Hailing from Winnipeg, Mulligrub describe themselves as "sad sack anxiety ballad experts" and they're gearing up to deliver their first full-length offering of songs next week. Before Soft Grudge is officially released, though, Exclaim! is giving you an advanced listen to the record in its entirety.
Despite the three-piece's affinity for turning life's morose moments into music, the resulting sound isn't depressing. Churning out melody-based tunes that toe the line between jangly pop and scrappy DIY punk, the band reckon themselves akin to "the female DIY indie twee punk Bruce Springsteen, the Canadian Waxahatchee and the American Alanis Morissette."
Humour aside, it's an apt description that points to their songwriting chops. On Soft Grudge, the group wrestle with emotional baggage that plays out in ways that range from rage to crying into pillows to falling in love. Their Canuck roots get acknowledged too, with references to uniquely Canadian cigarettes, Newfoundland and familiar-feeling suburbs.
You can hear the culmination of those influences converge by giving Soft Grudge an early spin in the player below. The record officially arrives on April 23 — the same date Mulligrub will play a hometown album release show with fellow Winnipeggers Animal Teeth and Cannon Bros. at the Goodwill Social Club.