Royal Canoe Sign To Paper Bag Records, Reveal Video For New Single RAYZ
Royal Canoe has announced they have signed to Paper Bag Records to release a brand new album, Waver, January 25th, 2019. The Winnipeg sextet also revealed the video for their brand-new single "RAYZ" along with a North America September/October tour, before hitting the UK + Europe in early 2019 (all dates below).
Listen to or purchase "RAYZ".
Pre-order the album here.
With Waver, Royal Canoe are steering into new terrain. The sun-flared polaroid life of previous albums is exchanged for a miraged-out, ominous landscape. The band still has their kaleidoscopic, beat-driven heart, but these songs play with the absurdity of modern life. When truth is optional, when the most volatile people have the most power, when reality becomes irrational - what do you anchor to?
Creating the album felt like a reset - an exercise in following the seed of inspiration to its end point before deconstructing and rebuilding. "Whenever we begin working on a new album we throw everything out, even if it worked last time, just so we have no chance to rest on our laurels," says singer Matt Peters, "On Waver we set out to create leaner arrangements and clearer melodies - less between us and the listener." They wanted to mine new corners of their sound and find new places to go.
After all, Royal Canoe's music has already taken them a lot of places. Around the world to play over 400 shows from Kiev to California, on tours with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club, to major festivals like Bonaroo, Iceland Airwaves, and Osheaga, and to Atlanta to work with Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter). Their records have received critical acclaim: a nomination for 'Alternative Album of the Year' at the Junos, 'Best Independent Album' at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and love from music press and devoted fans the world over. They wrote music for and performed a musical version of Shakespeare's "Richard II" and performed their sophomore album in its entirety with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
09/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
09/14 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
09/16 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
09/17 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
09/18 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
09/20 - Calgary, AB @ Hi Fi Club
09/21 - Edmonton, AB @ Temple
09/22 - Saskatoon, SK @ Emmanuel Baptist Church
09/30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
10/03 - Ottawa, ON @ 27 Club
10/04 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G
10/05 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G
10/06 - Montreal, PQ @ Bar Le Ritz
01/25 - Baden, CH @ Werkk
01/26 - Bulle, CH @ Ebulition
01/29 - Prague, CZ @ Roxy
01/30 - Berlin, DE @ Katnine Berghain
01/31 - Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache
02/01 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
02/05 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
02/06 - London, UK @ Thousand Island
02/08 - Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up du Label
Photo Credit: Sam Katz