The Band

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Mentana draws its influences from folk and Americana. Reviews also used the term "cinematic folk". Swerving from a Johnny Cash-style train beat to the piano's nostalgia, from sensitive harmonies to the unshakable echoes of First-Nation rhythms, Mentana ropes its audience right into the heart of its topsy-turvy trip.

In 2012, the band caught the ear of the general public with the movie soundtrack for Camion by Quebec director Rafaël Ouellet. Their song "Islands and Rupees" was used for the closing credits, and was noticed far and wide. Born and raised on the coast of New-Brunswick, singer-songwriter Robin-Joël Cool and his sweetheart pianist and singer from the Gaspésie shores, Viviane Audet, wrote the film's original soundtrack, winning that year's Jutra for best original music. The folk quintet is rounded out by musicians Jonathan Fournier, Pablo Seib and Yannick Parent. Together, they have brought Mentana's songs to stages across Quebec and New Brunswick.

In 2014, Mentana launched their first auto-produced EP, Western Soil, at the Emerging Music Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, to rave reviews and reactions from critics and fans. Two new Mentana songs has been featured in Ouellet's latest film, Gurov and Anna, including "Devil on the Corner," the movie's theme song. On the summer of 2015, ZDF, the general television of Germany, who was shooting a documentary about Canada, followed the band has they performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival. When the documentary was broadcasted, the EP Western Soil became one of the top folk sellers on iTunes Germany for three weeks in January 2016. At the end of 2015, the band signed their first record deal with Ste-4 Musique, a division of Musicor, giving the band the opportunity to finally record their first full-length album. The band debut album was entirely recorded in Montreal at Mixart Studio and coproduced with Leon Louder. "Inland Desire" is available in stores (in Canada only) and on iTunes since March 11, 2016.

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Addicted magazine – September 19, 2014

"Their gravelly folk sound evoked images of frontier life and the working man's struggle from another time, that still remains universally understandable."

– Nadia Elkharadly

Le Devoir – 10 septembre 2014

« Le quintette montréalais part à la rencontre de l'autre avec son folk cinématographique. »

– Émilie Parent-Bouchard

Journal Métro – 11 septembre 2014

« Très évocatrices et fortement ancrées dans le folk et l'americana, les chansons pourraient être la trame sonore d'une ruée vers l'or. On en veut encore plus! »

– Jessica Émond-Ferrat

Ma mère était hipster – 3 octobre 2014

« Comme ça arrive parfois dans le genre folk, on a l'impression que la voix de Robin-Joël existe depuis la nuit des temps et qu'elle est apparue sur terre dans un seul et unique but : nous donner le goût de partir à la découverte des chemins rocailleux de notre passé. »

– Marie-Eve Brassard

Le coup de pouce – 31 août 2014

« Ce bijou folk est une invitation à se balader sur les chemins de terre poussiéreux pendant les beaux jours de l'automne. »

– Élise Jetté

L'Acadie Nouvelle – 24 juillet 2013

« Mentana charme le public de Moncton. »

– Sylvie Mousseau


Members of


Guitar & vocals: Robin-Joël Cool
Wurlitzer, piano, banjo uke & vocals: Viviane Audet
Electric guitar, slide, charango & banjo uke: Jo Fournier
Double bass & Electric bass: Pablo Seib
Drums & vietnamese toms: Yannick Parent