BANDCRUSH // ALVVAYS

Posted by August 26, 2014 - Music, Pop Culture
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It’s time to declare my love to Torotno band Alvvays, fronted by charismatic Molly Rankin. Some might dismiss the band for “sickly sweet lyrics of love and youthful nostalgia” but with Molly Rankin being in my age group her lyrics are ones I can deeply connect to.  After all track ‘Archie, Marry Me’ might seem like a romantic take on marriage at first glance but it’s not quite like that, the track doesn’t exactly try predict a happy ending of everlasting romance.  The song is about becoming an adult and the expectations that come along with it.

Alvvays might not create something new; their LP certainly draws comparisons to Best Coast, but the band’s knack for witty lyrics that certainly aren’t as sugar-coated as they might seem especially with Rankin’s charming vocals. Alvvays isn’t singing about eternal love or love in the conventional way, it’s about the wild kind of attraction, the adventurous whirlwind romance that is unexplainable and might leave you in jail together. ‘Adult Diversion’ even describes that kind of obsession of following a crush from afar, it’s referring to social anxiety - “is a good time / or is it highly inappropriate”.

‘Red Planet’ is painting a picture of a relationship that you know is toxic but the idea of it seems too tempting. Rankin sings, “I waited out here for you, but that was just delusional”. Alvvays offer an insight in the diaries of 20 somethings touching on subjects of relationships, alcoholism and depression.  If you’re still searching for the soundtrack of the summer for whirlwind romance or unrequited love look no further, the jangling, beachy guitar-pop of Alvvays won’t disappoint.

If a band can make a song work called ‘Party Police’ I’m pretty sure they will stick about for a long time, which is why I’ll leave you with the lyrics for the song below:

Walking through the trees
I never really know what’s on your mind
Is it ever me, or just someone you’ve left behind?

Floating through a dream,
I never could make out the words you said
Sentences are bouncing back and forth
Inside my head

You don’t have to leave
You could just stay here with me
Forget all the party police
We could find comfort in debauchery

Fighting through the fog
I can’t believe it rained all summer long
When every day’s a hurricane,
you know there’s something wrong

I see you every day
It’s hard to figure out what happens next
I cannot decipher conversation in your head

You don’t have to leave
You could just stay here with me
Forget all the party police
We could find comfort in debauchery

You don’t have to leave
You could just stay here with me
Forget all the local police
We could find comfort in biology

We wrote our names on the overpass,
And I hope it lasts
Forever

Don’t have to, you don’t have to

You don’t have to leave,
You could just stay here with me
Forget all the party police
We could find comfort in debauchery

You don’t have to leave,
You could just stay here with me
Forget all the local police
We could find-

If you don’t want to, you don’t have to

By Frock & Roll