Vancouver’s The Vanrays has released a new album, Put It Out, inspired by classic garage and soul. The band carries on with their tradition of belting out undeniably catchy Motown and Soul tunes with big hooks, big melodies and an even bigger brass section.
The recording sessions for Put it Out began just before the world locked down from the COVID-19 pandemic. Bandmember Gordon Rempel reflected on that time:
“It’s been a journey. We were forced to adapt. With only bed tracks recorded before the lockdown, we were forced to improvise. We remotely finished a couple songs as demos compete with Zoom-like videos that we released as ‘The Social Distanced Demos’ on Bandcamp. Slowly, we completed recording the album, instrument by instrument together and apart. I recorded many of my organ and piano parts in my garage studio. Others ventured into Brian’s studio to record their parts with masks and social distancing.”
The band has also released a music video for “Hard Times,” which was directed Carleen Kyle and shot at the Wise Hall during the pandemic and in the middle of the heat dome.
Check out the video below:
And stream Put It Out in full below!