Alvvays have announced a winter tour with Yuck, and are playing Rough Trade January 30 with Sylvan Esso. Their self-titled album, which was produced by Chad Vangaaleen will be out in early 2014.
For those not in the know, Alvvays can be found under the overpass, jingle-jangling sun-splashed fuzz pop. Molly Rankin (lead vocals/guitar) and Kerri Maclellan (keyboards) grew up as next-door neighbors in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and singing folk-songs. Different kinds of heartbreaks soon came calling: as teens they discovered Teenage Fanclub and the Jesus & Mary Chain, Dolly Mixture and Belle & Sebastian. The same noisy melancholy wafted over to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, finding Alec O’Hanley (guitar), Brian Murphy (bass) and Phil MacIsaac (drums).
Their music is fully grown, muscular and hides surprising grit in its bittersweet lilt. Rankin’s melancholic melodies are framed by meticulous arrangement, needlepoint guitar and an unwavering voice.
Having already bent a discerning ear or two on tour with Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Peter Bjorn and John, Alvvays will hit the road this November in Eastern Canada as well as a Toronto gig with Young Galaxy on November 22 and NYC dates on November 25 and 26.
Alvvays’ upcoming debut album was recorded with Chad VanGaalen at Yoko Eno studio and will be released in early 2014. The songs are loud and clear and sure Scot-pop sublimated through Magnetic Fields and 1979. Alvvays was mixed by Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh and studio legend John Agnello (Sonic Youth’s Rather Ripped, Dinosaur Jr’s Where You Been, Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring For My Halo).
1.14 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
1.15 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair*
1.16 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore*
1.17 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison*
1.19 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall*
1.30 – New York, NY – Rough Trade #
2.10 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*
2.11 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight*
2.12 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
2.13 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel*
2.15 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom*
* w/ Yuck
# w/ Sylvan Esso