The Bicycles’ Drew Smith (left), Matt Beckett, Dana Snell and Andrew Scott will be joined by a few talented friends for their CD launch Saturday.
THE BICYCLES at Lee’s Palace, Saturday (November 8), 8 pm. $10. 416-32-1598.
The Bicycles aren't scared of much. They're not afraid of lengthy cross-Canada tours or putting their faces on a board game - but they are apprehensive about one thing: love.
Their new album, Oh No, It's Love, is a dark, introspective look at the pitfalls of relationships and rushing into dating after a tough breakup.
"You know when you've just gotten out of a serious relationship and you meet someone great but you're not sure if you're ready for something?" asks the band's drummer, Dana Snell. "It's about being afraid of love, of getting interested in someone and then resisting it."
The album, says Snell, is "a bit more mature" than their debut disc, The Good The Bad And The Cuddly. But despite the heartfelt tunes, it's just as fun and bubbly.
If you're not familiar with the band, imagine 60s bubble-gum pop mashed with the poppiest parts of Sloan and you'll get the picture. They play some of the cheeriiest, most infectious music made by anyone in in Toronto - a sound that's sometimes at odds with the foursome's lyrics.
"It sounds really happy, but if you listen to the lyrics it's not all like that," says Snell. "Our music is dark, but it's still within the context of happy pop. It's slightly less sunny pop, but the overall effect is still upbeat."
It's so upbeat that it often sounds like the group are in the midst of an all-night party, and at their CD release show, dubbed The Last Schmaltz, fans should expect just that.
The Bicycles have invited some of Toronto's best to help out at the three-hour party. Super Friendz frontman Matt Murphy, $100 and Laura Barrett are just some of the acts who will grace the Lee's Palace stage.
"It makes it a lot more of an event rather than just us playing another show," says Snell. "It's hard to set a show apart in Toronto. We wanted to have it in interesting venue, but every place is so much money, so we'll have it at a regular club and try to make it a special night."
If you're wondering how a band that can only fill 38 minutes of a record will play such a lengthy show, you're probably not alone. Snell explains that in addition to the group playing their own tunes, they're going to back up other acts such as Sandro Perri and Sebastian Grainger.
And while it's a safe bet that it'll be a fun night for everyone involved, there's no guarantee it'll go smoothly.
As for the new disc, it wasn't just singer/guitarists Matt Beckett and Drew Smith writing songs this time out. Snell contributed one tune,
while multi-instrumentalist (and Meligrove Band member) Andrew Scott wrote three.
"I don't really write songs, so I had this Casio keyboard and poked at keys," says Snell of her song. "Drew was figuring out the chords."
Now they're focused on their Canadian tour and promoting their record. What they're not thinking about is releasing a sequel to their
DVD board game, which was based on their debut disc.
"I don't think we're going to do that again," says Snell, "but I don't know what the new project will be. I'd like to put the record out on vinyl -
that's what I'd like to see."