30 Under 30: Alvvays Frontwoman Molly Rankin

Meet the Canadian women who are changing the world. Prepare to be hella inspired by Molly Rankin

(Photo: Miguel Jacob)

(Photo: Miguel Jacob)

Musician / 27
Twitter: @alvvaysband

Molly Rankin has music in her marrow: her father was the fiddler and pianist for Cape Breton, N.S., group the Rankin Family, known for its jaunty Celtic jigs. But Rankin went in a different direction. As the lead singer and a guitarist for the Toronto indie band Alvvays, she looks like Debbie Harry and sounds like a ’50s dream girl, her sweet voice floating over fuzzed-out synths and clamorous strings. “We’re pop. Or pop rock. Or guitar pop,” she explains. “I also had a huge thing for Céline Dion as a kid. Some of those ballad tendencies still shine through.” Last year, Alvvays released its self-titled debut album, a sugar-crusted collection of epic, echoing tracks. The record was a critical sensation—Rolling Stone placed it on its best-of-2014 list, and music geeks everywhere anointed Rankin their new indie crush. Currently on tour, Rankin and her bandmates are always working on new material in their downtime. Next up? “I intend to finesse some droney fiddle layers.”

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