Alvvays - Pharmacist

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole

Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Kevin Cole, host of Drive Time on KEXP, is "Pharmacist" by Alvvays, from the 2022 album Blue Rev on Polyvinyl.


 
Subscribe Here:

Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts Overcast Podcasts  Pocket Casts  Stitcher

photo by Eleanor Petry
written by janice headley

Canadian indie-pop quintet Alvvays return this fall with Blue Rev, despite numerous misfortunes that came before it. A thief stole a recorder full of demos from frontwoman Molly Rankin's apartment. The very next day, a basement flood nearly ruined all the band’s gear. On the plus side, they recruited two new band members — drummer Sheridan Riley and bassist Abbey Blackwell  — but, on the bummer side, COVID-related border closures prevented band rehearsals. 

But the band perservered to craft their most mature (and longest!) LP yet. Keyboardist Kerri MacLellan and guitarist Alec O’Hanley contributed more to the songwriting process this time, adding fresh perspectives to their melodic sound. 

Blue Rev is named for a "sugary alcoholic beverage Rankin and MacLellan used to drink as teens on rural Cape Breton," and the songs within express that sweet, dizzy, exuberant feeling. 

 Blue Rev will be released October 7th via Polyvinyl, with an October 22nd date at The Moore Theatre in Seattle. 

More From Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by John Richards, host of the Morning Show on KEXP, is "Geronimo" by Young Fathers, a 2022 single on Ninja Tune.   …

Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by John Richards, host of the Morning Show on KEXP, is "Entropy" by Beach Bunny, from the 2022 album Emotional Creature on M…

Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by John Richards, host of the Morning Show on KEXP, is "El Bueno Y El Malo" by Hermanos Gutiérrez, from the 2022 album El Bu…

Click anywhere to return to the site