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JULIE AND THE WRONG GUYS – ‘Self Titled’ Album Review


Julie and the Wrong GuysJulie Doiron is returning to music after a five-year hiatus with a new self-titled LP under the name Julie and The Wrong Guys. This time around, the Canadian singer-songwriter and former Eric’s Trip member will be accompanied by a backing band featuring members of the Toronto hardcore outfit Cancer Bats plus fellow music veteran Eamon McGrath.

The ten track album begins with some dirty guitar chords and pounding drums of Love And Leaving with Doiron’s vocals dripping with velvet and honey with a hint of malice. The music drives along with a barely restrained power that juxtaposes well with the melodic vocal delivery and “whoo hoo, hoo” backing vocals. With four and a half minutes to play with, the band tries some almost sludge metal mid-section with a build into some raw power for the climax…wow is the only word that comes to mind!

You Wanted What I Wanted is grungier in sound, again lengthy with some spoken word vocal versus mixing well with the screamed chorus and its screeching guitars! It is the first single from the album and you can see why with its raw garage rock appeal mixing with a very catchy chorus. The third track of the ten on this album, Condescending You goes full on grunge with the Cancer Bats rhythm section crafting a solid foundation for the meandering guitar and plaintive vocals. The band keep up the noise levels with Heartbeats with the soft verses setting up a raucous set of rocking guitar riff “choruses.” On Tracing My Own Lines Julie and The Wrong Guys explore some space with a clockwork rhythm and mournful guitar setting the stage for a breathy vocal. The track clocks in at over six minutes allowing a subtle and slow build up to a couple of serrated guitar section and mellow keyboards all contributing to an excellent atmosphere.

Call My Own Shots has the head nodding and feet tapping with some changes of pace and power whilst Farther From You takes on a Pixies like approach. The restrained power continues onto Calm Before The Storm with a ballad style vocal over some subdued guitar chords that eventually launch into an eclectic rock and roller replete with soaring guitar solo – really enjoyed this track!

Second to last is Broken Pieces/Barely Cold with some pop sensibilities full of melody and it is followed by the closing track, Hope Floats where the band go full on shoegaze and, boy, do they do it well….excellent stuff.


Julie and The Wrong Guys is out 9th September on Dine Alone.

Tour dates:

09/07 Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe*
09/08 Guelph, ON @ eBar*
09/09 Hamilton, ON @ Supercrawl 2017
09/21 Windsor, ON @ Phog Lounge*
09/22 London, ON @ Call The Office*
09/23 Vankleek Hill, ON @ Beau’s Oktoberfest
09/30 Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
10/01 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
10/02 Kelowna, BC @ Fernandos
10/03 Rossland, BC @ Flying Streamshovel
10/05 Red Deer, AB @ International Beer Haus
10/06 Calgary, AB @ Palomino
10/07 Edmonton, AB @ Up + Downtown Festival
* with Casper Skulls




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