Originality, great songs, and a firm grasp of guitar-driven indie pop

  • Friday 5 July
    19:00, Arena

With strong songwriting, poetic lyrics and a sound that pays clear homage to 80s guitar pop and indie, Canada's Alvvays have established themselves as one of the hottest alternative pop acts right now.

Jangly guitars, noisy passages and melancholic ballads carry on the legacy of acts like The Smiths and Teenage Fanclub, while the band themselves reference the likes of Magnetic Fields as inspiration for the almost literary tone of the lyrics. At the same time, the catchy songs feature both quirky synths and almost folky passages, all of which contribute to making Alvvays a sophisticated and charming acquaintance.

Already the self-titled debut album from 2014 secured them attention and critical acclaim and landed on several lists of the best albums of the year. The subsequent two albums Antisocialities (2017) and Blue Rev (2022) have both received the prestigious recognition as Best Alternative Album at the Canadian Juno Awards, and the international press has also praised the releases to the skies.

With Blue Rev, they have created the most complex release of their career, maintaining the catchy and intelligent songwriting, but adding more layers and nuances to the frayed and jangly arrangements. On stage the quintet also manages to elegantly balance noise and beauty, melancholy, and musical curiosity. A must-hear for all fans of modern indie pop at Roskilde Festival.