If you were wondering how Paper Bag would fill the void created by Tokyo Police Club's move to Saddle Creek, look no further than Montreal trio Winter Gloves. Like TPC, they deliver a frenetic batch of distortion-heavy rock tunes. But they're also not afraid to tackle the synth or bring it down a notch, as they do on the acoustic-guitar-driven Glass Paperweight.
This is a formidable debut - sure to get a ton of repeat plays - but there is room for improvement. Some of the tracks sound like they could have been written by any proficient indie act, and Hillside falls a little flat. But make no mistake, Winter Gloves are a Canuck act to watch.
Winter Gloves play the Virgin Festival at Toronto Island on Sunday (September 7).