BY Josiah HughesPublished May 19, 2016

Calgary act Novelty play a sort of thinking person's pop punk, offering sweet melodies and dissonant guitars alongside thoughtful lyrics. Their new single "April," which Exclaim! is happy to premiere today, is a pleasing listen — but it tackles some seriously dark subject matter.

"Personally, when I wrote the lyrics for 'April' I was thinking more so about my experiences back home in the reservation," frontman Curtis Lefthand tells Exclaim! "And having relatives suffer through sexual abuse and domestic violence, sometimes visually seeing it, or hearing it and not being able to do anything about it.

"We're not a political band, though as a First Nations person, you are a political entity at birth. It's more so knowing and experiencing these things and not being able to do anything about it at that point in my life was heartbreaking."

Listen to Novelty's fantastic new "April" single below. The group will perform a record release show at the Palomino in Calgary on July 18.

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