ShowtimeSaturday 10:30 pm
GenresGarage, Indie, Pop, Rock
Headlining Saturday night’s Main Stage is Canada’s fastest rising indie band, Alvvays. In an interview with Diffuser.fm, the group’s singer-songwriter, Molly Rankin, described her music: “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.” Alvvays hit the ground running with their self-titled debut album in 2014 and landed on numerous year end best-of lists including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Exclaim! and CBC Music. Their sophomore album, Antisocialites (2017), builds on that momentum and presents itself as a manic emotional collage about drinking (‘Forget About Life,’‘Hey’), drugging (‘Lollipop (Ode To Jim)’), and drowning (‘Already Gone’). To write the album, Molly Rankin traveled to Toronto Island working in an abandoned classroom by day and sleeping a few feet from shore at night. Its dreamy-pop melodies and introspective lyrics detail a world of ice cream truck jingles and radiophonic workshop noise. But even with their darker content, Alvvays remains a summer essential, continuing to amass fans, wow critics, and play major festivals across the globe.