The barren Canadian province of Saskatchewan probably isn’t the first place you’d go if you’re looking for jovial party pop-rock, but after hearing The Way Forward, the debut full-length from Volcanoless in Canada, you might start looking at Saskatchewan a little differently. The crisp, beach-party vibe of the record runs as far away from the traditional notions of the province as possible and keeps the torch burning the entire way. A clean, radio-ready-production value gives the potent harmonies of the three acoustic guitarists a nudge in the right direction, as the rhythms aren’t complex enough to warrant sufficient meddling. The band has perfected the art of transitions as the vocals keep a stellar pace over a variety of bridges, choruses, and the like. The Way Forward stems from unlikely sources but is guaranteed to keep your toes tapping.
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