When asked to name a Victoria band with a distinct sound, the first group that comes to mind is Bridal Party. Their debut EP, Hot Daze, combined doses of lazy surf, dreamy bedroom pop and cool blues; tunes that would easily set the scene of smoking weed in your parent's basement in the seventies, if your parents had a penchant for pastel paint hues. In their new release, Bridal Party has tightened up their act with more prominent keyboard jams and a more minimalist style of drumming. The lyrics maintain their easily-relatable, melancholic twinge with a delivery so fascinating that you have to listen carefully to hear the plight of vocalists Joseph and Suz amongst the toe-tapping tunes that accompany them. In “ATTN Whore” Suz’s pitch-perfect voice takes center stage in front of a groovy beat and electric jolts of synth. “LBC (Lonely Boys Club)” dishes out a more chilled-out feel with keys that give a slight gospel vibe, a guitar riff reminiscent of Hot Daze days, and the sweet vocal stylings of Joseph Leroux.
Bridal party continues to provide us with a great blend of genres and sounds that they are known best for. In “Attn Whore” and “LBC”, this five-piece has managed to bundle the teen-dream feeling of their yesteryear and reproduce it in a more mature, cleaned up package that so many can relate to, reminisce with and bump through their speakers over and over again.
- Max Monday