The search for genuine rock ‘n’ roll can be a fruitless one. The dodgy back alleys is where you’ll find the Manvils, a Vancouver trio who comes at you with an immediate sonic punch to the gut on its self-titled second full-length release. Although the Manvils owe a drink and a debt of gratitude to its predecessors, including the Tragically Hip on the tumbling yet uplifting “Substation” and Them on the harmonious sway of “The Stoker”, the band harnesses these sounds remarkably and adeptly, creating a vibe all its own. Lead singer and guitarist Mike Manville emits an omnipresent howl that not only keeps the record afloat but directs its ebb and flow. “Madame Guillotine” shakes with fervent emotion and may be the one to bring the house down, but ever the students of history, the Manvils will probably build it up again soon enough.
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