Your First Listen: Week of July 31

The Killers, Alvvays, X Ambassadors and More

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here.

Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.

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The Killers \ Run For Cover


The Killers album Wonderful, Wonderful will be out in September, it’s a record that the band says took a little time until they felt uncomfortable enough to know it was right. By now you know all the words to “The Man”, now time to dive into a new one, “Run for Cover.”

 

Alvvays \ Dreams Tonite


Alvvays worked on their new record Antisocialites on Toronto Island; working in an abandoned classroom by day and sleeping a few feet from the lake at night. Molly Rankin says she “carried a small PA on the ferry in a wheelbarrow” and each morning she’d listen to her favorite records on the beach, then “write melodies and record demos in the classroom.” Sounds dreamy. Here is the next one to swoon to.

 

X Ambassadors \ Ahead of Myself


In 2015 you couldn’t get away from X Ambassadors track “Renegades,” it was everywhere. After a little writing break, they’re back with another track that teases a sophomore record! “Ahead of Myself” starts off slow and brings in a beautiful percussion build to hook ya.

 

Yukon Blonde \ Crazy


Yukon Blonde have been busy working on new material between Toronto and Vancouver, but to get you excited they’ve released two tracks on vinyl. This one got it’s start in the mind of Jeff Innes, who was trying to explain his crazy behaviour to a woman he met in Spain… which is actually where this track was recorded.

 

The Glorious Sons \ Everything Is Alright


After a Juno nom in 2015 and tons of touring, Kingston rockers The Glorious Sons are back with a new tune. The not-so-typical love song lyrics will have you paying attention, hooked and singing along! “ Everything Is Alright” off their upcoming third album, Young Beauties & Fools.