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La Majeure 1987
Does Everyone Stare Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Doughboys were one of those bands that I'd heard of, but never heard. I was too far removed in distance and time, to ever hear them, and never actively sought them out. For some reason, I thought they were crusty kind of punk, with vague 1977 appeal. Well finally, this EP dispels the myths, and leaves me with a clearer picture of a band from Montreal.

Doughboys formed in the late 1980's and disbanded almost 10 years later. They started out small and eventually were picked up by a major label, sometime later they broke up. Those are the facts and this EP is a documentation of their first ever demo session in 1986-1987. Three songs on this CD (I believe this is also available as a 7") are mid tempo rock/punk/ indie/skate punk.

The opener, "The Forecast" is a lo-fi rock song, with a call and response chorus. Instantly I am reminded of groups like Husker Du and Crimpshrine. As the songs continue, I find it more and more astonishing that no Doughboys material ever came out on the Lookout! Records label. As far as the label's early material is concerned La Majeure 1987 would have been an excellent fit.

The recording quality is about as good as could be expected given the circumstances- an unsigned underground rock groups demo sessions in the 1980's- which is to say the quality is not quite good. But somehow it does fit with Doughboys raw energy and enthusiasm.

If La Majeure 1987 is any indication, the Doughboys may have influenced a great deal of bands and not received proper credit. They play a similar style to many groups today, but these guys were doing it back in 1987. If this is only the 1st demo, and the band already plays tight and energetic, it is even more reason why Doughboys should get the recognition they deserve.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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