9th September | Thekla
For a gig that ticks all the right boxes, Alvvays are the real deal. Classic singalongs, exciting new material, and some lighthearted banter took the crowd on a journey of pure bliss and excitement.
Back on board the Thekla for their second time in Bristol, the loveable Canadians brought a smile to everyone’s face. Kicking off with perfect pop song ‘Saved By A Waif’ from their new album Antisocialites, it was an instant reminder of the band’s ability to write a flawless album from start to finish. Having only released the album the day before the show, the song was unfamiliar to most, but was an instant hit.
A man screamed “It’s been a long three years!” In response to lead singer Molly Rankin’s expression of gratitude to be back on the boat, and the band cracked up whilst launching into ‘Adult Diversion’. The classic debut number was met with dancing and a look of euphoria on a lot of people’s faces. More humorous heckling followed: “MORE REVERB!” which the band no doubt enjoyed – Rankin wittily asking the heckler “Do you want vocals or guitar? Be specific!”
New single ‘In Undertow’ was next, perhaps the best song from Antisocialites – with a chorus that wouldn’t sound out of place on any album. A handful of new tunes followed: ‘Plimsoll Punks’ first, a rebellious, upbeat number to dance to followed by new ones like ‘Hey, Lollipop’ and ‘Not My Baby’. The band brought out a slice of birthday cake and led the crowd into singing Happy Birthday for drummer Sheridan Riley. It was a lovely moment shared, even if the cake “looked like shit” according to Rankin.
A string of bangers led the band up to the encore, including ‘Next Of Kin’, Radio 6 Music favourite ‘Archie, Marry Me’, ‘Dreams Tonite’ and ‘Party Police’. The crowd went wild for the latter – obviously in the mood for a slow jam singalong.
After the encore, during which the crowd demanded not one, but ten more songs, the band returned with debut classic ‘Dives’. The band’s obvious love for what they do, the crowd, each other and the unusual venue turned Thekla into a room full of pure happiness. The heckler was right – it has been a long three years, hasn’t it?
Check out the video for ‘In Undertow’ below.