Montreal’s Laureate takes many cues from its southern neighbor’s pop-punk history: bass that bounces over doubled guitars, call-and-response harmonies, and a post-chorus confession of twenty-something dread. That being said, the instrumental muscle exposed in this Canadian quartet, fully displayed on their full-length record Landmarks, is heftier than some of the spongy acts in America. On the self-aware cut “Western Medicine,” the final quarter of the action gets devoted to more soloing than solitary chord patterns after treating listeners to a well-constructed medley of ringing strings and equally vibrant vocal patterns. Stream the lyric video for the track below from the band’s Jump Start Records’ debut.
Landmarks is available now on white (limited to 120 copies) and transparent blue/purple 12″ vinyl via Jump Start.