Royal Canoe Share “Is This What You Wanted”

Royal Canoe Premieres "Is This What You Wanted" (Leonard Cohen Cover). 'Today We're Believers' LP Out Now On Roll Call Records

Royal Canoe 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.

If you really, absolutely had to reduce Royal Canoe to a single ‘thing’ you could say they catch the moment of explosive, blissful restlessness that hits you when a savage winter finally eases into light, and you feel some actual warmth on those pasty, vitamin-D deprived limbs and all they want to do, suddenly, is move.

‘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
05. Bathtubs
06. Button Fumbla
07. Show Me Your Eyes
08. Birthday
09. Nightcrawlin
10. Stemming
11. Light
12. If I Had a House


10.22 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
10.23 – Quebec City, QC – L’Agitee
10.24 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital
10.25 – Halifax, NS – HALIFAX POP EXPLOSION – The Seahorse Tavern
10.30-11.03 – Reykjavik, IS – ICELAND AIRWAVES
11.05 – Paris, France – FLECHE D’OR
11.06 – Brussels, Belgium – Madame Moustache
11.07 – Berlin, Germany – Berghain Kantine
11.08 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
11.09 – Mannheim, Germany – Forum de Jugend
11.11 – Vienna, Austria – B72
11.12 – Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
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

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