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ALVVAYS announce release of debut album and new video premiere

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Straight from the heartstrings of maritime Canada, ALVVAYS are capturing hearts and ears with their endearing brand of nostalgic fuzz pop.

Alvvays announced in a press release earlier this month that their debut album will be avaliable in 2014.

They are currently accompanying Said The Whale and Young Galaxy on a brief Eastern Canada tour that will be dipping down to New York at the end of the month. You can catch them in Ottawa on November 13 at Ritual Night Club.
















Alvvays (ȯl-wÄ“z) 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.

Alvvays‘ upcoming debut album was produced by 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). It will be released on Royal Mountain Records (Hollerado, PUP). Stay tuned for more information on Alvvays.

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 opening the Eastern run of Said The Whale’s autumn tour, as well as a Toronto gig with Young Galaxy on November 22. All dates follow below.


On November 7, Nylon magazine premiered their new music video for “ADULT DIVERSION” – a sentimental look into a not so distant past summer through the guise of Super 8 film.


Alvvays also have an additional new track, Archie, Marry Me available from their Soundcloud page:



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    Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands

* w/ Said The Whale

You can pick up the single now on iTunes.

Griffin Elliot


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