Alvvays Release New Video For "In Undertow", To Be Joined By Jay Som & Nap Eyes On North American Tour



Alvvays are back with a brand-new record due September 8th, and today they've released the video for the first single "In Undertow." Analog visual feedback and moon-man cameos fill the video singer Molly Rankin describes as "aquacosmic psych meets public access TV." Rankin says, "I'm aware of my own drowning fixation and fascinated by that bizarre lunar-tidal relationship. We've already filled our water video quota. Space is a trippier ocean."

"In Undertow" is the first new music from the band since the release of their much loved self-titled debut album in 2014. The song is an exciting glimpse into what fans can expect from their sophomore album. Alvvays will be touring extensively this fall and will be joined by Jam Som and Nap Eyes as their opening supports. All dates for this must-see lineup are listed below.

Antisocialites is out September 8th and can be pre-ordered here.

Praise for "In Undertow":

"...Alvvays never second-guess their core strength: anthemic, arm-swaying hooks that aim for the stars even when the sky is gray." Pitchfork 

"The band has kept their rivers of reverb, which sometimes makes them sound as though they're playing to an empty middle-school gymnasium, an image that fittingly blends sweetness with melancholy." - Vulture 

"The single echoes with a longing for finding solace after going through a breakup." - Paste

"...lead single "In Undertow" contains all of the elements that were initially so charming about the Toronto five-piece blown up to fuzzy and dreamy new heights." -Stereogum 

"Expect more lovelorn sun-spotted jangly jams done in only the charming way the Toronto quartet know how." - My Old Kentucky Blog 

"...a very nice dose of their melodic, emotional indie pop, complete with a shoegazy guitar solo." - Brooklyn Vegan

Antisocialites Tracklisting:
  1. In Undertow
  2. Dreams Tonite
  3. Plimsoll Punks
  4. Your Type
  5. Not My Baby
  6. Hey
  7. Lollipop (Ode to Jim)
  8. Already Gone
  9. Saved By A Waif
  10. Forget About Life


Antisocialites - the much-anticipated follow-up to Alvvays' 2014 self-titled debut - is set for release on September 8th. Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep end of reckless romance and altered dates. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage.
The album opens with the excellent strum-'n-thrummer 'In Undertow,' a hi-amp breakup fantasy that is both crushing and charming for its level-headedness. "You find a wave and try to hold on for as long as you can, you made a mistake you'd like to erase and I understand," sings Rankin, her voice full longing not for another person necessarily, but for what to do next. "Meditate, play solitaire, take up self-defense," Molly continues, laundry-listing some strategies for moving on. "What's next for you and me? I'll take suggestions," she deadpans under crashing waves of feedback and Farfisa.
Replete with more songs about drinking ('Forget About Life,' 'Hey'), drugging ('Lollipop (Ode To Jim)'), and drowning ('Already Gone'), Antisocialites is a multipolar period piece fueled by isolation and loss. Perversely enjoyable dark drama springs from Rankin's phonetic twists, quick-sung rhymes and irreverent syllable-play. "So morose for me, seeing ghosts of me, writing oaths to me," the self-described introvert sings on the Cocteau-pop stunner 'Dreams Tonite,' the song from which the album's name is derived. "In fluorescent light, antisocialites watch a wilting flower."
To write Antisocialites, Rankin traveled to Toronto Island - working in an abandoned classroom by day and sleeping a few feet from shore at night - to avoid a stifling heat wave in the city. "I carried a small PA on the ferry in a wheelbarrow," she recalls. "Every morning I would listen to my favorite records on the beach, then I'd write melodies and record demos in the classroom." After tracking with keyboardist Kerri MacLellan and bassist Brian Murphy at Kingsize in LA, Rankin and guitarist Alec O'Hanley continued recording and mixing in their Toronto basement. A few friends descended to play on the record, including Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake.
Antisocialites details a world of ice cream truck jingles and radiophonic workshop noise, where Rankin's shining wit is refracted through crystalline counterpoint. 'Not My Baby' is a centerpiece, a meditation on the rapture of escape following the sadness of separation. Elsewhere, 'Plimsoll Punks' is the band's answer to Television Personalities' 'Part-Time Punks' and a winking surf opus indictment of the self-righteous who intend to condescend. Molly wrote the rapid-fire sugar stream 'Lollipop (Ode to Jim)' after singing 'Just Like Honey' with Jesus and Mary Chain. 'Your Type' is a beautiful primitive stomp about running around Paris with vomit on your feet post-Louvre ejection.
The record concludes with a movement that is at once stark and celebratory. On 'Forget About Life,' the apartment stands in disarray as undrinkable wine is inhaled: "When the failures of the past multiply and you trivialize the things that keep your hand from mine, did you want to forget about life with me tonite?" The resonant freaks in Rankin's tales don't find much resolve, but with equal doses of black humor and heartstring-tugging, Antisocialites rings a truer tone.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
8.5.17 - Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL
8.5.17 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL  SOLD OUT
8.26.17 - Belgrave Music Hall - Leeds, UK
8.27.17 - St. Luke's - Glasgow, Scotland
8.28.17 - Leadmill - Sheffield, UK
8.29.17 - Talking Heads - Southampton, UK
9.2.17 - End of the Road Festival - Larmer Tree Garden, UK
9.3.17 - Institute 2 - Birmingham, UK
9.4.17 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, UK
9.6.17 - Bullingdon Arms - Oxford, UK
9.7.17 - Gorilla - Manchester, UK
9.8.17 - Koko - London, UK
9.9.17 - Thekla - Bristol, UK
9.11.17 - Point Ephemere - Paris, France
9.12.17 - Blue Shell - Cologne, Germany
9.13.17 - Molotow - Hamburg, Germany
9.14.17 - Musik & Frieden - Berlin, Germany
9.16.17 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
9.17.17 - Ekko - Utrecht, Netherlands
9.18.17 - Bitterzoet - Amsterdam, Netherlands
9.30.17 - Music Tastes Good Festival - Long Beach, CA
10.3.17 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
10.5.17 - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY *
10.6.17 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA *
10.7.17 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *
10.11.17 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA *
10.12.17 - Exit / In - Nashville, TN *
10.13.17 - Saturn - Birmingham, AL *
10.14.17 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA *
10.16.17 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX *
10.17.17 - Mohawk - Austin, TX *
10.18.17 - Trees - Dallas, TX *
10.20.17 - Meow Wolf - Santa Fe, NM *
10.21.17 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ *
10.24.17 - Fillmore - San Francisco, CA *
10.27.17 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR ^
10.28.17 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA ^
10.30.17 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT ^
10.31.17 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO ^
11.2.17 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN ^
11.3.17 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL ^
11.4.17 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI ^
12.13.17 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
12.14.17 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
12.15.17 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
12.16.17 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON

* w/ Nap Eyes
^ w/ Jay Som