Heroes & Villains have always had one bottom line: to create the perfect popular rock n’ roll song.
Composed of guitar slinger/songwriter C. Pierre Megarbane, baritone vocalist Raphael Parent, bassman Jeremy Proville and drum master Dominique Salameh, the Montreal- based quartet of Heroes &Villains have been stirring hearts and minds for three solid years and two stellar debut albums.
The 2005 EP, All the Giants are Buried at Sea introduced us to the melodic delights of C. Pierre Megarbane’s glassy guitar driven Fender-benders, exposing timeless classics “ESA-2000”, potential singles like “Loveline” and tributes like the majestic “Ruby Keeler”. Recorded at the landmark Hotel2Tango in Montreal’s Mile-End district, site of the recording of the first Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade albums, the EP’s construction with mad scientist Howard Bilerman was an epic experience for the good natured boys.
Heroes & Villains are a band that never shied away from the artists’ life of grueling work in exchange for small but accumulating rewards. Starting from the smallest of shows for friends they gradually emerged onto the highly competitive circuit that is the Montreal independent music scene, and it certainly can be said that they presently float near the top of the heap.
After numerous winter shows spanning clubs and festivals, songs from the EP began to take a path of their own. Many ventured into the Top 50 Canada College Radio Charts from August to November in 2005 . The catchy “Firstname.lastname” somehow found its way down under to New Zealand radio. Crowd motivator “Drink” was recently caught being played in a Mont-Royal S.A.Q cellar. Meanwhile, the Heroes would be invited to record two live radio sessions at Concordia University’s radio, ranked number 1 in the country. BBC host Steve Lamacq would feature H&V on the “Montreal Exposed” documentary while late-afternoon TV features on the Vox Channel featured the band’s work. McGill University and local publications covered the group numerous times, while the blogs began their praise.
With well established recognition on the Montreal rock scene, and spurred by an burgeoning international fan base both on and off-line, the band’s self-managed, self-financed & self-chauffeured tour of Ontario and Quebec during the summer of 2006 brought the new generation of Heroes & Villains songs to fresh ears.
The tour would hone the band’s live skills, tightening each section into a veritable rock machine able to reproduce shows blowing full steam night after night, regardless of the turnout at venues. It would be also an opportunity to befriend other indie outfits hailing from various Canadian locales, all praising Heroes & Villains shows as “must-see band”.
That year would also see the licensing of the song 'Loveline' for use in the video game Splinter Cell 4: Double Agent by Ubisoft.
Heroes & Villains would soon build on their successes from the EP and begin work on their next albums.