By Heather Adamson
VANCOUVER — Vancouver indie-darlings Gay Nineties dazzled everyone with their debut EP back in 2011. The buzz about their live performance and fresh sound made them one of the bands to watch in the city and the moniker hasn’t faded. Flash forward five years to the release of their much anticipated debut LP Decadent Days, Gay Nineties are positioning themselves to come out swinging with an album that is ripe for the hype that is already building. “Hype is a funny thing,” muses frontman Parker Bossley. “It doesn’t really exist in Canada. It seems to happen elsewhere and can make its way here, but never seems to originate as a Canadian thing.”
Discussing the state of the Canadian music industry was just one of many interesting topics touched on with Parker Bossley, who was in Los Angeles enjoying a well-deserved glass of red wine after a strenuous workout. “Every day I am down here I try to do a long fitness activity and then I write. Currently I don’t think I can bend down to touch my toes, that is how much pain I am in, but it feels amazing.” This sidebar, among others, was shared with the perfect blend of endearment and bravado, the two qualities we all yearn for in a rock star. He was aloofly cool, yet intensely in the moment as he provided commentary rife with thought provoking opinion which is directly reflected in the new album’s lyrical themes and imagery, chock-full of perspective, personality, and substance. “The overall message of the album is very much reflected in its name (Decadent Days),” shares Bossley. “Everyone is watching the decadence of others. We are watching rich people on TV and we are broke. I wanted to take the glamour out of what is projected because we don’t really see any of it.”
The eight tracks are perfectly crafted, no fillers, with a clear story that demonstrates a deep respect for the recording process and their audience who have been waiting patiently to discover the direction the band would go in for their debut LP. The sound is big, bold, and brash, wrapped up in 1980s inspired pop/punk/rock that plays like a fresh homage with a distinct modern edge. The use of saxophone and synth help carve out the album’s sound with Bossley’s strong, sexy, and sensitive vocals driving each song. Having flown to Nashville on a one way ticket to hijack the creative process, Bossley spent a lot of time in the city of Franklin, including hanging out in Confederate cemeteries at night drinking wine by himself. He returned to Vancouver with over 40 songs. “The band went through all of them together,” describes Bossley. “We demoed so many songs so many times before going into the studio. We had anticipated recording the album over two months and it took us one week. That’s how prepared we were.”
Their recording experience comes as no surprise when listening to the polished result. The album is a testament to them as a band and their commitment to producing music that their fans and new audiences will be quick to embrace with songs you want to both listen to and talk about.
Decadent Days is being released on February 10.BC, British Columbia, Decadent Days, Gay Nineties