In January 2022, Acadiana band aubin pi la scb of Iqaluit, Nunavut, released their first studio album, yousque l’hell. It was produced and engineered by Rémi Arsenault.
All 12 original songs are sung in Island Acadian French and cover a wide range of styles such as rockabilly, new grass, blues, and psychedelic. The band includes Riel Gallant (Iqaluit, NU; vocals/acoustic guitar), Dave White (St John’s NL, originally Iqaluit; bass), and PEI musicians Shane Arsenault (drums), Robbie Gallant (guitar), and Rémi Arsenault (guitar/multiple other instruments). The album also features fiddler Keelin Wedge, accordion and harmonies by Caroline Bernard, and backup vocals by Adrienne Gallant. Mastering was done by Don Chapman at DC Prods.
Originally from Wellington, PEI, Riel Gallant has been writing and playing music in Iqaluit since 2013. In the summer of 2020, alongside co-founder and co-writer Dave White, numerous demo songs were recorded in the ”seacan” (shipping container pictured on the album cover) and the newly formed band played a few live sets in town. Later in the fall of 2021, the duo met up with producer and engineer Rémi Arsenault at the Rec Room studio in Abrams Village, PEI, to capture an off-the-floor recording session with Shane Arsenault keeping time on drums.
yousque l’hell is available online (Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube) and on a limited run of CDs.