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      Canadian indie-poppers Alvvays crafted a sound that incorporated elements of the British C86 scene, the American twee movement, and the '00s dream-pop revival; their cited influences ranged from The Magnetic Fields to Deerhunter. The roots of the band lay in the youthful collaboration of singer/guitarist Molly Rankin and keyboardist Kerri MacLellan, who grew up together on the Canadian island of Cape Breton. A crucial moment came when guitarist Alec O'Hanley entered into the fold. They formed Alvvays in 2011 with bass player Brian Murphy and drummer Phil MacIsaac, establishing their home base in Toronto. With indie-pop auteur Chad VanGaalen producing, the band released its first, self-titled album in 2014 on Polyvinyl in the U.S. and on Royal Mountain in their homeland. By this time, the band had undergone its first personnel shift, with new drummer Chris Dadge coming aboard in place of MacIsaac. The record landed Alvvays on a multitude of albums-of-the-year lists as well as the shortlist for Canada's Polaris Music Prize. A couple of the songs gained some significant traction on college radio. After a hearty round of touring that found the band hitting some of the major festivals in England and America, they started work on their follow-up album. The second Alvvays LP, Antisocialites, was finally released in 2017. The album found Alvvays pursuing a similar style to their first outing, but with a bit more polish to the production, courtesy of noted American indie producer John Congleton. Subsequent to the record's release, another change came to the drum stool, with Sheridan Riley taking up the drumming duties for the band's fall tour in support of the album.