Royal Canoe have premiered the video for “Birthday”. Directed by Scott Cudmore, the video is the newest release from the band’s debut LP Today We’re Believers out now on Roll Call Records. The Canadian six-piece is currently touring the UK and Europe and will be returning to the US to play Glasslands Gallery in NYC on November 20th.
‘Today We’re Believers’ LP Tracklisting
01. Today We’re Believers
02. Hold on to the Metal
03. Just Enough
04. Exodus of the Year
06. Button Fumbla
07. Show Me Your Eyes
12. If I Had a House
11.14 – London, United Kingdom – The Black Heart
11.15 – Brighton, United Kingdom – The Hope
11.16 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Fallow Cafe
11.20 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
11.21 – Kingston, Canada – Queens University
11.22 – Quebec City, Canada – Le Pantoum
11.23 – Montreal, Canada – M For Montreal @ Divan Orange
11.24 – Toronto, Canada – The Garrison
A six-piece ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms. It’s one thing to reference a particular style, or even a range of styles. It’s another thing entirely to grab huge handfuls of sounds from pretty much anywhere, throw them all together and come up with something both cohesive and totally distinctive—something that also happens to ripple and crack with energy. This is what Royal Canoe does best.
For live shows, they’d rather lug hundreds of pounds of keyboards, mixers and pedals across the continent (very much like a voyager canoe, in fact) than rely on lengthy backing tracks. They actually play every part, every time. And while their van is packed with hardware, much of that hardware is, in turn, crammed full of widely-sourced samples and adoringly homemade sounds. Their fearlessness about using whatever they feel like is grounded, not in recklessness, but in a decisive confidence.
In 2012 alone, Royal Canoe released two independent EPs, Extended Play and Purple & Gold. They took part in Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival, arranging and performing a portion of Beck’s Song Reader, an album released as sheet music and published by McSweeny’s.
They have cited their hometown as a core influence for their work, in particular, Winnipeg’s extreme perpetual cycle through euphoric summers under gigantic prairie skies, to near-debilitating winters that instill their own intense, almost aggressive energy into the psyche. While the 2012 EPs feel more consistently located in hot open spaces, more about floating in strangers’ backyard pools without them knowing and biking all sweaty down roads that don’t actually end, Today We’re Believers leans more heavily into urban side of things, cruising the downtown core at night with streetlights fractured and smeared by frost patterns on the windows. The full cycle is balanced out.