BC-based electro-pop outfit Van Damsel, will release their statement-making, long-awaited self-titled debut album independently on April 22, 2016 in North America. The new record is the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed 2013 sophomore EP The Sunshine, Girl. The album will be available to pre-order via iTunes and the band’s webstore on March 4, 2016. Fans who pre-order the record will receive infectious singles “Best of Everything” and “Sophia” as Instant Grat downloads.
Produced by Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Paper Moon) and Van Damsel and recorded at Echoplant Studios in Vancouver, Van Damsel features 11 tracks that seamlessly weave organic indie rock with glossy synth pop and blur the lines between styles and eras by bridging now with then, digital with analog, sparkle with substance.
“This LP represents our broader palette, incorporating more influences than we have in the past,” drummer Matthew Barron says about the album, which finds everything from EDM to new wave to hip-hop being injected into Van Damsel’s already-infectious template of hook-laced and danceable indie rock.
It’s a sound that tastefully borrows from genre benders like Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem, and even contemporaries like The 1975, resulting in a fresh mix with massive mainstream appeal. From the undeniably dancey first single, “Best of Everything” and ‘80s-inspired groove-based bliss of “Sophia” to the swirling, ethereal charm of “Circular Symphony” and even the sexy sax lead on “People in the City,” the record is as diverse as it is decadent.
Named after the title track from Dillinger Escape Plan’s seminal album Miss Machine, Van Damsel is Barron, Matthew “Renny” Rennehan (bass), Rich Bregoliss (lead guitar, synths) and Sebastien Ste Marie (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, synths). Since bursting onto the Canadian indie-pop scene in 2013, Van Damsel has amassed a heap of accolades on the back of their powerful and propulsive live show, which they’ve taken across Canada twice and also played a big part in their $50,000 finish in the 2015 edition of BC’s prestigious PEAK Performance Project. They’ve earned slots supporting the likes of Tokyo Police Club, Mother Mother, and Yukon Blonde, and whether it’s a festival main stage or packed club, Van Damsel brings their unique energy and empowering message to the masses. “We want people to walk away from a show feeling inspired,” Barron adds – “inspired to do whatever it is they want to do, to pursue it with passion and persist through challenges.”