Saturday, May 2, 2015

Concert review: Alvvays rock at Blowout

Posted By on Sat, May 2, 2015 at 3:12 PM

You can’t make a sandwich with only one piece of bread, unless you cut it in half; or into five pieces as it were for Molly Rankin and her surf rock-ish outfit, Alvvays (pronounced "always"). With blissful, catchy songs about heartbreak and breakups, Rankin sounds well-versed on the topic of unrequited love. “Walking through the trees, I never really know what’s on your mind. Is it ever me, or just someone you’ve left behind,” she chirps sweetly; her carefree delivery giving the impression that she has no regrets and things are probably gonna work out just fine.

Sporting a look borrowed from Michael Richards’ character in Problem Child sans bowtie (I refuse to acknowledge that normcore is actually a thing, but some jerks may be inclined to describe it thusly), Alvvays descended upon the Loving Touch Friday night for Metro Times Blowout, to a packed crowd ready to bounce, shimmy, and possibly shake. Hailing from the remote Canadian town of Toronto, their sound harkens back to a jangly '60s pop scene with a bit of ‘90s Pavement and Teenage Fanclub thrown in for good measure. They feel and sound like the California sun and are a nice reminder that summer is quickly approaching. Ripping through a 13-song set that included all of the hits and two covers (The Primitives "Out of Reach" and Deerhunter’s "Nosebleed"), Rankin took time to banter with the crowd about Canada and the UFO Factory and thanked everyone “for their consideration,” before launching into the final two reverb soaked songs of the evening. Just coming off of a tour with the Decemberists, it seems a safe bet that the next time they are in town it will probably be on a larger stage, as they seemed destined for commercial success, and your consideration is definitely warranted.

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