Vancouver’s The Get Arounds: Power-Pop Pioneers Ignite with ‘I Wanna Live The Get Arounds
Reviewed by Sam Lowry

Vancouver’s The Get Arounds ignite the indie-rock scene with their infectious power pop sound in their latest release, “I Wanna Live,” blending influences from punk legends to create a high-energy album that balances familiarity with innovation.

In the heart of Vancouver's indie-rock scene, The Get Arounds are making waves with their infectious power pop sound. Their latest offering, "I Wanna Live," comes roaring to life with all the punk-rock fervor that's synonymous with the genre, drawing inspiration from the likes of the Sex Pistols, Blondie, and more.

The band's latest music video for "Black And White" showcases their commitment to their craft, and the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into creating just a three-minute musical journey. Shot with Wazo Productions, owned by Kelly and Juniper from the band Clone, this visual treat was filmed at the Powell Street Studios, a multi-use recording and production space in Vancouver. It's here that The Get Arounds' lead singer, Lana Ryma, channels her reflections into the song's potent lyrics.

"Black And White" resonates with a sense of nostalgia, encapsulating the bittersweet realization that friendships can drift apart over time. It's a testament to life's ever-changing nature, a sentiment that's skillfully encapsulated in the song's chorus, which originated from a memorable acid trip experienced by guitarist Carman.

The band's music is a dynamic blend of influences ranging from Ace Frehley's guitar prowess to the rebellious spirit of the Sex Pistols and the infectious melodies of Blondie. Carman's songwriting philosophy revolves around capturing a feel and sound rather than adhering to rigid preconceptions. His approach allows their music to evolve naturally, ultimately delivering tracks that stick in your brain and refuse to bore.

The Get Arounds comprise Lana Ryma on vocals, Carman Lethbridge on guitar, Paul Albert on bass, and Eric Lowe on drums. Formed during the COVID-19 lockdown, the band emerged from a creative cocoon, crafting songs and honing their sound. Lana's transition from drummer to lead singer was a revelation, and her distinct voice has become the band's defining feature.

With the addition of Paul Albert and Eric Lowe, longtime collaborators, The Get Arounds are rapidly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with in Vancouver's music scene. "I Wanna Live" marks their debut full-length album, featuring 14 tracks primarily penned by Carman and expertly recorded and mixed by the talented producers Rene D La Muerte and Jason Solyom.

The album proudly embodies the spirit of "Don't bore us, get to the chorus," delivering high-energy rock and roll that strikes a perfect balance between the familiar and the innovative. The Get Arounds are riding the wave of their unique sound, promising an electrifying experience for fans of power pop, alternative rock, and indie-rock alike. In an ever-evolving musical landscape, The Get Arounds are a breath of fresh air, and "I Wanna Live" is a testament to their infectious energy and unwavering passion for music.

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