Marchildon! is the solo side project of Purple Hill main man, Owen Marchildon. With this solo venture, Marchildon! closely weaves elements of Dream Pop and Twang - sounds reminiscent of playful images remembered faintly upon wakening. Whether or not this is the appropriate characterization of the music remains to the ear of the beholder. What does come through though, is the quaint and often quizzical sense of humour that embodies the lyrics, compositions, and subject matter of what is Marchildon!.
Rawkus Magazine- Album Review
Marchildon! Bares His Perverted Soul Night Screamer
February 14, 2017
Owen Marchildon is a pervert. At least that’s what he proclaims on multiple tracks from his second solo record for Purple Hill Records as Marchildon! (Yes, he uses excessive punctuation in his moniker to differentiate projects.) That statement goes far beyond self-deprecating if perversion is taken as a negative or conflated with sexual deviance here, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for the Ontario, Canada folk-punk weirdo.
Night Screamer is more a perversion of the tropes and genre conventions of folk music than a declaration of sexual appetite. Stylistically Marchildon hits the major identifiers of the genre—acoustic guitars, sunny melodies, raw and honest lyrics, a Dylan/Springsteen-esque breathy rasp, and songs that sound like they have a narrative structure. However, upon closer inspection, Marchildon subverts, or rather perverts, those markers on nearly every song from the album.
The balance between old and new, normative and perverse, expected and unexpected, is what allows Marchildon to move beyond the “folk-artist” label and earn his punk cred. Folk-punk is typically thought of as three- or four-chord progressions played loud and fast on an acoustic guitar. But punk is so much more than fast and loud, and so is Owen Marchildon. If we strip the term punk of all aesthetic identifiers, all the way down to its core, what’s left is rebellion—another form of perversion.
In general, the songs on Night Screamer are closer to personal ruminations than story-driven folk songs (in the traditional sense). “Romantic G.I. Joe” gets the closest to classic folk narrative, and it’s welcome. What the audience receives is a character-driven tale of how “Romantic G.I. Joe” acquired his nickname: “Well there he goes a walking he blows a French horn as he walks down the street / he's a little insecure about his notes but in the end he don't care cause he knows what he needs.” Marchildon goes on to describe the titular character as wearing “vintage camo” and carrying a “sketch pad.” He’s “armed with art”—a perversion of the “real American hero.”
“The Sunshine Makes Me Feel (Perverted Inside)” is a lust letter to the sunnier months. There is a real sense of longing for the sun’s warmth when Marchildon sings “how long has it been since I've seen skin.” His perversion is the sexual awakening aroused by the sun’s rays. It’s a rather hippie-ish affair filled with sun-drenched, jangling guitars and oo-woo-oo-oo crooning. It sounds like the perfect song to conjure spring after the long Ontario winter.
The balance between old and new, normative and perverse, expected and unexpected, is what allows Marchildon to move beyond the “folk-artist” label and earn his punk cred.
Marchildon’s perversion includes sexuality if taken strictly at the surface level of his lyrics. The audience is never truly given specifics as to the extent of his perversion, only declarations, suggestions, and double entendres. On “I Wanna Ride Awhile (and Forget Who I Am)” he sings, “so give me your hand I'll be your perverted friend,”“Oh do you know if you use your left hand it feels / oh baby your left hand it feels / your left hand it feels just like someone else,” and “she says give me a taste of your perverted mind.”
Even the track list exists as a perversion of expectations. The first track contains two full songs (“Hangover Helper/You’ll Get It Baby”), listed with separate titles. Their lyrical contents and themes don’t align. The tempo of each is wildly different. The two tracks are even separated by a thick slice of droning white noise, cleaving the songs apart from one another. As far as can be ascertained there is no reason for these two distinct songs to occupy the same track.
Overall, Night Screamer is an unexpected delight that asks listeners to not only accept its weirdness, or perversion rather, but to revel in it and even normalize it. While the lyrics could certainly be improved (show me that perversion!), this is a strong outing from a young but experienced troubadour.
CONFRONT MAGAZINE - VIDEO PREMIERE
April 5, 2016
So, it’s April and yet somehow still winter here in Toronto, so over at CONFRONT, we’re really excited to bring you a song (and video) about sunshine!
So, what do we have today? The debut single from Marchildon!, called “The Sunshine Makes Me Feel (Perverted Inside)”. Marchildon! is the moniker of Owen Marchildon, who you might remember from the vastly and almost criminally underrated From Fiction, and a profilic songwriter and recording artist in his own right.
His latest project, called Marchildon!, will see him releasing a full-length album called Night Screamer later this month. To celebrate the occasion, let’s take a look at this country-tinged rock and roll track with the incredibly catchy vocal hook! Oh, and the video – from the hot dog costume to the completely awesome dance moves, it’s probably the best take on the winter blahs that you will ever see. It’ll almost make you want to find your winter jacket and go dance on top of your nearest snowbank. Almost.
April 24, 2016
By David A. Levy
This is feel good music. There's not too much else to say about the latest single from Marchildon!, the latest musical project from Owen Marchildon. It's cute, funny, and catchy as hell. It's even better with the absurd video, which features Marchildon himself jumping around in the snow, sometimes in a hot dog costume. "The Sunshine Makes Me Feel (Perverted Inside)" falls into the comical-yet-sentimental category of folk rock, with Marchildon playing the part of the madcap songsmith. Still, the song has its beautiful moments, like the instrumental bridge and the pretty falsettos after the chorus. Definitely worth a watch and listen. The full album, Night Screamer, is out on April 29.
April 28, 2016
By Kane Wilkinson
Owen Marchildon a.k.a Purple Hill a.k.a Marchildon! a.k.a From Fiction….
Regardless of which name you choose, Toronto singer-songwriter Owen Marchildon has dabbled in as many genres as he has monikers: punk, math-rock, and psychedelic Americana to name a few.
Since recently shifting his focus from math-rock group From Fiction to his solo effort under his last name, Marchildon! (pronounced MARCH-IL-DON!!) is set to release his new full-length Night Screamer tomorrow and Dusty Organ has the exclusive album premiere.
His off-cantered personality comes through on the seven track effort with playful combinations of country, folk, and psychedelic bedroom rock. Marchildon! explains his shift in direction:
“I made a conscious choice when releasing music under contrasting monikers, and the disparity between these projects is simple. It allows me to explore different compositional dynamics and lyrical avenues. While Purple Hill has been described as Punk Inspired Americana, the approach which is Marchildon! is one that outlines a country tinge that is both jangly and velvet inspired.”
His relatable storytelling and expression come through on tracks like “Hangover Helper”, and the frisky-springtime lead single “The Sunshine Makes Me Feel Perverted”, showcasing his colourful demeanour.
Jordan Bruce: drums, percussion
Brent Hough: guitar, keyboards
Owen Marchildon!: guitars, bass, vocals
Paul Shepherd: drums, guitar, keyboards
Recorded and Mixed by Brent Hough
Produced by Marchildon! and Brent Hough
Mastered by Gavin Gardiner
Photographs taken by Jason Lormand
Album design by Kaitlin Marchildon!
All songs written by Owen Marchildon!