Dreamy post-punk unit, Mundy’s Bay, recently announced their upcoming full-length debut album, Lonesome Valley, out 13th March via Pure Noise Records. The Montreal-based four-piece have also released the album’s second single ‘Visions Of You’ a hooky cut of hazy guitars and effervescent melodies. Engineered and produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Joyce Manor, Code Orange), Lonesome Valley seamlessly melds shoegaze grandeur with effervescent melodies and the evocative lyrics of vocalist/keyboardist Esther Mulders to make a sound that’s invitingly familiar yet fresh and distinctive to Mundy’s Bay.
Listen to ‘Visions Of You’ HERE or by clicking the image below.
Mulders expanded on the song’s meaning saying: ‘Visions of You plays on themes of distance, loneliness and sadness. It is about finding small parts of someone you are longing for in passing moments. The instrumentals were a huge inspiration for the song, because I wanted to write lyrics that would pair well with the emotive changes and climaxes it creates.’
Guitarist Victor Beaudoin adds: ‘When we wrote this song we were looking for a larger sound, something we thought could be expanded on after recording our previous EP Control Room. We wanted the different synth sounds be more present and let our songs breathe a little more. The drums were inspired by some of our favorite drum-machine patterns we have come to love from listening to more and more electronic music.’
The members of Mundy’s Bay (Mulders, guitarists John Donnelly and Victor Beaudoin, bassist Will Love) met in Montreal’s punk and hardcore scene, but set out to form a band with no stylistic confines. That highly collaborative and open approach to writing, along with a shared love of ‘80s and ‘90s musical touchstones, forms the band’s core sound. Mulder’s warm vocals guide the listener through dream-like explorations of love, loss, and longing, whether she’s singing overtop of chiming guitar passages or waves of reverb-drenched distortion and winding bass lines. It’s an impressive debut sure to please fans of moody post-punk and shimmering guitar pop alike.
Lonesome Valley track list:
2. Seasons Pass
3. Wash Over Me
4. Heavy Bloom
5. Visions of You
7. Window in the Shade
8. Heaven’s Close
9. Sleep Away the Summer
11. J’ai tout perdu
Mundy’s Bay aren’t interested in boundaries. On their debut full-length, Lonesome Valley, the Montreal-based five-piece expertly walk a tightrope of genres, and draw on their highly collaborative writing process and inherent chemistry to create a sweeping sound that can be many things—expansive, cohesive, intimate, universal—but is always compelling.
The members of Mundy’s Bay (vocalist/keyboardist Esther Mulders, guitarists John Donnelly and Victor Beaudoin, bassist Will Love) met in Montreal’s punk and hardcore scene, but set out to form a band with no stylistic confines. “We wanted to let it develop naturally and tried a lot of different styles when we first started playing together,” Beaudoin explains. “Working as a unit is what really shapes the sound. One person brings an idea but since we write together, it becomes its own thing.” That open-minded and cooperative approach, along with a shared love of ‘80s and ‘90s musical touchstones, forms the core sound of Mundy’s Bay. Love adds, “It’s really exciting to work that way because we all hear things in different ways and everyone adds their own personalities and touches to it.” The members see their differences as a valuable asset made possible by their creative bond—an attitude reflected in the culture of their city. “We’re a good representation of Montreal,” Beaudoin says. “We’re half Franco and half English. If you come here, that’s what you’re going to get. And if you chat enough, you’ll find out that we’re all the same.”
That collective spirit is tangible on Lonesome Valley. Following two EPs, 2017’s Wandering & Blue and 2019’s Control Room, the band teamed up with legendary producer/engineer Kurt Ballou (Joyce Manor, Converge, Code Orange) to bring their first full-length to life. The album finds Mundy’s Bay combining post-punk drive and shoegaze grandeur with unabashed hooks and Mulder’s warm vocal harmonies, creating a sound that expertly utilizes their influences while forging a distinct identity. Opener “Goodbye” introduces this kinetic blend as Beaudoin and Donnelly’s shimmering guitars weave around the steadfast rhythm section. The song bursts into an anthemic chorus with Mulder’s lyrics establishing the album’s recurring motifs of love, loss, and longing. “I like to be universal with lyrics and leave room for the messages to be interpreted by the listener,” she explains. “I’m inspired by what the guys write, they spark ideas for me and vice versa.” Beaudoin adds, “Esther’s synths and melodies are instrumental to the way we write songs. She guides us.”
Tracks like “Seasons Pass” and “Sleep Away The Summer” display the contrast between bright instrumentals and Mulder’s yearning words that marks much of Lonesome Valley—the former a bouncing cut of effervescent indie pop; the latter highlighted by chiming piano accents and an uplifting final refrain that could have topped the ‘80s charts. Elsewhere, moodier textures take centerstage, like the fuzz pedal stomping intro of “Wash Over Me” or the explosive bridge of “Window In The Shade.” Beaudoin explains, “Writing ‘Window In The Shade’ was the first time that we collectively finished a song and it really felt like a band. We’ve been playing it live for a long time and it keeps morphing and changing into something new along with us as a band.” The energetic “Dreams” offers hints of the group’s roots in punk, but filtered through lush guitars and Mulder’s knack for melody. “I get a lot of inspiration from dreams,” she says. “Sometimes I’m trying to capture feelings rather than specifics. A lot of the writing process is about not knowing what you’re looking for but knowing when you’ve found it.”
It’s a sentiment that inadvertently embodies Mundy’s Bay—a willingness to be open and vulnerable, to challenge and explore. It’s only made possible by the trust the members have in each other and it’s what allows Lonesome Valley’s bold sound to stand apart. As Love puts it, “We don’t really see ourselves in a specific scene. We don’t really fit in but that’s what makes us feel free.”