Album Review: Royal Canoe, Extended Play EP



Monday nights don’t tend to scream awesome show nights, but I was proven wrong this past week when the band Royal Canoe came into my life. This six-piece band hailing from Winnipeg, Canada were an obvious standout at The Double Door in Chicago. As soon as the show was over I had to download their newest 4-song EP, cleverly titled Extended Play.

The EP has heavy effects on the majority of the vocals and some incredibly catchy drum beats, thanks to two drummers, an immediate comparison to Yeasayer came to mind.The opening track,Hold on to the Metal”, has everything you need to get you dancing and bobbing along, maybe even throwing in an occasional clap here or there. Further into the EP a hint of Miike Snow that came through although the band made  it their own.


With fun vocals and ever changing samples weaving throughout the songs, I don’t think it will take this band much longer to sweep through the US and gather up fans left and right. Based on their live show, it’s easy to see why they got so many positive reviews for their SXSW appearances. They have such so much energy it’s contagious and within minutes everyone’s into it. They gave a great show.

They are currently touring through the rest of the month if you are lucky enough to have them come through your city check them out as well as their Extended Play- EP.

Here the band’s upcoming tour dates:

May 6 – Brooklyn @ Spike Hill
May 9 – New York @ Pianos
May 10 – Washington DC @ The Velvet Lounge
May 12 – Detroit @ Garden Bowl
May 13 – Chicago @ Township
May 14 – Minneapolis @ Triple Rock Social Club
May 18 – Regina @ O’Hanlon’s
May 19 – Saskatoon @ Amigo’s
May 22 – Vancouver @ The Waldorf
May 23 – Kelowna @ Habitat
May 25 – Calgary @ Palomino Social Club
May 26 – Edmonton @ Pawn Shop