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Alvvays on tour

posted Nov 16, 2014, 1:25 PM by Vu Nguyen
are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle.

Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan grew up as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and folk-songs. Heartbreaks of different shades soon entered their lives, as did the music of Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian. Similar noisy melancholy drifted over to Prince Edward Island, finding Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac.

Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since dusk or maybe dawn, when stars were appearing or fading off. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit -- nine songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass.

With needlepoint melody and verse, Rankin and O'Hanley's songs were recorded at Chad VanGaalen's Yoko Eno studio and mixed by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile).

The resultant album is loud and clear and sure. Flood your ears.

Tour dates:

11/16/14         Birmingham, AL     BottleTree    
11/18/14         New Orleans, LA     Gasa Gasa    
11/19/14         Dallas, TX     City Tavern    
11/20/14         San Antonio, TX     502 Bar    
11/21/14         Austin, TX     Waterloo Records    
11/21/14         Austin, TX     Red 7    
11/23/14         Scottsdale, AZ     Pub Rock    
11/24/14         Las Vegas, NV     Bunkhouse    
11/25/14         San Diego, CA     Soda Bar    
11/26/14         Pomona, CA     Acerogami    
11/28/14         Los Angeles, CA     Echo    
11/29/14         San Francisco, CA     Rickshaw Stop    
12/01/14         Portland, OR     Doug Fir Lounge    
12/02/14         Seattle, WA     Barboza    
12/03/14         Vancouver, BC     Biltmore Cabaret    
12/05/14         Edmonton, AB     The Starlite Room    
12/06/14         Calgary, AB     The Gateway at SAIT    
12/09/14         Saskatoon, SK     Amigos Cantina    
12/10/14         Winnipeg, MB     Park Theatre Cafe    
12/11/14         Saint Paul, MN     Turf Club    
12/12/14         Iowa City, IA     Blue Moose Tap House    
12/13/14         Cleveland, OH     Beachland Ballroom    
12/18/14         Montreal, QC     La Sala Rossa    
12/19/14         Kingston, ON     The Grad Club    
12/20/14         Toronto, ON     Opera House Concert Venue    
01/17/15         Tomorrow Never Knows