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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 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.

The self-titled record will be released on July 21 in Europe on Transgressive Records. On July 22, the record will be released in the USA on Polyvinyl Record and Royal Mountain Records in Canada.



  • 12 Feb, 2018

    Latitude Festival 2018

    Latitude Festival takes place at Henham Park, Suffolk from 12th to 15th July, and will feature Primary Talent artists:

    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
    ...Jacob Banks
    ...Wolf Alice
    ...Yellow Days

  • 07 Nov, 2017

    Alvvays: European Tour Dates

    Alvvays have announced their European tour dates for February / March 2018. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday).

  • 06 Oct, 2017

    Alvvays: Featured In Guardian Music

    There is a major feature on Alvvays & their new album 'Antisocialites' in Guardian Music.
    The band will tour the UK in February 2018.

  • 20 Sep, 2017

    Alvvays: UK Spring Tour

    Alvvays will tour the UK throughout February 2018, see their artist page for full details.

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  • 13 Sep, 2017

    Alvvays: New Video For 'Dreams Tonite'

    'Antisocialites' is the superb new album from Alvvays. Released last Friday by Transgressive Records, 'Antisocialites' has already received incredible acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Today the band have shared the new video for BBC Radio 6 Music A-listed single 'Dreams Tonite'. The striking visuals see the band transported into archive footage of Montreal's Expo '67.

    Of the video, the band say, "Canada was at its coolest 50 years ago in Montreal at Expo '67. The National Film Board caught a young country at its most iconic on sweet saturated 16mm. We fetishize retro-futurism and are thrilled our buddy Matt Johnson was able to facilitate our half-century temporal trip back to peak pop and op. And this video introduces our new drummer, so please meet Sheridan."

    Director Matt Johnson says, "The first thing I thought when Alvvays played 'Dreams Tonite' for me in their studio (which is packed wall to wall with gear built before they were born) was that this music is from another time. It sounds like a rediscovered classic that was way ahead of its time, so the video had to be about time travel."

    "I got addicted to 60's film aesthetics making my last movie and this was the perfect excuse to revisit that world. The footage shot by the National Film Board during Expo67 is an unknown masterpiece of Canadian cinema - of course we had to hide Alvvays in it. By using the same cameras and film as the Nfb in '67 we found a way to put Molly and company on stage at the biggest festival our country has ever seen. See if you can find them all!"

    Alvvays celebrated the release of their new album with a sold-out gig at London's KOKO. In a review of the show, the Evening Standard said: "dream-pop may have found its new flag bearers". The band are currently touring Europe, then will embark on a run of North American dates.

    'Antisocialites' is out now via Transgressive Records. The video is premiered in Pitchfork.

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  • 12 Sep, 2017

    Alvvays: 4 Star Review At KOKO

    Alvvays live show at London's KOKO receives a 4 Star review in The Independent. The band are currently on tour in Europe, see their artist page for full details.

  • 08 Sep, 2017

    Alvvays: New Album 'Antisocialites'

    Alvvays new album 'Antisocialites' is released today on Transgressive, and receives a 5 Star review in DIY. The band are currently on tour in the UK & Europe.

  • 07 Jun, 2017

    Alvvays: Fall Tour 2017

    Alvvays have announced details of their fall tour 2017.

  • 29 Aug, 2015

    Alvvays: At Reading Festival

    Alvvays set on the Festival Republic stage at yesterday's Reading Festival were reviewed in the NME.

  • 29 Jun, 2015

    Alvvays: Live At Glastonbury Festival

    Alvvays perform 'Archie, Marry Me' live at last weekend's Glastonbury Festival.
    After Reading & Leeds festivals, the band will tour the UK throughout September.

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