The City Gates are a Canadian post-punk and shoegaze band. If you haven’t heard of them before, you should listen up! With their second album “Age of Resilience”, the Canadians present a first-class longplayer from the popular genre.
After releasing their Forever Orbiter album in 2018 on Northern Light Records (who has released albums from Actors, Black Ferns, Leathers, Rev Rev Rev), Montreal post-punk, shoegaze outfit The City Gates returns with their awaited forthcoming LP Age of Resiliencevia their own imprint Velouria Recordz in collaboration with Icy Cold Records. The City Gates draw its influences in their 80’s and 90’s alternative musical taste, and artists like The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Chameleons, The Sisters of Mercy, Slowdive, Sonic Youth, and Love and Rockets.
If you like The Chameleons, Slowdive, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Sisters of Mercy, Love and Rockets or Soviet Soviet this band is the one for you.
The press reviews about the release were great:
“Age of Resilience offers an opus of eleven charismatic tracks of richly emotional melancholic soundscape, heaping on reverb, fuzz, and delay”. -Post-punk.com
“Inspired by ’80s/’90s dark alternative acts, the band create looming to fulminating atmospheric numbers that swirl with resounding guitar ascension, tugging bass lines, strictly hit drums beats, and sonorous, longing vocals”. -The Big Takeover
“Highly infectious music from one of Canada’s foremost postpunk and shoegaze artists… a highly powerful aural punch. This is dark bliss in sonic form” – The Spill Magazine
“Best new band of the Universe” – Michael Stock, Part Time Punks
The City Gates - Photo credit: Laurine Haddock
“Age of Resilience” presents a sound of nostalgic glimmers of raw, intense, melodic and powerful textures. According to Post-Punk.com, the LP offers 11 tracks of “dark melancholia aesthetical soundscape, heaping on reverb, fuzz, and delay”. It also features the band’s three singles, Cape of Good Hope, Siegfried 1969 (feat.Vlimmer) and Roman Empire, released throughout the years 2019 and 2020, which have reached several top song charts.
The City Gates album is inspired by the historical and social realities of the last decades. In addition, “Age of Resilience” refers to the lyrics of the band’s single “Cape of Good Hope”, which talks about resilience.
“Over the past two years, we, as a band, have had to deal with a lot of things: death, divorce, mental issues”, says bassist Jean. “We can add to that the contemporary social turmoil. Then, the Trump presidency, this worldwide pandemic, and the fact that we, band members, are not young adults anymore. In a sort of way, our fighting rebellious days are long behind us. You get what for us represents our age of resilience.
“Age of Resilience” is available on vinyl, CD, cassette and digital.