Friends since childhood, Alvvays vocalist Molly Rankin and keyboardist Kerri MacLellan began playing music with Alec O’Hanley while in high school.
Rankin is the daughter of John Morris Rankin of The Rankin Family, a group who enjoyed international success in the 1990s. Molly Rankin released a solo EP titled “She EP” in 2010 and then formed Alvvays with MacLellan, O’Hanley (formerly of Two Hours Traffic), and new members Brian Murphy and Phil MacIsaac.
Following tours with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Peter Bjorn and John, the group recorded a full-length album, Alvvays, which was released by Royal Mountain Records (Canada), Polyvinyl Records (US), and Transgressive Records (Europe) in July 2014. Chad VanGaalen, John Agnello, and Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck all contributed to the album’s production.
Simon Vozick-Levinson, writing in Rolling Stone, called the eponymous album an “indie-pop wonder”.
Alvvays went to #1 on US college charts on August 5, 2014.
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