Joe Gorecki voices his opinion on the new album from indie band Alvvays, titled Antisocialites.
Alvvays’ 2014 self-titled album was such a solid debut, so perfectly realised, any follow-up would never be an inviting task. Three years later the band, fronted by Molly Rankin, have returned with Antisocialites, which despite being lesser, is unmistakeably Alvvays, even if the fuzz-drenched sound that defined their debut has been toned down.
The album begins promisingly with its lead singles ‘In Undertow’ and ‘Dreams Tonite’ which while not quite reaching the giddy heights of ‘Archie, Marry Me’ (a perhaps impossible feat) do well to showcase the band’s latent lyricism. More attention is paid to the lyrics this time around and to good effect, lifting ‘Plimsoll Punks’ from being more than its repetitive if fun chorus.
Check out the video for ‘Dreams Tonite’ below:
One of the reasons that their debut was so strong was the musical diversity of the record, proving them to be more interesting than just another grungy-sounding indie band. Unfortunately, a few of the album’s tracks blend together in a slightly disappointing guitar thrashing haze and then begins to truly get interesting again, the album ends abruptly. This gives Antisocialites the impression of being disappointingly rushed. It doesn’t, however, stop it from having more than its fair share of enjoyable moments.
Antisocialites is out now on Polyvinyl Records.