DUCKS LTD. – ” 18 Cigarettes “

Posted: July 8, 2021 in MUSIC

Toronto’s Ducks Ltd. (fka Ducks Unlimited) will release new album “Modern Fiction” on October 1st via Carpark Records. If you like the jangly pop of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, you will probably find ’18 Cigarettes” worth checking out. “The thing I came to love about the song after watching that performance over and over again is that it’s a song that kind of tells on itself,” says singer/guitarist Tom McGreevy. “It’s a really raw emotional expression from someone whose capacity to talk about their feelings is stunted and they’re cut up about it. ‘18 Cigarettes’ is kind of an attempt to do a different version of what that song does.”

Toronto’s Ducks Ltd. the bright jangle-pop duo of Tom McGreevy (lead vocal, guitar, bass, keyboards) and Evan Lewis (guitar, bass, drum programming), accomplish the impossible. The pair craft songs that play to very specific inspirations without drowning underneath them—immediately evidenced on their critically acclaimed EP, Get Bleak, and sharpened on Modern Fiction, their debut LP. “The Servants, The Clean, The Chills, The Bats, Television Personalities, Felt,” Evan rattles off. “Look Blue Go Purple” is one I reference a lot with our production.” Echoes of ‘80s indiepop abound, but they never overwhelm. This is not a nostalgic record, after all, nor is it a derivative one. Instead, across 10 cheery-sounding songs, Ducks Ltd. explore contemporary society in decline, examining large scale human disaster through personal turmoil (hence the title, taken from a university course called Gnosticism and Nihilism in Modern Fiction, influenced by Graham Greene novels. Bookish indie fans, look no further.)

“18 Cigarettes” is taken from Ducks Ltd.’s forthcoming album, Modern Fiction, out on Carpark Records / Royal Mountain Records on October 1st, 2021.

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