"Royal Canoe... [are] mad scientists of pop." - Les inRocks
"The genre-defying Winnipeg 6-piece unleash the restraints on inspiration allowing their sound to traverse territory that more referentially self-concious pop groups wouldn't cross...an expansive, communal electro-pop experience worth getting a grip on." - CBC Radio
"I've said it several times before -- and I'm sure I will again -- but Royal Canoe is one of the best, and most unique, live bands in Canada right now." - 3 AM Revelations
"Music as exciting to watch being made as it is to hear...these Canadians own a sound that's at once incredibly intricate, and simply enjoyable" - Consequence of Sound (Top 10 bands of CMJ 2012 feature)
Royal Canoe is a group of musicians on a mission to construct ambitious, inventive music. To complete this mission they are armed with voices, guitars, effects pedals, drums, basses, home-made samples and a six-keyboard super-weapon. The songs are thick with catchiness, rich in rhythm and are consistently pushing against the boundaries of pop music.
They spend almost every day in a shit-hole rehearsal space writing hooks, singing through effects pedals, 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 and manipulating bits of old records.
The band calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home – the enigmatic prairie city, which has served artists as both an abundant, creative watering hole and a debilitating quagmire. The city's mood swings from euphoric summers spent biking with beers, fence-hopping residential pools and climbing abandoned roof-tops to harsh, bitter winters that are countered first with defiance, then self-loathing, then denial, then "you've got to be fucking kidding me." Royal Canoe's songs are, in part, an effort to make sense of the resentment and romanticism of the city's divergent identities.
In 2012 the band released two EPs (Purple & Gold, Extended Play) to critical acclaim, played just shy of 100 shows around North America and gathered tons of buzz at the CMJ Music Marathon, where they were named the "Sleeper Hit" of the fest by KCRW and landed spots of "Best of CMJ" lists from Consequence of Sound and the New York Times. 2013 is set to be a breakout year for the band, who will release a full-length record and continue tour everywhere.