Flow Julie Doiron’S New Task, ‘Julie & The Wrong Men’

Those ingredients are allowed to dominate the mix as much as Doiron herself, making Julie & The Wrong Guys a fun and freewheeling change of pace for everyone involved.
First Listen: Julie & The Wrong Guys, ‘Julie & The Wrong Guys’toggle caption Scott Wade/Courtesy of the artistIf you’ve gotten to know Julie Doiron’s music through her many solo records, you might well view her as a scruffy chronicler of heartbreak and melancholy — the sort who assesses a breakup by singing, “You got the hard consolation prize / For having to survive.
” But the New Brunswick singer-songwriter got her start amid heavier sounds, as she first made her name with the sweetly ragged, distortion-infused rock of the Sonic Youth-inspired band Eric’s Trip.
“Love and Leaving” kicks off Julie & The Wrong Guys with a chunk of scuffed-up candy worthy of her 1990s work; for all the grit and gristle of the riffs that surround her, the singer gives the track a veneer of summery sweetness.
Courtesy of the artistStill, the crustily charming churn of Doiron’s new album — a self-titled debut for her band Julie & The Wrong Guys — comes as a bit of surprise in light of the softer, sadder work she’d often done in the decade and a half following the demise of Eric’s Trip.

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