo gelled instantly. Guillemette admits he was surprised at their quick ascension.
"We started out just wanting to smoke weed and jam," he says, "but we were coming out of the jam space with a new song every time."
They finally released a highly praised self-titled album in 2013. And not long after, Toronto label Dine Alone came calling to re-release it as Blame Confusion.
The coming year promises extended touring for the band. They've released only 17 songs in total, but the idea of playing the same tunes each night doesn't worry them. At least not now.
"Some songs will be a bit more jammy and a bit more Krautrock," says Guillemette. "We haven't played the same set for five weeks in a row yet, though.
"So I guess I'll tell you when we get back from the tour."