ROYAL CANOE – HOLD ON TO THE METAL
I am torn when having to use the term “hometown”. In total I spent eleven years of my life in Winnipeg, five years in random other cities, and fourteen years in my current place of residence – Calgary. This may mean that I should really call Calgary my hometown, but most people have a desire to root for the underdog, and since Calgary is a booming economic hub, I tend to wear my Jets hat more often. Therefore, my heart warms a bit more when I hear a great Royal Canoe song versus, let’s say, a great new Tegan and Sara song. And with Hold on to the Metal, my heart is toasty. The Winnipeggers tap in to their inner-Animal Collective, giving their pop structure sensibilities a good dose of quirky. Like Caught in a Loop, it feels summery and fresh, but instead of feeling minimal in its approach, Hold on to the Metal truly feels like a six man band. What sounds like banjo, handclaps, background vocals, synthesizer, keyboard, guitar, drums and drum machine pile on top of each other to make a grand sound. It is a reminder that Winnipeg is truly one of the best places to celebrate the warmest season. It sure feels great to have hometown heroes.