ALVVAYS at the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Friday (June 14), 10 pm. NXNE wristband or $15. nxne.com.
Molly Rankin uses the word "always" a lot in our conversation.
People are always referring to her band as "(featuring Molly Rankin)" - she would love it if they stopped that. The group considered other band name options, but there was always something not quite right.
"Obviously there's the feminine product," says Rankin of their moniker, "but if you pretend it doesn't exist, it's the perfect lens; it has the right sentiment to it."
The relatively new dream pop band, which also includes Brian Murphy on bass, Phil MacIsaac on drums, Kerri Maclellan on keyboards and Alec O'Hanley (formerly of Two Hours Traffic) on guitar, recently changed the spelling of ALVVAYS to sidestep potential legal issues with another same-named major-label band.
The change also makes the band far more Google-able - good timing, considering the group has just completed a debut album produced by Chad VanGaalen.
"His guitar sounds are great," says Rankin of VanGaalen. "And [the way he records] percussion is creative."
The lyrics, too, are imaginative yet grounded in everyday reality. I think I can decipher a reference to Lippincott Street in Ones Who Love You, for example.
"Yeah," she says. "I can't believe you made that out. Brian works at Aunties and Uncles and sometimes I do, too.... We're just sort of always around there. Well, not always."
If you like ALVVAYS, also check out Mike O'Neill at the Great Hall, Friday (June 14), 10 pm; In-Flight Safety at the Great Hall, Saturday (June 15), 1 am, both NXNE wristband or $20; or Dance Movie, tonight (Thursday, June 13) at the Painted Lady, 10 pm, NXNE wristband or $12.