Your First Listen: Week of December 10th

Remarkable new songs you need to hear from The 1975, Alice Merton, Weezer, and more!

Each week we feature five remarkable songs that 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 1975 – “Love It If We Made It”

If the news and times of 2018 have made you feel a bit disheartened, The 1975 want you to know you’re not alone. Filled with references to what’s been going on in the socio-political sphere of the last couple of years, The 1975 still provides an anthemic tune for you amid the chaos of the times.

The Dead Soft – “Down”

Let’s get to some garage punk from out west! The Dead Soft, from near Vancouver, have added a member and released their latest EP on Arts and Crafts just back in October. Hopefully you saw them open for the Dirty Nil last week, but if not, let this be a solid introduction.


Alice Merton – “Funny Business”

By now you should know Alice Merton from her big hit “No Roots.” The German-Canadian-English singer songwriter gets a lot of inspiration from being nomadic. She’s traveled a lot since she was a kid because of her father’s job as a mining consultant, but she did spend some time in Oakville as well. This one is more of a confessional tune about relationships on the road and lack of trust.

Weezer – “Zombie Bastards”

Weezer’s fifth colour-coded self-titled record will be out in 2019. The Black Album is due out March 1st. Rivers Cuomo says he wrote all of the songs on piano this time around, so let’s see what this new one sounds like


Grimes – “We Appreciate Power”

Grimes has the great ability to blend industrial, dark rock vibes with pop hooks, and with this new track, inspiration from the world of artificial intelligence.