“I unabashedly love pop music,” explains Fine Times singer Matthew Moldowan. “I couldn’t consider doing anything else.”
This, in a nutshell, explains the Vancouver duo’s reason for being. Longtime friends Moldowan and bassist Jeffrey Josiah Powell have been striving to achieve pop perfection since founding Fine Times in 2010. Their self-titled album came out on Light Organ Records in 2012, charting nationally on !earshot’s campus radio charts and earning nominations at the 2013 Indie Awards and the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Now, Fine Times has upped its game with a hook-filled batch of songs recorded with The Zolas’ Tom Dobrzanski at his Monarch Studios. With mixing by Dave Bascombe (Charli XCX, Depeche Mode), the songs blend ebullient melodies with an undercurrent of lyrical darkness, seamlessly incorporating synth-spiked new wave, bass-blasted industrial pop and bubbly dance-rock.
“We really wanted to get the songs as short as possible,” Moldowan says. “Those are the kind of pop songs that I like. Get in, get out.” Although new album plans aren’t yet decided, fans can expect these singles to emerge over the coming months, both on the radio and during Fine Times’ electrifying full-band live sets.