Wares started a few years back as the solo project of Edmonton musician Cassia Hardy, but it since evolved into a four-piece indie rock band who are set to release their second full-length album, Survival, on April 24 via Mint Records (pre-order). The album was recorded with Jesse Gander, who's got a real knack for making hard-hitting rock bands sound great in the studio (he's also worked with White Lung, Japandroids, Brutus, and more), and the new single/title track is a very good example of Wares' hard-hitting rock. It sounds a little like late-period Sonic Youth, whose fans will probably dig this, but Wares make it their own. It's also about a pretty powerful topic, as Cassia explains:

On May 30th, 2019, Alberta’s Conservative Premier, Jason Kenney, repealed Alberta's Carbon Tax. A celebratory press event scheduled at a gas station had to be canceled, due to thick smoke from a 1300 square kilometre wildfire nearby in Treaty 8. I wrote the lyrics to this song in one sitting that afternoon, a spastic pressure release after days of tense, hazy twilight.

The personal work and healing explored on this album culminates in community, uniting in love, rage, and hope for a better life. Our only way to survive is by leveraging our collective power, dismantling the 1%, and recognizing Indigenous sovereignty across Turtle Island.

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