Meter Bridge are Richard Kleef and Jill Beaulieu of Nelson, BC, and we’ve been digging their darkwave for some time now. “Leaves of Three” is from their latest album ‘Contact High’. The video is a delightful and highly original work of animation by Jesse Stasiuk.
“Jill Beaulieu and I sat down for coffee back in May and came up with the story together,” says Stasiuk. “This is my second solo music video project and it was a wonderfully engaging learning experience. It was also incredibly challenging at certain stages so I am very grateful for Jill and Richard’s continued support and feedback during the process.”
1. What’s in a name? Is there a story behind your artist name (if not going by given name)?
Yes the story involves a friend that was over at our house. He noticed that the meter bridge on our mixing board was not working. He said “hey your meter bridge isn’t working”. And Richard said “well that’s a great name for a band”.
2. Where are you from, and/or where are you currently located?
We live in Nelson BC halfway between Calgary Alberta and Vancouver British Columbia. Jill was raised in Ymir, a tiny community near the city of Nelson, Richard’s hometown.
Unless you’ve been spending a few months dead you’ll be very aware of the return this year of Meter Bridge, the bouncy duo from the vastlands of Nelson, Canada. Jill and Richard have spent a good amount of time and energy creating their second full length release, and after a few false starts it landed on Earth at the end of September. And finger on the pulse as always, I’m only just getting to it now. Such is life in 2017. Everyone is busier somehow now, and there’s a lot of vitriol being spat across the net since Mr Trump strolled onto the scene. Music feels like it’s somehow taking a back seat to this guy, rightly or wrongly. However, if you’re here, reading this, then you’ve taken time out from it all, and you’ve landed yourself on the shores of a divine album. You’ll enjoy your stay. (more…)
An emotional, lyrically expressive collection revealing
themes of love, loss, critical thought process, mediocre life and
provocation. Musically modern and edgy while awakening memories of
We locked ourselves away for a winter and came up with the pieces for this album. We had technical support from Gravityslip of Manchester UK. Once we sent it out for feedback, Mind Veneration of Virginia, US offered to help with production. RSO of Nelson BC created the artwork cleverly representing our concept idea. We are very appreciative of all our supporters’ expertise.
music and lyrics written by Meter Bridge
produced + engineered by Mark LaFountain / Mind Veneration Music e-con records
from Contact High, released September 29, 2017
Electro London 2016: Wolfgang Flür/Promenade Cinema/The Department/Johnny Normal/Circuit 3/Vogon Poetry/Meter Bridge/Shiny Darkness/3D/Neil Francis/Strobegirl
Zigfrid von Underbelly, London – 10 September 2016
Black Marine and Meter Bridge will, on June 1st announce their first EP Elegant Culture. A beautiful collaboration has resulted with a wonderful song with lead vocal by Jill Beaulieu from Meter Bridge.
Black Marine (SRB/AT)
Meter Bridge (CAN)
Voice: Jill Beaulieu
Guitar and music: Richard Kleef
Lyrics by Meter Bridge (Jill & Richard)
Piano music: Black Marine (Marina Vesic)
Produced by Meter Bridge
from Elegant Culture, released June 21st, 2016
Jill Beaulieu and Richard Kleef of Meter Bridge locked eyes as they sang the refrain from Kite. Years of perseverance and passion flowed through that look—an encapsulation of the work they put in leading to their debut live performance at the Royal in Nelson, BC.
Written By: Mosang Miles
Mosang Miles has his finger on the beat, both locally and beyond. He hosts ‘The Thread’ radio show on on Kootenay Coop Radio kootenaycoopradio.com
On the trail of their recent single ‘It Was Nothing’, Canadian synthwave duo Meter Bridge have announced they will be releasing their latest maxi-single ‘Filter / Kite’ through WEATNU Records. It includes three tracks – ‘Filter’, ‘Kite’ and a Mind Veneration Remix by Mark LaFountain. The two original tracks for this new single feature catchy and crystal clear production with particular attention to the vocals. LaFountain’s output is a wicked club mix with a heavy groove, while the original version of ‘Kite’ features modular synthesis over a minor chord progression, unique quarter time percussion and staccato rhythm.
As far as independent labels go, WEATNU Records has spread its tentacles far and wide, not only in terms of its geographical coverage, but also in regards to the genres its artists cover – from indie, dreampop and electronica to synthpop, ambient, experimental, downtempo and electro. The latest release to be announced by the label, from Canada’s synthwave electro duo Meter Bridge, set to drop on May 6.
Rodney Cromwell has remixed Meter Bridge’s post punk industrial track ‘It Was Nothing’ and added his lively electro-dance analogue synth feels.
from ‘It was Nothing’ Rodney Cromwell Remix, released December 6, 2015
RODNEY CROMWELL (Adam Cresswell)
Remix productiion (Adam Cresswell and Dom Cresswell)
METER BRIDGE (Richard Kleef and Jill Beaulieu)
Mastering Mark Lafountain
This full length album is a natural conclusion to our eponymous EP. Dark rich vocals, full of variation, some heavy themes over predominantly light and trippy synthpop that has real weight when the track channels all kick in together.