Peter Ricq has made a successful career out of expressing himself both visually and verbally — he’s a frequently exhibited visual artist, an award-winning animated filmmaker, and one-half of electronic music duo, Humans.
Another one of the Montreal-born, Vancouver-based creative’s endeavours comes in the form of Gang Signs — a collaboration with local musicians Adam Fink (Girlfriends and Boyfriends) and Matea Sarenac (DJ Wobangs). The band has been making dark and dreamy dance music together since 2012 and, after two independently-released EPs, their new album Geist marks their very first label release with File Under: Music.
Dark, minimalistic, and laced with haunting harmonies and catchy hooks, Geist nicely showcases each Gang member’s strength: Fink’s precise drumming; Sarenac’s evocative keys; Ricq’s baritone vocals and nimble guitar playing. The moody instrumentation also pairs well the with album’s subject matter, much of which is based on horror movies from the 1980s like The Fly and Gremlins. Other tracks that aren’t based on cult-classics (“Tonight”) exude modern sensibilities that channel dance floors from the future. Together, it’s a heady combination that will move you into the murky depths of night.
Gang Signs is currently on a North American tour in support of their new album. They are set to perform at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver on November 5.