Cigar Club burn the candle at both ends with the smokin’ new tracks …Aliens and Swimmin’ In Gold — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The double-sided single, accompanied by a video for the spaced-out …Aliens, offer the first preview of the Toronto rockers’ upcoming debut album Day, Now, arriving in May.
…Aliens is an instant classic: a pummelling rock-meets-punk track driven by one of the tightest drum and bass duos of the year. Drummer Tyler Booth and bassist Jeff LeFort really pack a punch together on this one. Better yet, the pair’s backing vocals — joined by rhythm guitarist Trevor Coughlin — complement frontman Dan Amato-Gauci’s own smashing delivery. “This song is so much fun to play,” enthuses Coughlin. “It’s fast and has gang vocals and a wicked drum intro that’s just like, ‘Let’s go!’ ”
Meanwhile, Swimmin’ in Gold is led by a raucous, awesome display of twin guitar riffage from attack Trevor and Dan. The latter rips a face-melting solo towards the end, before being interrupted by Jeff’s bass solo. The result is magnificent and emotional chaos, with Trevor singing his heart out throughout. LeFort dubs it “fast-paced, balls-to-the-wall, heavy-hitting, hard rock ’n’ roll.” Booth adds it’s “the most demanding track on the album,” and was inspired by Queens of the Stone Age’s 2002 release Songs for the Deaf, delivered with the intensity of Megadeth’s brand of thrash-metal.
Oddly enough, Cigar Club kicked off their career in 2016 after bonding over their mutual love for John Mayer’s music. Though soft rock and blues (with a hint of soul) was once their game — and will forever be a part of their style — it wasn’t until Dan, Trev and Jeff found Tyler that they found the harder-hitting sound displayed their self-titled debut EP in 2019. Before the release of Day, Now on May 20, Cigar Club have two more singles on deck: Like White Flats In Winter is due March 20, with From A South East Asian Two Bedroom Condo arriving a month later.