Sat August 5, 2017 10:00 pm $20.00
Toronto-based five-piece ALVVAYS combine their fuzzy, jangly, indie pop with infectious, sugary melodies that recall the likes of Scottish outfit Teenage Fanclub and nod to the U.K. post-punk act the Dolly Mixture. Lead vocalist Molly Rankin -- the daughter of John Morris Rankin from the popular Canadian folk family group the Rankin Family -- was joined by childhood next-door neighbor Kerri MacLellan on keyboards, and met guitarist Alec O'Hanley at a show as a teenager before they proceeded to write music together. Rankin self-released a solo EP in 2010 with the help of O'Hanley before bringing the rest of ALVVAYS together, with Brian Murphy (bass) and Phil MacIssac (drums) joining the fold. They then toured heavily, supporting the likes of Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Peter Bjorn and John, while busily working on new songs. The band enlisted fellow countryman and musician Chad VanGaalen to record sessions for their debut album at his Calgary studio in 2013, and also worked with Holy Fuck's Graham Walsh and producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, the Hold Steady). Standout performances at 2014's SXSW and the internet hype surrounding their demo of "Adult Diversion" alerted their talents to Polyvinyl Records, who subsequently signed the band.
We're always happy to have CLEARANCE's nique take on throwback, indie-rock with a lo-fi vibe on the EB stage. The group released its debut LP Rapid Rewards in September 2015 via Tall Pat Records and Unsatisfied Records. Are You Aware -- another 7" released on Tall Pat -- followed in 2016. Taking equal cues from the Flying Nun school of arty guitar pop, classic British post-punk and otherwise VELVETS-indebted rock, the band mixes eras and styles with ease, resulting in a tightly focused but coolly off-the-cuff sound that appeals to rock nerds of all stripes and sizes.