We’ve had a good stretch of local releases recently. Three rising Toronto-based bands have been creating a buzz with new albums. Within one week The Darcys, Fast Romantics (originally from Calgary), and Pup will all hold CD Release Parties.
Here is a little more info about the albums to help you choose which tunes to add to your playlist.
Fast Romantics | Afterlife Blues (Pipe & Hat / Fontana North)
Three years after their debut, Fast Romantics are back with a more confident sounding album.There is bouncy swagger to many of the new songs and the up-beat tempo makes this album both fresh and accessible. The album has an overall “big sound” with many examples of soaring back-up vocals, guitar swells, hand claps all delivered alongside honest and straightforward lyrics.
Check out the album: Afterlife Blues – Fast Romantics
Pup | Pup (Royal Mountain)
Probably best to start out this using the bands own words: “We’re a punk rock band from Toronto. We play riff-heavy, slap-you-in-the-face songs, dripping with energy”. The promise is fulfilled on PUP which is chock-full of high-energy tracks that conjure up live-show antics and mosh-pits. The few mid-tempo tunes like “Yukon” are reminiscent of Constantines. There is an underlying pop sensibility to PUP that make even the heaviest tracks accessible.
Check out the album: PUP – Pup
The Darcys | Warring (Arts & Crafts)
Toronto indie-rockers The Darcys are making a bold statement on their new album Warring. This is their second release on Arts & Crafts following up their 2011 self-titled debut. Warring showcases the best aspects of the band – tight rhythms, distorted guitars, soaring vocals, and a frenetic energy that is both unnerving and thrilling. At the root of it all is a band trying to push their sound in new directions while careful to bring the listener along for the ride.
Check out the album: Warring – The Darcys