It’s an attractive prospect, and in a world where we lack Beach House and the SoCal crew, Alvvays snugly slot into a summer line-up. On the cusp of dropping their buzz-slathered debut, Alvvays, Molly Rankin – of the Juno Award winning Rankin dynasty – Alec O’Hanley. Brian Murphy, Kerri MacLellan and Phil MacIsaac are muscling their way to the title of ‘Summer Soundtrack’.
”Archie, Marry Me” has the words ‘festival anthem’ written all over it. It’s deliciously simple yet multi-faceted – Alvvays are deceptively bittersweet – and brandishes a chorus crammed with pop aplomb. The singalong vocal lines will reverberate through fields all August. The band’s other homerun-hit is “Adult Diversion”, which perhaps on the surface isn’t as hooktacular. There’s a zoned-out tranquillity in the indie river, but as soon as the brass hits – yes, brass – it’s abundantly evident that there’s plenty of party even in Alvvays’ most pensive moments.
We speak to vocalist Molly Rankin ahead of Alvvays unleashing their eponymous LP, where she discusses tour habits, the Toronto scene, and kicking kids out of pools. Stream the wonderful record for yourself below.