I always listen to Alvvays. Since stumbling across their soundcloud around a year ago, they have always been that perfect band for when my hands are so cold at the tram stop that I can’t be bothered scrolling any further past the ‘A’ section of the alphabet in my iPod. It’s a lazy life, but that’s not to say that Alvvays are a lazy band.
Love pronouncing things in an oldschool vampire voice? Alvvays are the band for you!
Both band members and childhood pals, Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan began playing music with Alec O’Hanley while in high school and since 2012, the Toronto based five-some have perfectly defined dreamy. The band itself has unwittingly charmed hearts universally, and with such little effort, so it seems.
Lead singer Molly is like the 21st century Blondie, but ten times cooler* and ten times more nonchalant about it. Alvvays are the masters of lyric curating, ‘You’ve expressed explicitly your contempt for matrimony / You’ve student loans to pay and will not risk the alimony’, need I say more.
Something about this band oozes 90’s nostalgia and I can’t get enough of it. The guitar riffs are perfectly rounded and when coupled with lyrics like those above that are slowly pronounced and an extra side of indie-jangle, it’s really quite empowering, in the subtlest way music can be.
Alvvays are revolutionary guitar-pop and it’s so exciting because they really seem so casual about what they do, and just how well their sound works in the 2014 indie-pop scene. Here’s to bands that aren’t self-infatuated. Alvvays clearly demonstrate this in their single Archie, Marry Me which features on their nine-track, self-titled debut album released earlier this July.
After touring with the likes of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Peter, Bjorn and John, Alvvays signed to Transgressive (Record company to Two Door Cinema Club, Foals and The Antlers) and excitedly announced a tour with local band Real Estate throughout October. If you need anymore convincing that this band is wonderful, they dress even better than you imagine while listening to Adult Diversion and fit the expected assumption of rather attractive band comrades.
*90% of that is because of that jet black Mustang. Ooft.
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