It is often said that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. But we believe you can judge a band by its performances on stage. On Monday 16th of Febuary Alvvays played Le Badaboum, Paris, and Third Outing were lucky enough to be there.
The Canadian Indie-Pop band gained notoriety as part of the scene in 2014 and it was fully deserved. Forming in 2011 the young Indie rockers waited 3 years before releasing their eponymous debut album, and it was well worth while. French Alternative Journalist François Salvador @indie_or_die spoke to Third Outing after the gig and his sentiments were justified.
"Trust me I've seen too many Indie bands over the past few years but Alvvays don't belong to the same list".
And it is easy to see why. Vocalist Molly Rankin who looks like a young Debbie Harry has an incredibly emotive voice which emphasises the pure underlying melancholy of her lyrics. It's a refreshing attribute in an Indie world of over-done emotion. The live performance here in Paris portrayed an energy much needed in the Indie music scene. Two Fender Jaguar wielding guitarists backed up by an extremely smooth and atmospheric keyboard performance of Kerri MacLellan showed how effortlessly on top Alvvays are right now. By the climax of the set and as their hit song 'Archie, Marry Me' rings out and the Parisian crowd broke into "Hey Hey" with full heart and together with their now iconic grungey guitar fuzz, Alvvays truly did bring the house down.
Several online magazines and reviews compare Alvvays to the C86 scene, however we can't disagree more. Many various influences are on show tonight within their waves of guitar reverb and the fact that they cover cult bands such as The Primitives and Deerhunter's B-side from 'Microcastle' only underline this versatility.
A reminder that we need Indie-Pop bands in our lives.
Alvvays, Le Badaboum, Paris, 7/10.