In 2022, Canadian indie pop band Alvvays finally released their third album, the nervy joyride, which is Blue Rev. In fact, the band began writing and cutting its first bits soon after releasing 2017’s Antisocialites.
They toured more than expected, a surefire interruption for a band that doesn’t write on the road. A watchful thief then broke into singer Molly Rankin’s apartment and swiped a recorder full of demos, one day before a basement flood nearly ruined all the band’s gear.
The album eventually dropped in 2022 to widespread acclaim, with Pitchfork declaring, ‘It is cool and righteous, it makes you feel cool and righteous, you hope that when other people hear it they feel cool and righteous. This is the old currency of pop music, and Blue Rev makes it feel new again.’
The album is a record that doesn’t simply reassert what’s always been great about the Alvvays, but instead reimagines it.
Having toured the entire world in 2023, including a brilliant show at New Century Hall, Alvvays return to Manchester this summer for what promises to be another memorable night at The Ritz.