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Sound can often conjure color. It’s an acute phenomenon that adds another dimension to music. It’s not just hearing, but also seeing. Montreal electronic music duo Adventure Club—Christian Srigley and Leighton James—architect a similar sensory experience on their 2016 full-length debut, Red // Blue [BMG], rooted in the deft balance at the heart of their signature style.
“There’s always been a pretty strong dichotomy of bangers and more emotional moments during our live shows,” says Christian. “In the studio, we started playing off that back-and-forth between the fiery, energetic material, Red, and the soothing and calming, Blue. Rather than choosing one or the other, you feel that pull in both directions.”
Leighton agrees, “We wanted to showcase our musical abilities in crafting songs you can listen to at night before going to bed as well as songs you can listen to before you go out and rage.”
That dichotomy has defined Canada’s Adventure Club since they first emerged in 2010 and embarked on a wild ride to the upper echelon of electronic music. Along the way, their breakout hit “Wonder” [feat. Kite String Tangle] from the 2013 debut EP Calling All Heroes amassed over 10.8 million Spotify streams and earned a Gold certification in Canada. Meanwhile, they notched 10 HypeMachine number ones, syncs on MTV’s Teen Wolf and Eye Candy, and created high-profile remixes for Brand New, Thrice, Alexisonfire, and Metric as well as collaborating with Krewella on the hit “Rise & Fall.” In addition to packing houses on their headline Superheroes Anonymous Tour, they ignited stages at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and many more. Expanding the tonal palette, the multi-instrumentalists craft dancefloor-ready music, embracing traditional instruments like guitar, piano, percussion and more.
However, Red // Blue would represent a series of personal and professional evolutions for the pair.
“There were two big changes,” Leighton goes on. “We got sober, and we built our own studio in Montreal. Sobriety jolted our productivity and efficiency. We could muster up ideas way quicker, and the days started earlier. Our attention went into music creation 100 percent.”
“Partying is definitely an aspect of this industry, but it was a matter of prioritizing” admits Christian. “When we were each throwing back a bottle a night, we thought it was giving us energy, but we’d lose a day recovering afterwards. The energy is even higher without it. The inspiration comes in so much stronger when you’re being more ambitious and direct in your intent. As for the studio, we always did the bedroom thing before. We should’ve gotten it done earlier, but we can blame the partying for that too,” he laughs.
Holing up in their new creative headquarters, the boys dove headfirst into crafting the vision for Red // Blue over the course of 2016. They introduced the album during the summer, unveiling the ethereal groove and shuffling synths of “Dreams,” boasting vocals from Norwegian chanteuse ELEA and stoking anticipation for the impending body of work. Now, the first official single “Firestorm” [feat. Sara Diamond] builds from lithe guitar, grooving handclaps, and resounding keys into the heavenly, hypnotic refrain, “I’m a firestorm.”
“The lyrics portray the force of nature a firestorm embodies in form,” explains Christian. “We’ve been touching on this theme of reckless abandon, throwing caution to the wind, and experiencing more viscerally. It’s a dominant theme throughout the record. You’re not stopped by inhibitions or social boundaries. You’re living.”
Whether it’s the chilled-out swell of “Forever” [feat. Ben Stevenson], the intoxicating aural bliss of “Reaction” [feat. Leah Culver], or the soulful sendoff of “Goodnight,” showcasing Christian’s own powerful pipes, Red // Bluecomes to life in vivid technicolor.
Ultimately, Red // Blue welcomes full immersion of all the senses and kicks off Adventure Club’s brightest phase yet.
“We’re going for a deep feeling,” Christian leaves off. “I’d love for someone to finish the album and walk away with a slightly altered perspective on a situation they’re in. Their eyes are open. Hopefully, it’s a formal of emotional inspiration that goes a little deeper. We want to put you in a different space where you take something new from it every time you listen.”
“We focus on writing songs first and foremost,” concludes Leighton. “It’s about maintaining that integrity to give the audience more, and the song becomes an experience.”