Concert Pick: Alvvays @ 9:30 Club (5/8/18)

Alvvays (Photo from FB @ALVVAYS)

The band your spellcheck hates is bringing their blend of synth and jangly noise pop to the 9:30 Club.

Alvvays is touring in support of their second album, Antisocialites (released back in September 2017), and will be bringing their act to the 9:30 Club on May 8th.

One of a couple Nova Scotia, turned Toronto-based bands (see: Sloan), and a few Canadian bands (see: Stars) passing through DC, Alvvays has been subtly altering their sound just as they have their base of operations.

Their eponymous debut perfectly captured a sweetly melancholic, at times exuberant, whiff of influences. Sounds of the ’60s, noise pop, ’80s pop melodies, and a near constant jangle sound. They took all these pieces, found the through line, and tugged just enough to bring the sound into the 2010s. For the perfect encapsulation, and for a very close to perfect song, just try, “Archie, Marry Me.”

The new album, Antisocialites, represents an evolutionary step forward. More sophisticated, more layered, more synth-present, but still every bit a sound and sentiment you recognize as Alvvays. You can make an argument for which album you like better, but with 19 songs between the two, there should be a healthy blend from both when they perform live.

Tickets are now sold out, but get on the resale sites!

Doors open at the 9:30 Club at 7pm. Frankie Rose is the opening act.

Author: Mathew Harkins

A writer and editor in Washington, DC.

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