added: 8 Feb 2013 // by: Tadgh Shiels
The frontman of legendary Canadian rock band Simply Saucer, Edgar Breau, has revealed plans for a documentary and a new album of 'lo-fi rarities'.
These releases promise to be fascinating insights into the challenging musical style of the band, often described as 'proto-punk', during the mid-seventies which was influenced by the likes of The Stooges and The Velvet Underground.
'Initially when we played there was shock on the part of the audiences and a couple of times we were escorted unceremoniously from the stage,' said Breau.
'We could empty out an arena or have people forming in a conga line or have our brake lines cut after shows.'
Breau informed music-news.com that the documentary film, titled Low Profile: The Simply Saucer Story, is in production by director Gregory Bennett. The rarities album, to be released this year, will include unreleased material from the seventies.
'A fair bit of lo-fi rarities are set to be released this year in vinyl format as an EP and an LP by a Chicago label. I was a fairly prolific songwriter,' said Breau.
Simply Saucer formed in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the 1970s and, despite only releasing one single within their first incarnation, they are now regarded as one of the greatest Canadian rock bands ever. Sonic Youth, Ty Segall and The Sadies have all acknowledged them as an influence.
A collection of their recordings called Cyborgs Revisited, released in 1989 - ten years after the band split, was praised as a lost classic.
'The acclaim began immediately and just snowballed through the years,' explained Breau.
The band was largely unrecognised for its innovative and uncompromising approach to music during the 70s and Breau explained that the band 'had a devoted following, though I must say it wasn't large but fanatical'.
Read the full interview with Edgar Breau HERE!