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First album was nearly perfect.

New album (out Friday) is nearly perfect.

They get/need their own thread (rather than sharing one with Honeyblood).

This band gets all the heart-eyes emojis.

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 17:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"Archie, Marry Me" is one of my decade favourites.

clemenza, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 17:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

^^ an all-time classic, for sure

what strikes me, i guess, is that each of the first two albums has, i dunno, 4 or 6ish songs that are as good / nearly as good? that is impressive!

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 17:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I've only heard the new album once so far, but it sounds just as lovely as the debut.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 17:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm just a old person now, but this band sounds exactly like if Johnny Boy covered Camera Obscura's "Lloyd I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken"

I love the lead singer's voice both in studio and live

They're good!

fgti, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 17:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, they are.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 19:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Love them. "Archie marry me" is song of the decade yes I agre!

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 20:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I have a soft spot for Archie too. But besides that nothing ever clicked with me. I guess it's one of these one hit bands, no?

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 20:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yeah, totally. one hit band.

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 22:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"Next of Kin" shares the top spot w/Archie to me.

JoeStork, Thursday, 7 September 2017 01:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I might be alone on this one but there's also something sort of 90's to their sound and her voice, like Cardigans or Cranberries besides the obvious Johnny Boy comparison which is otm.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Thursday, 7 September 2017 19:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i love this band

Treeship, Thursday, 7 September 2017 19:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

atop a cake is a really good song

Treeship, Thursday, 7 September 2017 20:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Moka OTM, add to that in Archie the verses draw a resemblance to Ode To My Family. Much different vibe tho

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 7 September 2017 23:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Listening to the new album now - it's beautiful

monotony, Friday, 8 September 2017 01:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"dreams tonite" pins me to the floor

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 8 September 2017 02:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Plimsoll Punks is a perfect song

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I wonder if brad still hates them

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

norman blake is on a track on the new one apparently?

-_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The new album definitely didn't hit me the same way the debut did, but I'm enjoying it a lot. It's been a good year for this kind of indie pop with the Rose Elinor Dougall and Japanese Breakfast albums also being two of my most played.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It's really grown on me over the last few listens. I'd say it's on par with the debut; it's nice to hear them get a little more muscular.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Just heard "Dreams Tonight" for the first time and I'm in love. Probably the first single of theirs that's struck me since Archie.

Chantilly Bass, Saturday, 16 September 2017 20:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"nice to hear them get a little more muscular" <-- otm

that's why Plimsoll Punks thru Lollipop is the meat of this record

alpine static, Sunday, 17 September 2017 08:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Not my Baby has to become a single, what a song.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 29 September 2017 01:33 (ten months ago) Permalink

Love those space doo wop vocal FX on the chorus of "Lollipop"

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 29 September 2017 12:51 (ten months ago) Permalink

Oh man this new record is tremendous.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 6 October 2017 19:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is a very good band.

New Jersey (treeship 2), Monday, 4 December 2017 06:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

never listened to the first one but I listened to the new album today and I almost really like it. I love her voice, I love the lyrics, but there's something about the music - the drumming, particularly - that doesn't quite gel. I definitely prefer the slower and wispier moments.

boxedjoy, Monday, 4 December 2017 20:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

You should def check out the debut. It's wispier all around.

Simon H., Monday, 4 December 2017 20:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

Like the neq album butbthe lyrics arw awful and childish.
Aren't they tired of that love/relationships/he vs she songs?

nostormo, Monday, 4 December 2017 21:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

probably not because love and relationships are an extremely important part of life

New Jersey (treeship 2), Monday, 4 December 2017 22:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

First album yards ahead of the second imho

calstars, Monday, 4 December 2017 22:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

thereis a definite difference between the two albums their old sound was very delicate. this is more robust, an attempt, perhaps, to break free of any semblance of "preciousness." that is, i don't know if their last sound would have sustained many more albums.

New Jersey (treeship 2), Monday, 4 December 2017 22:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

i don't think any of the songs on here are good as "party police" but you know

New Jersey (treeship 2), Monday, 4 December 2017 22:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

lollipop (ode to jim) might be up there

New Jersey (treeship 2), Monday, 4 December 2017 22:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

the squeaky guitar distortion floating above the bubblegum hook

New Jersey (treeship 2), Monday, 4 December 2017 22:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

what would you like them to write about, nostormo?

alpine static, Monday, 4 December 2017 23:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I love this band when I hear them on the radio, but know almost nothing factual about them.

They seem glossy, shiny, compressed, professional - yet at odd times they also nod to a rougher, more cheap & cheerful kind of indiepop tradition (Heavenly for instance). Maybe the single band they remind me of most is (back on the glossier side) Club 8.

I don't know if 'singles' are still a reality for bands like this but the 'radio hits' - 'dreams tonite' and 'not my baby' - are sublime, though I am doubtful that anyone should use the word 'tonite' in a title.

the pinefox, Thursday, 4 January 2018 18:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

where do you live where you can hear Alvvays on the radio?

alpine static, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

Heard Dream Tonite on the radio once (Israel)

nostormo, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

They are played fairly often on satelite radio Sirius XMU

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

oh right. i always forget stuff like that exists.

alpine static, Thursday, 4 January 2018 20:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

i'm sure they're played all the time on the local NPR music station here in mpls

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

WRAS "Album 88" plays them a lot here in Atlanta.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 5 January 2018 04:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

Molly Rankin is the daughter of John Morris Rankin, who played the fiddle in the family Celtic Folk/Country music collective, The Rankin Family, who were really big in Canada in the 90s.

MarkoP, Friday, 5 January 2018 04:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Really come around to antisocialites

calstars, Saturday, 24 March 2018 05:06 (four months ago) Permalink

it's better/more consistent than the debut imo

Simon H., Saturday, 24 March 2018 06:00 (four months ago) Permalink

They're good, but I find a kind of sameyness creeps in over the course of a whole album.

clemenza, Sunday, 25 March 2018 14:59 (four months ago) Permalink

My sister says they covered Elastica's "Blue" last night in Milwaukee, I'm so jealous.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 25 March 2018 16:27 (four months ago) Permalink

"in undertow" is one of the best songs of the decade. it is perfect.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 29 March 2018 06:19 (four months ago) Permalink

kinda effortlessly great too

niels, Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:08 (four months ago) Permalink

oh wow re Elastica! used to love Blue, even as a demo on an early single.

the Kirsty MacColl cover is also top hole

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km3ZPKzI26Q

piscesx, Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:42 (four months ago) Permalink

listened to 'In Undertow' about a half-dozen times today. love the way the guitars weave in and out, matching the lyrics.

campreverb, Friday, 30 March 2018 00:52 (four months ago) Permalink

They’re very new to me, so I just went back and listened to their debut yesterday and today. I can see how some would see Marry Me Archie as their pinnacle and Undertow as a sort of sibling. They’re both so good and perfectly catchy, so fun to sing along to. I think the debut is more solid as an album, though both are a little patchy.

Karl Malone, Friday, 30 March 2018 01:58 (four months ago) Permalink

i love this band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgOSHDitcds

Karl Malone, Friday, 30 March 2018 06:03 (four months ago) Permalink

so impressive to see a band pull of a live performance that is so incredibly solid. they seem like they're effortlessly in the zone all the time.

Karl Malone, Friday, 30 March 2018 06:04 (four months ago) Permalink

has the drummer from the KEXP performance ^above left? i'm watching a 2018 show and it's a different drummer? that's too bad if so, she ruled.

Karl Malone, Friday, 30 March 2018 06:09 (four months ago) Permalink

drummer has changed a few times. i can't even remember if it was a male or female when i saw them live last fall.

"effortlessly in the zone all the time" is a good way to describe this band. two of my favorite records of the past 5 years

alpine static, Friday, 30 March 2018 06:27 (four months ago) Permalink

thing about the drummer in the KEXP clip above is that she also contributed some spot-on vocal harmonies from behind the kit. not just trivial parts but really key ones. so badass

Karl Malone, Friday, 30 March 2018 06:40 (four months ago) Permalink

anyway, it's almost 2am, i should probably go to bed. but zoning in on this band for a few hours and just checking out everything they have has been so rewarding, totally worth it.

Karl Malone, Friday, 30 March 2018 06:43 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Saw them last night at The Fox in Oakland. So great! The lead singer hit all the high notes, the drummer and keyboardist sang perfect harmonies, and the lead guitarist nailed all the runs too. Surprised they didn't sell out (esp with Frankie Rose and The Drums as openers).

DJI, Friday, 13 April 2018 15:52 (four months ago) Permalink

lately i have been seriously digging the harmonies that gradually appear in the choruses in "dreams tonite"

Karl Malone, Friday, 13 April 2018 15:56 (four months ago) Permalink

So good man

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:10 (four months ago) Permalink

I think the Seattle show was sold out a while in advance. tbh they only have a few songs that I actively remember and care about but I’d love to see them.

JoeStork, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:28 (four months ago) Permalink

this band makes me proud to be canadian

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:32 (four months ago) Permalink

Didn't even realize that they were Canadian until they started talking about a dubs/raps finals.

DJI, Friday, 13 April 2018 17:49 (four months ago) Permalink

they sound more swedish to me, like a mix of cardigans/pretenders at times

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Friday, 13 April 2018 17:51 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I've now had this same experience with both of their albums:
- First impression: pleasant but nondescript. Sort of an indistinct wash of songs without anything immediate to grab onto.
- I listen a few weeks later just to see if missed anything, and hooks start to resolve out of the blur.
- I find myself returning to album with increasing frequency over a period of a year or so, until finally the songs are looping in my head whenever my brain is idle, and i realize that this might be my favorite album whether I like it or not.

Sort of the textbook definition of a "grower".

(the exception to all this was "Marry Me Archie" which I loved from the first time I heard it)

enochroot, Monday, 11 June 2018 15:20 (two months ago) Permalink

^ this is because they are an incredible pop-rock band

alpine static, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Just grabbed tickets to see them in Dec!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 11 June 2018 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink

archie is the best indie pop song of all time

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Monday, 11 June 2018 17:40 (two months ago) Permalink

i had the same general reaction as enochroot. "Plimsoll Punks" reaaaally grew on me after a handful of listens. the smiths/marr guitar lines during the verses are so good

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Monday, 11 June 2018 17:44 (two months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

you all might enjoy some of this new beths album that got the big ups from pitchfork yesterday. a lot of the songs (like 'happy unhappy' and 'great no one') have a tightly composed hook-filled upbeat vibe reminiscent of alvvays songs like 'plimsoll punks'

Karl Malone, Monday, 20 August 2018 01:20 (yesterday) Permalink

Thanks!

DJI, Monday, 20 August 2018 02:52 (yesterday) Permalink

thanks dude. i love alvvays so much

Trϵϵship, Monday, 20 August 2018 02:59 (yesterday) Permalink

Great tip! I just listened to the album and it really is fantastic. You're right about the hooks, there were strong ones on every song. Brilliant playing too. Looking forward to spending more time with it.

kitchen person, Monday, 20 August 2018 04:53 (yesterday) Permalink

i mentioned it in the new zealand music thread but yeah that the beths album is the best

monotony, Monday, 20 August 2018 05:06 (yesterday) Permalink

yeah, the pfork review mentioned they were all music school students and they sound like they can do this stuff in their sleep. more music school people need to play in guitar bands imo

Karl Malone, Monday, 20 August 2018 05:07 (yesterday) Permalink

Oh, this is good. The vocals are making me lose it.

The inexorable rise of identity condiments (Sund4r), Monday, 20 August 2018 12:50 (yesterday) Permalink

extremely good

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Monday, 20 August 2018 13:00 (yesterday) Permalink


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