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Victory Chimes

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After many years of playing with various Montreal rock bands (Jake Clemons – E Street Band, Melissa Auf Der Maur – Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Plants and Animals, Dear Denizen, Royal Mountain Band, Super Little (now Barr Brothers), Chris Velan, Daniel Isaiah, Courtney Wing, Spoon River, Moufette, Vox Crosby,) and various piano jobs (subway stations, grocery stores, polish restaurants, ballet schools) Jeff Louch started his own band in 2008, Victory Chimes.

After the release of 2 EPs, Victory Chimes completed their first full length record. “Spinning Wheel”, released on Nov 16, 2018, digs deep into dark synth pop and the hypnosis of electronic show-gaze. These psych-soundscape textures and long-playing experimental song structures combine with Louch’s ethereal voice and lyrical imagery and explore the themes of self discovery and authenticity. All told, the record is a unique and honest collection of songs maintaining an incomparable sound and presence throughout. “Spinning Wheel” received exceptional reviews around the world and the band spent most of 2019 touring the music around Canada performing as a quartet, as a duo and Louch on his own solo shows as well.

In 2020 Louch was awarded a scholarship to the International Songwriter’s program at the Banff Centre of the Arts as well as the Quebec Council of Arts Research and Development grant which facilitated the writing of a new Victory Chimes record. The band recorded through the fall/ winter of the Pandemic 2020-21 with Louch on keys and vocals, Tony Spina on drums, Alex Formosa on guitars and synths, Jordey Tucker on guitar, Jace Lacek (The Besnard Lakes) on guitar, Lisa Iwanyki (Blood and Glass, Creature) on vocals and James Hall (Sam Roberts Band) on bass. Engineered and mixed by Lacek and produced by Louch, Formosa and Lacek. Further down the rabbit hole of psych synth layers, sub bass drones, hypnotic hip hop drums. Inspired by the awesome solitude of the rocky mountains at the Banff Centre and then thrown directly into the forced solitude of pandemic lockdown. Lyrical colouring across the spectrum from the macabre to blissful fantasy and styles stretching from narrative to stream of consciousness to absurdity. The new record, “When the Fog Rolls In”, arrives on May 20, 2022.

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02-16-2019

Watch Victory Chimes’ “40 Days on the Bridge” video over at Keep Walking!

02-16-2019

Read Victory Chimes’ conversation with Vents Magazine!

02-16-2019

Check out Victory Chimes’ “40 Days on the Bridge” on the front page of Disarm Magazine in their video playlist!

02-16-2019

Muzic Vibez share the new LP + video from Victory Chimes – watch/listen now!

02-16-2019

GIGsoup share ‘Spinning Wheel,’ the debut album from Victory Chimes, and the band’s new “40 Days on the Bridge” video!

02-16-2019

Tinnitist feature Victory Chimes’ cinematic video from the gorgeously chiming cut “40 Days on the Bridge” as one of Three Tracks to Top Off Your Tuesday!

02-11-2019

Happy Release Day to ‘Spinning Wheel,’ the debut album from Victory Chimes – stream it via Spotify now!

01-31-2019

ALBUM PREMIERE: PureGrainAudio.com have the exclusive stream of Victory Chimes’ debut ‘Spinning Wheel’ LP!

01-29-2019

Hear great tracks by Mode Moderne, Victory Chimes and Matt Mays in Comeherefloyd’s latest 415 // Indie Fascination roundup!

11-29-2018

VIDEO PREMIERE: Watch Victory Chimes’ new visuals for “40 Days on the Bridge” via Aesthetic Magazine!

11-28-2018

Hear Victory Chimes’ “Halos” in Comeherefloyd’s 415 // Indie Fascination roundup!