Off to Canada’s far east, in Nova Scotia, neighbors Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan developed a friendship from childhood that would spawn Alvvays, rounding it out with the addition of Alec O’Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac from Prince Edward Island which is about level with Nova Scotia in distance. To be honest, the only band from the Maritimes I could name off the top of my head is The Heavy Blinkers; I probably need to do some more research, eh? I’m glad Polyvinyl has given them an American home so the good news of Alvvays can be delivered to our homes in the states without import fees. As the synopsis suggests, their fuzzy pop sound will echo a resemblance to the heavily fabled C86 collection, which had bands such as Mighty Mighty, The Pastels and The Wedding Present. They definitely do justice to a sound that’s highly sought after, heavily missed and just elicits nostalgia. Check out their sunny singles “Adult Diversion” and “Archie, Marry Me” below via the YouTube streams and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Alvvays 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.

Price $16

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