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EDITORS’ NOTES

While the album cover sports a look reminiscent of the Ramones, these women have more in common with Le Tigre and the Go Go’s. Guitars clang and rage as much as any garage band's, but the songs themselves have more ... curves, if you will, with a softer pop finish, rather than a razor sharp edge. Singer/guitarist Eden Fineday’s vocals are a cross between Kathleen Hanna’s (Le Tigre) and the sugary tones of Belinda Carlisle (the Go Go’s), and the songs offer enough to chew on and dance to at the same time. Vancougar’s lyrics are clever and personal, and Fineday’s vocals are mixed up front enough that you can feel her regret when she rolls out lines like, “I met you the day after my brother died / I guess I should have taken that as a sign ...”  Keyboards, courtesy Megan Johnson, lend the songs a perky, sweet and sour lining, and they mesh perfectly with Fineday’s aggressive guitar work. Standout moments include the p.o.’d “Vanity” and “Distance,” with their dangerously racing pulses; the maniacally jangly “Phone Calls;” and the great choruses on “Every Car” and “Philadelphia.” The absolutely must-have track is “Obvious,” a sweet, catchy number that could have been done by a punk Marvelettes back in the ‘60s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While the album cover sports a look reminiscent of the Ramones, these women have more in common with Le Tigre and the Go Go’s. Guitars clang and rage as much as any garage band's, but the songs themselves have more ... curves, if you will, with a softer pop finish, rather than a razor sharp edge. Singer/guitarist Eden Fineday’s vocals are a cross between Kathleen Hanna’s (Le Tigre) and the sugary tones of Belinda Carlisle (the Go Go’s), and the songs offer enough to chew on and dance to at the same time. Vancougar’s lyrics are clever and personal, and Fineday’s vocals are mixed up front enough that you can feel her regret when she rolls out lines like, “I met you the day after my brother died / I guess I should have taken that as a sign ...”  Keyboards, courtesy Megan Johnson, lend the songs a perky, sweet and sour lining, and they mesh perfectly with Fineday’s aggressive guitar work. Standout moments include the p.o.’d “Vanity” and “Distance,” with their dangerously racing pulses; the maniacally jangly “Phone Calls;” and the great choruses on “Every Car” and “Philadelphia.” The absolutely must-have track is “Obvious,” a sweet, catchy number that could have been done by a punk Marvelettes back in the ‘60s.

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About Vancougar

Equally inspired by classic punk and retro girl group pop, Vancouver's Vancougar was formed in 2003 by vocalist/guitarist Eden Fineday, bassist Becca Stewart, keyboardist Megan Johnson, and drummer CC Rose, also of the Pink Mountaintops. The following year, the group self-released a demo CD that ended up garnering significant airplay on college radio stations throughout Canada, as well as acclaim from local press and radio. This success led them to record at Vancouver's Hive Creative Labs studio, where Vancougar cranked out their official debut album, Losin' It, in just four days. Losin' It was released by Scratch Records in early 2007, and its hard-edged pop sound attracted enough buzz to win Vancougar a contract with another Canadian label, Mint Records. After touring the U.S., Vancougar entered JC/DC Studios to record their first album on the Mint roster. Canadian Tuxedo ultimately arrived in July 2008. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2003

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