By Jovana Golubovic
VANCOUVER – Bridal Party are unlike anything in the local music scene. Granted, they are from across the water. The Victoria-based group balances between a vintage and modern sound, fusing plush jazz stylings with playful indie-pop. Somewhere between the hooks of Hall and Oates and the ambience of Broken Social Scene lies Bridal Party. Each soul-drenched track is instantly captivating with exquisite chords and undeniable groove. Sensitively and proficiently performed, each player compliments each other like curtains to a rug of a luxurious boudoir.
Bridal Party consists of vocalist/guitarist Suzannah Raudaschi, guitarist/vocalist Joseph Leroux, drummer Adrian Heim, keyboardist Sean Kennedy, and bassist Lee Gauthier. Recorded at Tugboat Studios, the band employed a more collaborative writing approach on their latest EP, Negative Space, than on previous releases. “This is the most cohesive thing we’ve ever done,” says Leroux, “It feels like the beginning of something bigger.” Still taking on the bulk of the writing, Leroux and Raudaschi now present their material to the band deliberately unfinished, allowing room for synergy. “When you have [a song] written on guitar for one person, it’s hard to distribute that and make it sound like a song for a five-piece band,” explains Leroux, “Everyone’s writing in a more similar sound now. We now know what we want to sound like.”
Inspiration for Negative Space came largely from coping with the difficulties of human relationships or, as Leroux puts it, “trying to be a good and kind person in an increasingly strange world.” Pleasantly obscure lyrics depict bittersweet themes and everyday interactions. Citing TOPS and Homeshake as musical influences, Bridal Party is equally inspired by their robust local music scene. “Victoria is so lush and diverse for how small and isolated of a place it is,” says Leroux. “It’s a blessing.”
The band left their island city this summer to embark on a cross-Canada tour, honing their live set while enchanting anyone within ear-shot. “You spend most of your time in car, you don’t know where you are,” says Leroux as I wonder if he will use the rhyme for a future lyric, “in the evening you get to play your songs and it becomes grounding.”
“It becomes not a routine,” chimes Raudaschi. “But second nature.”
With only a couple EPs under their belts, Bridal Party are proving to be serious songwriters and a memorable new act.
Bridal Party perform at the Waldorf on November 11.adrian heim, joseph leroux, lee gauthier, sean kennedy, suzannah raudaschi, tugboat studios