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On the Record with Molly Rankin of Alvvays

"I don't even think I'll ever own a house at this point."

click to enlarge Alvvays - PHOTO COURTESY OF SHERVIN LAINEZ
Photo courtesy of Shervin Lainez

Last year, Toronto's Alvvays burst down the aisle with an infectious single ("Archie, Marry Me") and debut album. This weekend, the band plays a free show at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. CP talked to lead singer Molly Rankin about a missed show, cynicism toward marriage and a life outside of music.

What happened at the border when you missed opening for The Decemberists in Pittsburgh a couple months ago?

There are certain borders that are more scrutinizing than others ... and this one was rejecting our T-shirts. It's just, like, a gray thing, depending on how big you are as a band. Sometimes you go through and they demand that you have a carnet, which is really expensive. For us, it doesn't financially make sense.

Many of your songs seem to have a traditional approach to marriage and romance – what inspires that?

There's kind of a misconception about "Archie, Marry Me"; it's really kind of making fun of traditional marriage. That's still a huge thing at home, where you find a wife and find a job and buy a house and start a family, and things are so different now economically and environmentally. I don't even think I'll ever own a house at this point.

If you weren't playing music, what would be your dream job?

Initially, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I feel like at this point, I would want to be some kind of social worker where I help young kids going through bad patches or something — help to counsel them.

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