When vocalist Meg Warren got tired of singing opera and pined to make her own music, a new stream of indie pop was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The result is Repartee, who will be releasing their debut album, All Lit Up, on April 29th via Sleepless Records. In addition to an exclusive Toronto show on April 7th, the band will embark on an extensive Canadian tour commencing with a hometown show on April 29th (full details listed below). Check out the album trailer here for a taste of what is to come on All Lit Up!
Fuelled by catchy melodies, fantastic production and sharp songwriting, All Lit Up is a blend of personal tracks about life experiences, resonating with the band’s live energy and visual presentation. The album is a true depiction of Repartee’s visual aesthetic and artistry that exudes positive vibes and fun times. Their standout single, Dukes, was produced by Young Wolf Hatchlings, and is filled with raw power. You can check out the track here. As Warren sings, “Come on over, let’s settle it right. Put your Dukes up, cause I’m ready to fight, for you,” she paints a relevant picture of passionately fighting for someone, or something.
“In general, we like to think that we’ve grown as a lot as writers, producers, players,” Warren comments. “While many of the songs pull from different influences and inspirations, I feel like this album is more cohesive than our last recordings. I’m super proud of where we are and how far we’ve come together…and I’m unbelievably excited to start touring and playing all of these songs for new audiences across the country.”
After enlisting the talents of some of Newfoundland’s greatest rock and pop musicians (guitarist Robbie Brett, drummer Nick Coultas-Clarke and keyboardist Josh Banfield), Repartee quickly went from the grimy bars of their home-province, to sharing the stage with the likes of LIGHTS, Tegan and Sara, Dragonette, Arkells, and more. They have won five MusicNL Awards and in 2013 they were nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Rising Star Recording of the Year, performing at the 2013 ECMA Gala.
In the last few years, the band has toured nationally, and spent time writing new material, which received placements in MTV’s Awkward, Finding Carter and Becoming Us. They were signed to Sleepless Records (July Talk, Allie X) last year and their new album, All Lit Up, is the latest progression in their sound – a tight fusion of top 40 pop and modern indie-rock that “can make you dance ‘without giving a f*ck about how foolish you look” (The Muse).
Repartee will be taking All Lit Up on the road for a cross-Canada tour. Make sure to check out their bright, bold live set when they’re in your city!
April 7th – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall (Toronto Women In Music)
April 27th – Grand Falls, NL – GPCA
April 29th – St. Johns, NL – Rock House
May 2nd – Sydney, NS – Governor’s Pub
May 3rd – Halifax, NS – The Carleton
May 5th – Fredericton, NB – Capital Complex
May 6th – May 8th – Toronto, ON – Canadian Music Week
May 10th – Hamilton, ON – Casbah
May 12th – Guelph, ON – DSTRCT
May 13th – London, ON – Rum Runners
May 14th – Oshawa, ON – Moustache Club
May 16th – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog
May 18th – Ottawa, ON – Zaphod’s
May 19th – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse
May 20th – Sault Ste Marie, ON – LopLops
May 21st – Thunder Bay, ON – Foundry
May 25th – Winnipeg, MB – ThePyramid
May 26th – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Hall
May 27th – Edmonton, AB – Mercury Room
May 28th – Calgary, AB – Ship & Anchor
May 31st – Rossland, BC – The Flying Steamshovel
June 2nd – Kelowna, BC – Doc Willoughby’s
June 3rd – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
June 4th – Nelson, BC – Spirit Bar
June 7th – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar and Grill
June 10th – Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid
June 11th – Kenora, ON – Bijou Steakhouse