The Rising few are an eclectic Montreal bar band with a Springsteen-inflected sound of R&B-based rock-and-roll lead by Cairo born illustrator Karim Terouz.
Terouz’s powerful voice commands the crowd’s attention with it’s Tom Waits rasp and David Bowie waver.
A wave of infectious, thrilling good feelings comes through the band’s music as they deliver a heart wrenching, fully emotional rock show while trading solos that feel like good friends having a jam session.
‘’We’re all really recent immigrants here” sais Karim as he describes his crew as a band of young men from scattered points (Armenia, Russia, Brazil, Haiti, Paris, Cairo and Quebec) that seem to converge in their shared love for melodically constructed storytelling.
At the age of 25, Terouz made the ballsy decision to leave his hometown of Cairo and brace the Canadian winters to pursue a peaceful artistic life in Montreal.
In 2012, he turned to his true passion of songwriting and started religiously frequenting every open mic night in town, meeting musicians and working on his craft.That’s when he came to meet session guitarist Hubert Tremblay and the rest of the band members Harvey Bienaimée (drums), Andrew Sudlow (bass) and Isaac Gesse (trumpet) joined to complete the group.
In 2013, after landing a monthly residency gig at the distinguished Le Piano Rouge, the band beat out 200+ others for top honours and a first place win at the LME showcase competition (http://www.landmarkevents.net).
The prizes boosted them to unveil their first album Sinners on St-Laurent in march 2014, produced by the great Glen Robinson whose mixing and mastering credits have been involved in projects with Dave Grohl’s Probot, The Ramones, The Steve Miller Band, David Bowie, AC/DC, Keith Richards, The Tea Party, Ringo Starr, The Beach Boys and many more over the course of his career.
The Album and Karim’s story captured the attention of The Gazette (Publication),CBC radio and Musique Plus (TV).
”The Rising Few’s eclectic debut captures Plateau vibe” – The Gazette
Sinners on St-Laurent is a lyrical testament to emancipation, it’s the new guy in town, the immigrant re-discovering sultriness through the nightlife of Montreal.
In 2015, the Band released their taunting new single ”Big Boy Games”, a high-energy, bouncy rant song that takes The Few into a complete left turn from their folky, acoustic beginning to make their sound a more raunchy, stadium worthy rock spectacle.
They opened for Breen Leboeuf (Offenbach), Brian Greenway, Jerry Mercer and Gary Moffet (April Wine) on December 12th, 2015.
‘’Judging by the way this crowd reacted, they have a bright future of shows ahead of them. People got up and danced their faces off, elated by the positivity and effervescence emitted from the stage.’’ -Bucketlist Music Review.
Their smooth and subtle FACTOR-funded single ‘’Try Try Again’’ was released in 2016 and was debuted live at The Folk Fest on the Canal (Montreal).They later started to hit the Canadian festival scene with Canadian Music Week in Toronto and Pop Montreal.
‘’Closing act The Rising Few might have been the standout of an already-varied lineup’’ – Dan Corber, MTL ROCKS (POP MONTREAL showcase review)
The group remains with it’s original formation except for Hubert Tremblay who came to be replaced by André Galamba on lead guitar and Antoine Loiselle on rhythm.
The addition of Anton K. on Violin and Erik Manucharyan on alto and tenor sax only brought the the band’s soulful and energetic intensity to a whole new level.
An Ep entitled ‘’Adult Entertainment’, combining the 2 previously released singles new material set for release in April 2017 at Canadian Music Week.
An tour in Egypt, is also in the works, where The Rising Few’s songs are regularly rotated on the number one music radio station 104.2 Nile Fm.