Victoria, BC, Canada
Bridal Party spans pop music’s omnivorous genre expanse with groovy precision, landing their hooks in just the right places to keep ears perked and crowds bobbing to their nostalgic yet contemporary sound. The band is poised to drop their sophomore LP, Cool Down on February 15, 2023. Their upcoming work speaks from interstitial moments, the pivot-points from which real change may emanate, and the deja vu that comes from realising who one has always been. Cool Down celebrates the value of taking a moment to collect oneself and reassess. It is their most stylistically cognizant and emotionally resonant music to date. Forming in 2015 amidst Victoria, British Columbia’s vibrant DIY scene of experimental club nights and vibrant house shows, Bridal Party began as a sharing of songs between vocalist Suzannah Raudaschl and guitarist Joseph Leroux. That effort culminated in the beachy, effusive Hot Daze EP, ripe with lighthearted bossa nova and indie rock references, while alluding to the end-of-the-world deliriousness that the fire season was imposing on the west coast. The project quickly expanded and now includes Adrian Heim on drums, Lee Gauthier on bass, and Jordan Clairmont on keyboards. In 2017, Bridal Party linked up with producer Connor Head to record Negative Space, including the band's first breakout track, the cheekily melancholy “Fruitless”. Built from a guitar progression Leroux initially heard as a throw-away, “Fruitless” showcases Raudaschl’s vocal range and narrative wit, placing her stylistically somewhere between Joni Mitchel and Debbie Harry, distinct in her unpredictable yearning and melodic patterning. It also signalled the band’s stylistic shift towards 80’s and 90’s pop references, and a move towards a less guitar driven, more synthetic sound. In the wake of Negative Space, Beatroute Magazine called Bridal Party, “a perfect marriage of indie pop and soul.” Over the next two years Bridal Party embraced DIY touring, sending themselves across Canada and down the west coast of the US multiple times, developing a reputation as a tight and experienced live act. The band began recording their debut LP Too Much in 2018, right after returning from their first tour. Informed by their experience on the road and painstakingly produced and mixed by bassist Lee Gauthier, Too Much came out on cult Vancouver indie label Kingfisher Bluez, and is a record of the group’s growing pains both personally and stylistically. The album took Bridal Party to the #2 slot on the !earshot top 50 chart for two weeks and kept them in the top 50 for two months. Over the next two years the band wrestled with the burnout of DIY touring and self-production. They returned to work with producer Conner Head, centering Raudaschl’s voice and clarifying their sound, inspired by studio pop of the 80’s and 90’s, ultimately creating a record about checking in with oneself during moments of change.
Fri 3/24 6:30pm: Bridal Party at The Olympic
Sat 3/25 8:00pm: Bridal Party at Cyclops