From the outset, Julie and The Wrong Guys may come across as an unlikely union. Juno award-winning songwriter Julie Doiron began her musical journey as a founding member of '90s East Coast indie-rock icons Eric's Trip, the first Canadian band signed to Seattle's famed Sub Pop Records. Meanwhile, The Wrong Guys are made up of Edmonton-born country/punk troubadour Eamon McGrath alongside Mike Peters and Jaye Schwarzer, the rhythm section of Toronto's metal/hardcore heavyweights Cancer Bats.
Doiron's celebrated career has featured a laundry list of collaborations with the likes of Chad VanGaalen, Phil Elverum, Gord Downie, The Wooden Stars, Shotgun and Jaybird, and The Tragically Hip, and these wide-ranging musical alliances have all prepared her for an effortless amalgamation of the Wrong Guys' respective projects, where Doiron's tender and lyrically evocative songwriting crashes headfirst into the pummeling volume of her bandmates.
Julie and The Wrong Guys' self-titled debut LP was recorded after Doiron returned to her former home of Sackville, New Brunswick in October 2016. The collective has found a distinctly harmonized voice that weaves throughout and acknowledges the vast array of influences across their backgrounds, paying obvious homage to the music that drove these four unlikely collaborators together.
As each member approaches the material with their own very literal insight of endless days across the world's highways, they've come out of the woods with one of the most exciting debut records of 2017. Alongside delicate standout songs like "Call My Own Shots" and the McGrath duet "Farther From You," Doiron also returns to her full-throttle, early '90s grunge/punk roots on ragers like "Wanted What I Wanted" and "Calm Before the Storm."