Alvvays (ȯl-wēz) 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 neighbours 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.
The video for new track, “Adult Diversion”, offers a sunny Super-8 snapshot of the new music to come. The single along with another track, “Archie, Marry Me” are available for streaming on the band’s website, www.alvvays.com. “
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).
Nov 5 – Fredericton, NB @ Charlotte Street Arts Centre
Nov 7 – St John’s, NFLD @ The Rock House
Nov 8 – Halifax, NS @ St Matthew’s United Church
Nov 11 – Quebec, QC @ Salle Multi
Nov 12 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Nov 13 – Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
Nov 14 – Guelph, ON @ Brass Taps
Nov 15 – Kingston, ON @ Grad Club
Nov 16 – St. Catharines, ON @ Detour Music Hall
Nov 20 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
Nov 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton (w/Young Galaxy)
Nov 25 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Nov 26 – New York, NY @ Glasslands Gallery