Toronto’s Ducks Ltd prep debut LP, share new single ft. The Beths

Toronto duo Ducks Ltd make jangly guitar pop that feels especially indebted to the '80s UK indie scene, with the band citing Television Personalities, Felt, and The Servants as inspiration, alongside New Zealand Flying Nun groups like The Clean, The Chills, and The Bats. The band are gearing up to release their debut album, Modern Fiction, which will be out October 1 via Carpark Records.

The album opens with "How Lonely Are You?" that roars out of the gate like The Wedding Present with a rush of furiously strummed guitars before breaking open into dreamier pastures. The song also features backing vocals from their labelmates The Beths. “This song is about personal connection in an environment that is hostile to it, and about friendships with people who are physically distant,” the band's Tom McGreevy says. “Me and Evan have both moved around a lot, and have friends in far off places we don’t see as often as we’d like. In fact, we partly made this record while Evan was living in Australia and I was in Toronto. Some of those friendships are extremely important to me, and the song is kind of about grasping for those lifelines when it’s particularly difficult to believe that things are going to work out, or if there’s even any point in trying.”

You can watch the video for "How Lonely Are You?" below.

Ducks Ltd have a couple of record release shows planned: Toronto on October 1 at The Garrison with Jane Inc and Sister Ray, and Brooklyn on October 10 at The Broadway with Emily Reo. They've also got a UK tour in February. All dates are listed below.

1. How Lonely Are You?
2. Old Times
3. 18 Cigarettes
4. Under the Rolling Moon
5. Fit to Burst
6. Patience Wearing Thin
7. Always There
8. Sullen Leering Hope
9. 'Twere Ever Thus
10. Grand Final Day

Ducks Ltd. – 2021/2022 Tour Dates
Fri. Oct. 1, 2021 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison w/ Jane Inc. and Sister Ray
Sun. Oct. 10, 2021 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Broadway w/ Emily Reo
Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
Sun. Feb. 20, 2022 – London, UK @ Windmill Brixton
Tue. Feb. 22, 2022 @ Bristol, UK @ The Crofters Rights
Thu. Feb. 24, 2022 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Fri. Feb. 25, 2022 – Birmingham, UK @ The Victoria
Sat. Feb. 26, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ YES (Mood Swings Nights)
Sun. Feb. 27, 2022 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Mon. Feb. 28, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Tue. March 2, 2022 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House