beloved rock band Alvvays returned last month with the single “Pharmacist” and news about their upcoming album, their first since 2017 antisocialists-title blue rev, which will be released on October 7 via Polyvinyl. While five years isn’t an insane amount of time to produce a collection of songs, it wasn’t the band’s intention to keep us waiting that long. Adding to the pandemic, a burglar stole the band’s demos from singer Molly Rankin’s apartment and the next day a flood ruined the band’s gear. For some reason the universe didn’t want the world to have another Alvvays album – although the universe was running out of time to prevent the release of blue rev.
Today, the band shared the latest single from that release, “Easy on Your Own?” The track begins with a tangle of edgy distortions and a light drumbeat before the band goes into full swing. Rankin’s haunting voice washed in reverb is reminiscent of indie rock stalwarts like The Strokes or The Vaccines. The lyrics list an array of major life changes – dropping out of college, breaking up a relationship – all leading up to a terrible question for the chorus: “Is it getting easy on your own?” Suddenly it sounds like a cathartic cry for blissful independence, stability, and peace.
Listen to “Easy on Your Own?” below.