Julie & The Wrong Guys – ‘Love And Leaving’ (Dine Alone Records)

Julie & The Wrong Guys – ‘Love And Leaving’ (Dine Alone Records)

A further taste from self-titled LP, the album’s second single, “Love & Leaving” Out 18th August 2017. The band, which is fronted by Julie Doiron of Eric’s Trip, and features Eamon McGrath and members of the Toronto hardcore band Cancer Bats, will be releasing their debut album on September 8th on Dine Alone Records.

Doiron’s partnership with the Wrong Guys began with the band backing her up on shows playing material from her solo records, but for a veteran collaborator like Doiron – whose career has seen her work with a range of artists including Chad VanGaalen, Phil Elverum (a.k.a. Mount Eerie), Gord Downie, The Wooden Stars, Shotgun and Jaybird, and The Tragically Hip – it was perhaps inevitable that their creative relationship would deepen.

Says Doiron; “‘Love and Leaving’ is about admitting out loud that you are ready to actually learn and you are actually ready to love but maybe you still recognise that you might be a little bit afraid to actually do it. We wrote it at Mike’s cabin in Manitoba, which was a great experience. I love everything about playing with the Wrong Guys! I feel strong and supported in this group with the freedom to play as loud or heavy as I want. It’s super fun for me, and these guys always have my back. It’s the best!”

As a band, Julie & The Wrong Guys are creatively solid, a hybrid lying somewhere in-between the alternative and rock signposts, but better still, just to take a listen to the fully realised single, consensus here, rates ‘Love & Leaving’ better than the majority of what’s described as current, with of course noted exceptions, however the single has exhibits style, swagger and commitment most pleasing. 7.7

Steve Janes


North American Tour Dates

07/09 – Toronto – The Horseshoe*

08/09 – Guelph – eBar*

09/09 – Hamilton – Super Crawl

21/09  – Windsor – Phog Lounge*

22/09 – London – Call The Office*

23/09 – Vankleek Hill – Beau’s Oktoberfest

30/09 – Victoria – Lucky Bar

01/10 – Vancouver – The Cobalt

02/10 – Kelowna – Fernandos

03/10 – Rossland – Flying Streamshovel

05/10 – Red Deer – International Beer Haus

06/10 – Calgary – Palomino

07/10 – Edmonton – Up + Downtown Festival

* with Casper Skulls

Pre-order ‘Julie & The Wrong Guys’ here

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Julie & The Wrong Guys – ‘Love And Leaving’ (Dine Alone Records)