Laura Sauvage shouts out Julie Doiron, Wilco and Neil Young, Feist and Beck as influences. Sauvage aka Vivianne Roy of Les Hay Babies has released her debut album, Extraordinormal on Simone Records. Off that list I would say she has has the same gentle fearlessness as her co-New Brunswicker, Julie Doiron. There's an intimacy to the songs no matter if they are small and twangy or great slabs of back field garage rock, Sauvage can swell in the same way Doiron can swell from mousey to monstrous in minutes (hear "Nothing to Something & Vice Versa"). That includes Doiron's Eric's Trip years and its those years that echo most around Savauge's record. Its the shoulders first brashness of the sonically youthful Kim Gordon, on "Rubberskin", and the lyrical slashers of Patti Smith on "Fuckers (Stole My Phone)" and the Sunday Morning Go Down of Nico on "Jesus Wants To Be My Buddy but it is also the basement looseness of White Thrash Theatre School", with the furnace clicking on and off in the background possibility. Extraordinormal sounds like Eric's Trip if they had stayed around for the past twenty years but instead it sounds like a twenty year who has been singing along with Love Tara, Love Laura.
Sauvage is touring with Aidan Knight cross-Canada. Its a measure of her attention to song atmospherics that she has also played with Patrick Watson on a couple of dates in Quebec City. She lets loose the wild at the Horseshoe Tavern Apr 14.