Our debut self-titled album is out August 23, but you can pre-order and save it now HERE. Here’s a preview of the album tracklist and a bit more on the process behind why we chose these songs, as explained by Nick.
“The whole thing came together in a very organic way. During rehearsal, we would try covering a song by Artist A in the style of Artist B for the sheer thrill of it. It was a fun exercise and a good jumping off point for recontextualizing the material. We’d make very quick sketches of these ideas and then go into the studio to flesh them out, and let the arrangements evolve in their own ways. We chose songs that we love, and tried to reshape them in interesting, varied ways.”
Make It Wit Chu
Just What I Needed
Don’t Worry Baby
Please Please Me
A Little Respect
I’m Not In Love
Hold Me Now
“Make It Wit Chu” just landed on the internet! Listen HERE.
We reimagined this mid-oughts Queens of the Stone Age song as a pulsing, electronic pop dance track – as if Kylie Minogue wandered into Daft Punk’s studio. We wanted to keep it dark and sparse, while maintaining the analog elements and energy of a live band. By having a woman sing lead (our very talented Jill Harris), we turned the song on its head to make the lyrical perspective more about female empowerment.
“Make It Wit Chu” is available now, along with B-side “Please Please Me” (The Beatles). Our debut album is out August 23.
“Just What I Needed” and “Don’t Worry Baby” are out… NOW. Listen here.
We’ve put a fresh spin on two of our favourite classics by The Cars and The Beach Boys. “Just What I Needed” in particular is a really special one for us – it’s actually the first tune we started messing around with for our upcoming album of reimagined covers. The Cars’ original is a perfect pop song and one we love so much that we thought it would be fun to see it in a new light. Our version draws out the love song undertones into a more dreamy, introspective take on the new wave classic.
Big shout out to EARMILK for premiering our latest tracks, and even giving us a nice little write up:
“Dwayne Gretzky accomplishes one of the most beautiful things in music: They make us fall in love with the songs we grew up with over and over and over again. And little by little, we start to realize that who we’re really falling in love with is them.”
Taking a dive into studio days practicing our take on ELO’s “Livin’ Thing”. ⠀
Weirdly, Electric Light Orchestra seems to be one of the most under-appreciated bands. They made so many masterpieces, blending pop and classical music in really innovative and theatrical ways, and at the core of these intricately lush arrangements are really great songs. So, we decided to take their song “Livin’ Thing” and strip it down to its bare bones to see how we could reframe it. ⠀
We ended up giving the song a sort of Carole King, 70s FM vibe with big pop/country harmonies in the choruses to keep it super warm and organic. We think this version really came together thanks to Lydia Persaud’s stunning vocal performance.