Edgar Breau

Posted by Christopher Rudder

Edgar Breau is a singer/songwriter hailing from Hamilton Ontario, Canada. His first experience in the recording studio was with Dan and Bob Lanois in 1974 at the basement studio called Master Sound Studios in Ancaster Ontario where the two brothers lived with their mother. At the time Edgar was the singer, lead guitar player and principal writer in the futuristic punk/psyche band Simply Saucer. Founded in 1973, Simply Saucer was playing what could only be described as groundbreaking rock and roll music. Influenced by artists like the Velvet Underground, Syd Barrett, the Stooges and British prog bands like Soft Machine and Hawkwind, Simply Saucer were perhaps the first Canadian band to perform what would later come to be called proto punk music, joining rock pioneering artists like The Modern Lovers, Television and Patti Smith.

 

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"Patches Of Blue" by: Edgar Breau

The six demos recorded at Master Sound were in a style of music ahead of its time and the major record labels in the country declined to sign the band to a recording contract. It would only be much later that they would see the light of day. In 1989 “Cyborgs Revisited” was independently and belatedly released as a limited edition vinyl recording. It included the original 6 tracks along with a now legendary live show recorded atop Hamilton's then new Jackson Square Mall. Critical acclaim followed and continues to grow, culminating in a prominent place in CBC journalist Bob Mersereau's “The Top One Hundred Canadian Albums”. Finishing #36 was a staggering achievement for a band that never had a commercial release of their music at the time they were together. UNCUT magazine in it's recent Iggy and the Stooges issue called Edgar a 'prophetic punk visionary', including Simply Saucer's Here Come the Cyborgs track on the compilation disc along with other proto punk bands like the New York Dolls and the MC5.

 

CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and Rogue Magazine’s Hearing Aid . How Are You? 

 

Edgar Breau: I'm feeling great Christopher, thank you so much for the interesting interview, it's been a real pleasure!

 

CR:...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.

 

Edgar Breau: The Breau side of my family are French Acadian and my ancestors were early settlers of the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia going back to the 1700's. Later on after what is known as The Dispersal when the English deported my people, many of them ended up in Louisiana. Some worked as North America's first cowboys herding cattle into  New Orleans.

 

CR: As an artist, the musical journey is a long (trust me I know) and can not be done by oneself. Who are some of the people in your life who have supported you and continue to support you through you musical career.

 

CR: So...At what point in your life did you know