You may have heard The Saint Alvia Cartel’s “Don’t Wanna Wait Forever” on 102.1 The Edge this summer. Like, two blagillion times. If you happen to like the song, you should probably go check the band out this Thursday, October 4, at the Reverb, as part of the Union Label Group’s annual Union Tour. If you don’t like the song, you should probably still give the band a shot; “Don’t Wanna” is easily the weakest track on their fantastic self-titled debut, which mixes reggae, punk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll the way The Clash did so perfectly on London Calling. Saint Alvia may not be the only band that matters yet, but they’re still one helluva solid act, a fact that anyone who’s taken enough time to absorb their record in its entirety can attest to. Composed of current and former members of 905 punk rock royalty (Grade! Jersey! Boys Night Out! Video Dead!), the band may hail from just outside Toronto city limits, but they possess an urban grittiness in their sound that simultaneously recalls the Hammersmith Palais and the end of East Bay.
Also partaking in this year’s tour are ska vets The Toasters, Torontoist favourites The Flatliners, and Swiss psychobilly trio The Peacocks.
Photo courtesy of The Saint Alvia Cartel.