In their thirteen years together, The Most Serene Republic came across the age-old problem that many successful bands come to face. Formed in their high school years, this Milton-based sextet emerged with the wide-eyed wonder of their youthful years. After a decade, how do you come back to the table to write with the same vigor of youth that the band was established from?
But after three LPs and two EPs, you don’t look back, or even to the future — rather, to the present. Accepting where you are in your current state, while appreciating your past, allows for an hones and confident collection of tunes that in this case, make up the band’s fourth LP, Mediac.
The first band after Broken Social Scene signed to Arts & Crafts, TMSR garnered years of critical acclaim, multiple tours with acts like Metric, Broken Social Scene, and The Strokes; don’t confuse their youthful glow for inexperience. Mediac was produced by the band’s own Ryan Lenssen and mixed by David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene/Los Campesinos!).
Most Serene manages to balance Mediac with a mix of upbeat pop tunes such as their leading single “Ontario Morning” and baroque-pop Broken Social Scene-soaked tunes like “Brain Etiquette” and “Fingerspelling”. A bit more comfortable in their own skins, TMSR have created a capstone album that could have you dancing, start a and protest rally, or reflect on every failed relationship all within fifty minutes.
Mediac is available via Maple Music November 13th.