Above: NDIO, CA – APRIL 16: (L-R) Musicians Alec O’Hanley, Kerri MacLellan, Molly Rankin, Phil MacIsaac and Brian Murphy of Alvvays pose backstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella)
I’m really liking the girls’ condiment colored jumpsuits! Molly should make the guys wear ketchup. Okay, but I agree the horizonal sailing stripes shirts alvvays looks good on this band, (they weren’t wearing them this day. But, I guess the guys can have a pass).
In any case, I decided to do this follow-up on Alvvays before the 2nd album is released, and also since having really just started listening to the 2014 album recently, I enjoy doing follow-ups while I’m freshly enjoying a record I recently reviewed or made a previous post about.
Though it hasn’t been a matter of wide reporting, Alvvays has been touring in 2017 as fans still anticipate the 2nd album.
Above: FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 30: Alvvays performs during Fortress Festival on April 30, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
The most recent LIVE footage that I could quick-find on YouTube is Treefort Music Fest March 2017:
“Dreams” is expected to be one of the new songs on the 2nd album, and it’s safe to assume another will be “Not My Baby” – Check it from April 2016:
DIY Mag talks about these particular new songs (at the time) here:
“New Haircut” is a pretty interesting song, and moves Alvvays more towards a retro-punk sound as if thats where they’re going. They’ve said in interviews that the 2nd album will be “faster” and probably influenced by other things they are listening to at the time of writing the songs. They do quite a few covers at shows, everything from Camera Obscura, The Ramones, and many more, so that might point towards what might be expected. At this point though it’s been so long since the debut album, it’s quite hard to know what the 2nd album will be like. The debut had a particular charm because it seemed slightly artifact filled, kind of raw, echoey and garagey sounding. The new record might be more precise, but I hope no less charming, but perhaps in a different way. I see no reason that it would be anything less than very very good.
A few minutes poking around Twitter turns up some recent tweets:
Photo Review: Fortress Festival 2017
Photos: ADRIAN GANDARA
Hopefully soon, we will see the new album release by Alvvays (presumably during 2017). If not, that’s fine – it’s amazing how solid a fanbase they have grown and maintained from that initial record of almost exactly 33 minutes of music!
Thirty-three minutes! THREE. YEARS. AGO.
Hey Hey – let’s flash back to 2014 -this brilliant live, jangly, noisy, and pretty awresome performance of “Archie(comma)Marry Me”
2015: There are plenty of sweet little interviews with Alvvays out there! Watch a few and you’ll get a pretty nifty gist of the band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZF5fQRYErU
Have a great SUMMER!
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