Based in the heart of Quebec City, the band is inspired daily by the rich and storied world around them. Their sound melds powerful and evocative vocals with pulsating rock and a lashing of deep soulful grooves. Whisky Legs also finds inspiration in the work of many artists from the 60’s and 70‘s as well as modern acts such as Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Amy Winehouse, Gary Clark Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band, to name just a few.
Fronted by Maude Brochu, Lys Blues nominated 'Female Artist of the Year,' Whisky Legs was named Quebec Blues 2015 'Discovery of the Year’ and also won second place at the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search during the same year. Touring all over Quebec but also in the Maritimes and Ontario, their journey have included performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Festival d’Été de Québec and the Tremblant Blues Festival.
Their independent EP, “Have A Shot,” released June 2014, sold almost 1500 copies in less than a year. Produced by the band itself and released September 2015, their first full length album, Basement Confessions, has now been distributed in more than 2000 copies.
After hearing Basement Confessions, Jeff Denis, Film Director, offered the band to create the whole official soundtrack of his first full length movie, "Napoléon en Apparte". Whisky Legs humbly accepted this honour and proudly jumped on the occasion! This exciting project is now being completed and will be released before the end of 2017.
QUOTES & REVIEWS
« The only Whisky you can have with no moderation ! »
« Whisky Legs are phenomenal and Basement Confessions feels like the kind of record that could tear up the Juno or Grammy awards if it had the chance.
... a remarkably astounding collection of thirteen tracks that are written and performed with obvious passion and talent. Drawing inspiration from Susan Tedeschi and the Black Keys among others, this is blues-rock of the finest degree, combining a number of intense vocal performances with pounding rhythms and dynamic guitar work. »
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)
Heath Andrews, Review You
« This is a world-class outfit.
Whisky Legs, centered on an incredible singer named Maude Brochu, the endlessly inventive drummer/guitarist Pascal Denis, and the versatile guitarist Guillaume Méthot, are worth every accolade they've received -- and they deserve to find an audience outside their eastern Canada home base. ... their influences are myriad, their sound contemporary, and their overall feel suggestive of an act that aims to attract as many people as possible.
.. it's hard to imagine anyone not liking Basement Confessions.
Chief among its charms is the voice of frontwoman Maude Brochu, who's able to rotate styles with the grace of an actress playing multiple roles: She can get rough and rowdy with the best of them, or play tender and troubled when the song calls for it.
The grooves are tight, and the drums, in particular, are recorded with an ear toward originality, a production style that makes the title track positively glow with rhythmic texture and delivers a wry, Tom Waits-like swagger to "King Street." The arrangements are richly varied so that no two songs on Basement Confessions sound alike, yet the album retains a cohesive quality that ensures you're always focused on the individual character that makes Whisky Legs distinctive.
Above all else, Whisky Legs' music is joyous, crowd-pleasing and just plain fun. »
Rating: 5 stars
Ken Bays, Review You
« Basement Confessions by Whisky Legs is a diverse, extremely well written and executed, Blues/soul album that is steeped in tradition, but brings a totally new take on the genre. The musicianship is stellar ... well written, thought out and played. I have seen and heard the future of the blues, and Whisky Legs is it.
This Thing - ... the best of the vocalists in the genre ... definitely not copying anyone.
So Far Away - ... a Neo Soul tour de force. This tune really defines the Whisky Legs sound, totally consistent with the rest of the album. Love the way Dr. Echo works his medicinal magic here!
Carry On - ... pays tribute to the traditional but again, bringing us into the millenium with the freshness.
Too Late - beautiful hooks, just well written and full of self reflection, and musical dynamics. »
« Merging the sounds of delta blues with the soul of Amy Winehouse along with some heavy guitar playing in the vein of Gary Clark Jr, these three young performers have a sound that is vintage but still relevant for the millennial generation. »
Ben Massicotte, Bucketlist Music Reviews
« ... There is no denying how much soul/funk energy Whisky Legs brings to the table. And the fact that Basement Confessions has one foot in rock and the other in soul and funk is a big part of its appeal.
Brochu is perfect for this type of material. With a vocal style that is bluesy, edgy and full of grit, she fits right in. There is no shortage of blues feeling in Brochu’s passionate vocals. None of the songs on this September 2015 release are blues or blues-rock per se, and none of them adhere to the traditional 12-bar blues format. But the feeling and emotion of the blues is evident. Brochu’s roots run deep. And even though she obviously has a lot of old-school soul and rock influences, listeners will likely make some modern comparisons as well (including Joss Stone, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and the late Amy Winehouse). »
Alex Henderson, Review You
« Whisky Legs - Pushing back the boundaries of the Blues ... A unique approach which makes them not just another blues band. »
Éric Martin, Journal Le Nord-Côtier
« Listeners who stumble upon Quebec-based band Whisky Legs’ debut EP, Have A Shot, will have more than a few good things to say about this release. Smooth, sensuous vocals, killer musicianship, and lots of fun will no doubt be among the high notes praised here. But, unfortunately for listeners worldwide, there’s one glaring flaw in this debut and that is that it’s only four songs long, leaving listeners on the edge of their seat for more.
Have A Shot is a quick four-beat of fun and flavour, the band showcasing multiple elements throughout each track that show their diversity and their talent along the way.
... Brochu’s amazing vocals, rich and smoky ...
Whisky Legs Have A Shot is more than just a promising debut from an up and coming band. Rather, it’s a shout to listeners everywhere that there’s a new game in town and it is taking place here and now. This powerful quartet is poised to make a big splash and if the Fates will have it, we’ll be hearing a lot more from Whisky Legs in the very near future. »
Andrew Greenhalgh, Review You