The members of indie pop outfit Will Currie & The Country French began playing together as music majors at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and soon landed a plush gig opening for Tokyo Police Club in Toronto. They independently recorded debut album “A Great Stage,” and it caught the ear of Sloan’s Jay Ferguson. Ferguson promptly signed Currie & The Country French to Murderecords and gave the LP a proper release in 2008.
Momentum began to build for the band, which released 2011 sophomore platter “Awake, You Sleepers!” to great acclaim on File Under: Music. On the verge of breaking through, however, they went on hiatus so its members could finish school. Ultimately, they disbanded. Earlier this year, Currie & Co. decided to give it another ago and the result is long-awaited third slab “They Killed Us.”
Happily, the record proves well worth the wait. Currie & The Country French have a theatrical bent to their music that reminds me of Rufus Wainwright and the 14-track, 44-minute release makes for a very compelling listen. You’ll know after the first two cuts — the title track and “Mother’s Got a New Son — if this is the band for you, but I’m guessing they will be.
Additional standouts include “Philadelphia,” “Scuttled Down the Rill,” “Danger,” “Beacon” and “Summer Is for Boys.” Closer “La Lune Tire La Maree” is a classical piece featuring guest soprano vocalist Jessica Lalonde. It’s a classy way to bring the proceedings to an end. Enjoy. (Jeffrey Sisk)