Published Jun 04, 2013Rootsy Vancouverites Factories and Alleyways released a self-titled EP last year, and now they've compiled those songs along with some new ones for the debut full-length Canadiana. Ahead of the official June 11 release date, you can stream the full 10-track collection.
The album mixes country, rock and folk influences and gives a uniquely Canadian spin on styles that are often described as "Americana." The album's Canuck-oriented tunes include "My Brother," a harmony-filled shuffle about labour unrest in a British Columbia town, and "Life Is Now," an overdriven folk rock number that, according to a press release, "reminds us that…we live in one of the greatest places on Earth."
Elsewhere, "Sing to Me" is a twangy gallop featuring strummed banjo, "Right Now" sports barroom piano and Elvis-style vocal quirks, and "The Back Door" adds a hint of reverb-kissed atmosphere to its electric guitar licks.
The album was recorded at the Hive with Jesse Gander (Japandrois, the Pack A.D.). It will be available in the usual CD, vinyl and digital formats. The band will release it with a hometown show at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver on July 20. See the band's tour schedule below, and listen to the album below that.
6/13 Winlaw, BC - The Cedar Creek Cafe
6/14 Kelowna, BC - The Grateful Fed Pub
6/15 Kamloops, BC - Pogue Mahone Irish Alehouse
6/16 Vancouver, BC - Car Free Vancouver Day
7/20 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret