2013 is looking to be a breakout year for the six-piece Canadian outfit Royal Canoe. The Winnipeg natives just signed with Roll Call Records for the release of a full-length album later this year in the U.S., and they're gearing up for a heavy few months of touring that include stops at SXSW, dates in the U.S. and Europe, performances with Fol Chen, Of Montreal, ON AN ON and more.
The band garnered serious buzz at the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon, where KCRW named them the "Sleeper Hit" of the festival, stating "their super inventive sound is unbelievably rich and catchy," and landed on "Best of CMJ" lists from Consequence of Sound, New York Times and more.
In 2012, Royal Canoe released two EPs (Purple & Gold, Extended Play) which both received critical acclaim.
Royal Canoe is a group of musicians on a mission to construct ambitious, inventive music. Armed with falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, tambourines, shakers, two drummers and a six-keyboard super-weapon, their sound is thick with catchiness, rich in rhythm and are consistently pushing against the boundaries of pop music. The band is Matt Peters (vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar), Bucky Driedger (electric guitar, vocals), Matt Schellenberg (keyboards, vocals), Brendan Berg (bass, keyboard, vocals), Derek Allard (drum kit), Michael Jordan (electronic drums).