Picture yourself in a Judd Apatow film, struggling to get your childhood crush to like you, or dealing with life’s twists and turns in the most awkward fashion imaginable. Now imagine the kind of steady but light-hearted indie music that would be playing in the background, and you sort of get the feel for Montreal-based Winter Gloves.
With soothing vocals sweeping over some catchy but unimposing keyboard or synth beats, it seems only too appropriate that the band characterizes their music as healing and easy listening on their MySpace page.
Not to say that everything they have to offer is calm or low-key, with songs like "Party People" utilizing a little rock guitar set at a tense pace. Throw in a Wurlitzer and glockenspiel to their instrumental repertoire, and you can see why Winter Gloves have managed to stand out in the growing synth-rock genre.
With some tour support from indie well-knowns like Tokyo Police Club and Thunderheist, and a few notable gigs at the Virgin Festival and Osheaga in Montreal, it’s little wonder this band keeps showing up in music magazines across the country (see Chartattack and Exclaim!). For a taste of their sound, you can buy album Without a Girl here.
If nothing else, just check out the flip pad music video for song "Let Me Drive", and appreciate the innovation and effort that went into the production. It's a visual wonder.
Winter Gloves online
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