BAEBLE FIRST PLAY: 'Love You Like That' by Royal Canoe
    • MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2016

    • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch

    [Photo Credit: Jaclyn Campanaro]



    It was back in 2014 when I saw Royal Canoe open for Bombay Bicycle Club at El Rey Theare in Los Angeles, CA. I remember I was with a group of friends and none of us knew about the band beforehand, but after their set, we--along with the rest of the crowd--were surely hooked. We talked about Royal Canoe's set for a while after that and we all agreed that they had such a dynamic, interesting sound that we haven't heard in a while. Every band member nodded their head along to the music in unison, they used wild effects on their vocals, and when we heard them break into their single, "Bathtubs," for the first time, it was like opening up a whole new world of sound.

    After that show, I continued to listen to their album Today We're Believers, but it seemed as if they were starting to run dry with material due to nonstop touring. It's been almost three years since their last album, so today I'm ecstatic to finally premiere their new single, "Love You Like That" off of their new album, Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit, out September 16. Yup, Royal Canoe are back and better than ever. In the new track, it sounds like they decided to stick to their usual sound with gritty bass, groovy quirks, and continue to deliver rhythmic, percussive, synth-heavy goodness, all wrapped into one.

    Vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Matt Peters talked to us about the song, "It's about the beginning of a relationship when you are testing each other, asking questions like 'Who is this person? What is their range? When will they crack? Do I have them figured out?' And then realizing that you've underestimated their capacity to surprise you. You don't know anything Jon Snow."

    In addition to being quirky sonically, the band has always had a knack for lyrics that are a little wonky as well. "We debated for a long time about the lyric, 'the sound of sugar sounds so long' which was mostly a relic of the first bit of jibberish that was used to write the melody. The line beforehand seemed to give it context, 'putting words on a seesaw,' which in the setting of the relationship is those first moments where you're offering bits of yourself verbally and trying to go back and forth together, balance your thoughts with their thoughts, up and down. Then it also was almost literally what we were doing, putting our own lyrics on this seesaw, and in that spirit we kept the lyric. Sometimes you gotta leave well enough alone. We had been playing around with the sound of talk-singing (slow-rapping) for awhile when we wrote this. As a singer this style really forces you to find musicality in new places, so you naturally look to the expressiveness and rhythmic attack of the words. It sort of gives you a free license to be more playful."

    Peters continues, "Ben Allen (Animal Collective, deerhunter) co-produced the album with us and he really challenged us to focus the ideas we brought to the table. We finalized all of the production remotely (we were in Winnipeg, he was in Atlanta), so we would send sessions back and forth. The chorus of this song really started to come together after he laid down the descending bass-synth part in the chorus. Thanks Ben."


    You can preorder the album HERE and see upcoming tour dates below:

    09.08 - Guelph, ON @ Brass Taps Pub
    09.09 - Waterloo, ON @ Maxwells
    09.10 - Hamilton, ON @ Hamilton Supercrawl
    09.15 - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
    09.17 - Lethbridge, AB @ Love & Records Festival
    09.18 - Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station
    09.19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
    09.23 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
    09.28 - Portland, OR @ Holocene
    09.29 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
    09.30 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
    10.01 - Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
    10.03 - Rossland, BC @ The Flying Steamshovel
    10.05 - Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer Market & Stage
    10.06 - Red Deer, AB @ Bos Bar and Grill
    10.07 - Edmonton, AB @ UP+DT Festival
    10.08 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Capitol
    10.18 - Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
    10.19 - Quebec City, QC @ LAnti
    10.20 - Fredericton, NB @ Capital Complex
    10.21 & 10.22 - Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop Explosion
    10.26 - St. Catharines, ON @ L3
    10.27 - Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace
    10.28 - Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
    10.29 - Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
    10.30 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
    11.01 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
    11.02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
    11.05 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
    11.07 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Caf
    11.09 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
    11.12 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

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