Alvvays on Indie Accent

Alvvays

c. 2011 | ORIGIN: TORONTO, CANADA

Alvvays are 2 women, 3 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. Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac soon joined the fold & Alvvays was born.
Alvvays' music has been described as jangle pop, both by the music press and its members. According to Rankin, the band's emphasis is primarily on strong melodies, rather than for a specific genre: "If old people ask, I say it sounds like the Cranberries. If young people ask, I call it jangle pop. If a punk asks, I say it's pop." The band has often been compared to Camera Obscura; Rankin noted she shared vocalist Tracyanne Campbell's "fondness for the pathetic perspective." Rankin sought inspiration from Stephen Merritt, frontman of the Magnetic Fields, as she appreciated the honest but lighthearted nature of his lyrics. Rankin's personal influences include the Magnetic Fields, Teenage Fanclub, Dolly Mixture, the Smiths, Celine Dion, Pavement, the Primitives, and Oasis. While the band does not have an overt Celtic music sound, Rankin also acknowledges that because she was immersed in the genre from childhood, it has a discernible influence on the way she sings and writes melodies. (Wikipedia)

REVIEWED

Adult Diversion


"Easy to digest pop song which definitely become easy-morning companion"

CF | 561 DAYS AGO

In Undertow


"First taste from their upcoming album "Antisocialites""

CF | 426 DAYS AGO

Dreams Tonite


"Song for shy kid who loves wholeheartedly but hides behind the curtain"

CF | 350 DAYS AGO