- Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s folk-chemistry is palpable.
The epically-titled album The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss marries Luke Doucet's famous guitar work with Melissa McClelland's sultry voice. The duo was in the middle of recording in Vancouver, eating lunch at a diner with a glass top table featuring vintage postcards underneath when title inspiration struck. "One [postcard] was of Wonder Woman with that caption and her boyfriend, who's very handsome," says McClelland, "it just stuck." That level of romance might be overdone or cheesy on any other band's record, but this husband-wife duo backs it up with heart wrenching lyrics and the kind of sizzling chemistry on stage that's nothing short of mesmerizing. "Having a band is like a marriage anyway," she says, "it's a really intimate thing...it only makes sense that the fact that we trust each other enables us to make the best music we can by just being able to let go and feed off of each other." They didn't want Whitehorse to be just another folk duo, though, so McClelland and Doucet started adding elements to their live show through a looping pedal which allows them to layer instruments. "It's taken us two years to wrap our heads around it and get the hang of it," says McClelland, but now they're each responsible for a number of instruments, trading off at any given moment, and treating their audience to a unique performance every night. "We kind of have to share a brain in that regard...we feel like touring this record, we got to that point."
Friday, June 14, Marquee, 2037 Gottingen Street, $28/$33