In 2019, the Boulay sisters announced Death of the Stars, a forerunner title as the world would give them, in the coming months, other reasons to despair. After a long pause during which they considered giving up their careers, Stéphanie and Mélanie reconnect with the music by turning their gaze towards Lights in the sky.
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He had to stop. When it was time to discontinue all the remaining shows on their calendar, in September 2020, Mélanie Boulay was very, very pregnant with her second son and Stephanie, incapacitated at all. “There were times when I was lying on the ground and my boyfriend had to help me get up,” she recalls. I was touched to a level where just thinking about leaving the house to get a guitar in my hands hurt my heart. I was not able to continue physically. »
In the sun of a scorching fountain, passing through the restaurant window, the Boulay sisters now wear serene smiles. With the new song they reveal today, Lights in the skythe songwriters are presented with stunning and brilliant outfits of pop and synthetic sounds, which contrast with the irresistible popular bric-a-brac of their beginnings.
And yet, beyond this gentle transfiguration, the Boulay sisters are stronger than they are, they remain melodic and poetic, when the Boulay sisters sing like a mantra: “How much is life worth, how much is life worth?”
Death of the Stars, it was disappointment, it was heck, there is no hope. But one day, I said to myself: if you keep making music, girl, you will have to find light somewhere. I have achieved this in my life: I no longer want to be fatalistic.
continue to exist
“If you keep making music, girl. Stéphanie’s fun formula is not an exaggeration. To the overcrowded observation that was burning Death of the Starschronicle of a current world at a loss, added to the summer of 2020 a wave of denunciations of sexual misconduct after which the head of their record company, Eli Bissonnette, resigned.
Release from their contract with Grosse Boîte – their new album, scheduled for fall, to be released by Simone Records – was only possible at the cost of necessarily painful legal proceedings. Stéphanie had to negotiate at the same time with the consequences of the confessions on social networks of her ex-boyfriend, who admitted that he had “abusive behavior” towards her. A painful event that she would have preferred not to make public.
“I do not know if people understand how difficult it was. We were very disgusted with the environment, to the point that I said to myself: at worst, I will continue to make music only for myself, not in the industry. We no longer knew who to trust, “says Mélanie, who is saddened in the same vein by the” reaction “experienced by some of the whistleblowers and their allies, against whom many industry representatives would have turned. Not to mention “all these people who are still there, who have not been denounced and with whom we will still have to rub”.
But after receiving this dizzying disappointment with the environment to which they belong for 10 years, the Boulay sisters will be quietly reconnected to the essential: music.
Every time I became a mother, I wanted to take a step back from my career because I find it hard to do both. Then quietly, she turns to kidnap me: I can not just be a mother. I have to create things outside of my family life. I need to exist, and that’s what music does. It makes you exist so much.
Avoid the dark
Although they have now embarked on another journey at the wheel of Ferris wheel, Mélanie and Stéphanie Boulay today are inhabited by the keen awareness that they must set their own boundaries. Each of their tours, one or the other or both, ended in burnout.
“There is so little room, you feel so grateful when you finally get the attention that you feel like you can not turn down any opportunity, or you will lose your place.” It’s the logic of capitalism: if you do not want to make sacrifices, someone else will be willing to make them. “Record companies have a lot to gain by printing as much as possible,” said Mélanie. ” first.
“Being in public creates an awareness that women have a harder time coping with, because you are always being compared to the beautiful, the thin, the articulate, the strong, but who do not come out, which are sexy, but not much. And the pressure to stay humble! “I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed, but at the same time not to change, to always be nice and polite”, explains Stéphanie.
Love still exists
It’s on their way to Everyone talks about it, in March 2020, this returns to the genesis of this fourth album scheduled for fall. Taxed for depression and despair on social media, the Boulay sisters will have received confirmation of what they already suspected – “What is expected of public figures is fun, laughter, savagery”, according to Stéphanie – but will also be engaged in several introspection sessions.
What does it mean to me that people look at me in despair? And if there is any truth in this, how can I look more positive? What do I have to say if I stop constantly dipping my face into my shit?
Mélanie continues and the interview already resembles a sister conversation in which the journalist would attend almost casually. “I also had this thought: why, even if I am happy, everything that comes out of my mouth that I have noticed is not beautiful? Why do not I make the choice to dwell more on beauty? »
Stop being beautiful. This is what they are both committed to, recording new music with new director Connor Seidel, as well as investing in other projects: studies in osteopathy for Mélanie and amateur beekeeping for Stephanie. How much is life worth, how much is life worth? Many, we will understand.
“Why do we collectively bring children into the world, even though we know it is the end of humanity? “Launch the latter before answering her question. “Because love is more important than anything. »