“Peep This” Royal Canoe

Northern Transmissions 'Video of the Day' is "Peep This" by Royal Canoe. The track is off their forthcoming release 'Waver,'
"Peep This" by Royal Canoe

Canadian band Royal Canoe have released the single, “Peep This”. The track is off the band’s forthcoming release Waver, available on January 25th, via Paper Bag Records.

lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Peters on the album:

Peep This is a song about going through a process of re-evaluation in a relationship. As the years go by, you’ve both clearly grown as people, but how has that impacted your partnership? The more you look outward though, the turbulent uncertainty overwhelms and you can’t imagine letting go. You find yourself awash in desperate energy as you realize how much you depend on each other to stay afloat – how could you make it alone?

One of my favourite, serendipitous moments from the recording of Waver comes from this song… at some point while we were working on the session in ProTools the acoustic drums accidentally got nudged backward a tiny amount relative to everything else for a portion of the song (definitely some sloppy mouse-clicking in-play). All of the electronic drums, keys, bass were still “in time” which created this great grinding sensation where the drums feel like their tripping off the back end of the pocket. It’s a subtle shift and only occurs at the end of the 2nd and 3rd chorus’, but it makes me feel like the floor is tilting.”

Waver is described as an album that rifles through a treasure trove of sounds from pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop. There’s expansive synth walls, obtuse guitar solos, beautiful organ lines, all tied together with a deep rhythmic interplay between the bass, drums and electronics. “As we continued to peel back the layers, the lyrics struck a more personal tone, but the things we found ourselves reacting to were less nostalgic than on previous records,” says Peters. These songs started to become the anchor – the sign-posts marking their journey through new scenery.

Royal Canoe has played over 400 shows aound the world from Kiev to California, on tours with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club, to major festivals like Bonaroo, Iceland Airwaves, and Osheaga. They have travelled to Atlanta to work with producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter).

Royal Canoe
Tour Dates:

01/25 – Baden, CH @ Werkk Kulturlokal
01/26 – Bulle, CH @ Ebullition
01/29 – Prague, CZ @ Roxy
01/30 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
01/31 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache
02/01 – Copenhagen, DK @ Lille Vega
02/05 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Upstairs
02/06 – London, UK @ Thousand Island
02/08 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop-Up du Label