Release date: March 9, 2018
The debut album from Vancouver post-punk quartet ACTORS, It Will Come to You, sounds very much like an 80s record. So much so that you could be forgiven for thinking it was a rediscovered classic.
Listening to it, I was reminded of the soundtrack to the movie Drive (particularly during the track ‘Crystal’). In the same way that movie looked and felt extremely 80s but wasn’t actually set in the 80s, this record manages to stay relevant and contemporary despite those strong influences.
Stylistically, ACTORS sit somewhere between post-punk and new wave — the bastard child of Joy Division and the Cure but with much of the dreariness stripped away. It is even, at times, distinctly poppy, but the musicianship of the band’s members prevent it from taking that final, irredeemable step into being actual pop.
That synth-pop sound is neatly balanced by an underlying darkness. While the tracks on this album are eminently danceable, a little attention to the lyrics reveals a brooding intensity that ACTORS spiritual forebears would be proud of. In fact, you need look no further than track titles like ‘L’appel du Vide’ (The Call of the Void), ‘Bury Me,’ and ‘Slaves’ for that darkness to start making itself felt.
It Will Come to You also benefits from excellent production. Shimmering synth and guitars are expertly layered with Jason Corbett’s vocals, which somehow manage to mix nonchalance and intensity.
Recorded in Vancouver at frontman Corbett’s own studio, Jacknife Sound, It Will Come to You by ACTORS is released on March 9, 2018, by Toronto’s Artoffact Records. You can get hold of the record in both digital and physical formats on Bandcamp.
If you like the band’s sound, check them out live at the Rickshaw Theatre on Saturday, March 10, for the album release show.