Music Extra: Alvvays by Alvvays


The first full-length offering from the Toronto indie-pop quintet Alvvays brims with jangly guitars, sultry synth-lines and Molly Rankin’s dulcet vocals.

Recorded at Chad Van Gaalen’s Yoko Eno studio and mixed by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), Alvvays nine track set blends fuzzy, sun-splashed melodies with the darker, deeper twilight hues of drunkenness, defeat and death. The resultant record is a hard-hitting debut album overflowing with stroppy adolescence and unrepentant youthful verve.

Alvvays kick things off with the album’s two heavy-hitting lead tracks. Adult Diversion is a delirious sun-baked song filled with hazy guitar licks, driving backbeats, dreamy vocals and the sheer unadulterated promise of a teenage summer in all its innocence and angst. By comparison Archie, Marry Me is more of a timeless surf-rock classic that’s sure to spawn a wave of alternative wedding proposals – “Forget the invitations, floral arrangements and bread-makers,” swoons Molly Rankin, and when a track’s this blissful, who would dare to disagree.

Destined to be the soundtrack to summer love, loss, heartbreak and raucous rebellion, Alvvays’ debut LP is a rousing record that conjures the indomitable vitality of youth and delivers a nostalgic reminder that it’s ok to light the candle at both ends – we can burn our fingers in the fire of life and still come out smiling.

Alvvays is out now (21 July) on Polyvinyl / Transgressive Records and you can catch them live at Rough Trade East on Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00pm. For more info and all things Alvvays, head on over to

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