"...sharp-dressed tracks marked by unique characters and a sense of tuneful theatricality.” - The Globe and Mail
"Oh my holy synthesizers, coupled with falsettos reminiscent of Beck from his Midnight Vultures days..." - Discorder Magazine
Royal Canoe is six people using: two guitars, four sets of vocal chords, six keyboards, two basses, a digital and acoustic drum kit and an array of guitar and vocal effects boxes to create challenging pop music. Their rhythm section is 19 feet and 1 inch tall.
Royal Canoe writes meticulously crafted songs that grind against the limits of the pop-genre.
The band calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. They spend almost every day in a shit-hole rehearsal space writing hooks, scrawling lyrics on scraps of paper and constructing heavy beats in odd time signatures. They create samples by running conventional sounds through unconventional pieces of gear, drumming on bathtubs and garbage cans, listening to Big Boi, crunching paper and manipulating bits of old records.
Most of the material is set against the backdrop of Winnipeg (home of The Weakerthans, Guy Maddin, Marcel Dzama), the enigmatic prairie city, which has served artists as both an abundant, creative watering hole and a debilitating quagmire. This complicated, isolated place provides a grounding for the songs that never allow them to trip on their ambition and belie their raw catchiness.
In 2010, the band released CO OP Mode. The album took the band across Canada three times, sharing stages with Forest City Lovers (Out of this Spark), Young Galaxy (Paperbag), The Most Serene Republic (Arts & Crafts), Boats (Kill Rock Stars), Library Voices (Nevado, Dine Alone), Winter Gloves (Paperbag). Royal Canoe has quickly proved themselves as one of Canada's most dynamic live acts.
In anticipation of the band's next release, a digital single (Today We're Believers) and a live-off-the-floor music video (Nightcrawlin') were released. Royal Canoe are releasing an EP in February.