Jul 08, 2021
By Mark Redfern
Photography by Chritiane Johnson and Laura Hermiston
Toronto-based duo Ducks Ltd. have announced their debut full-length album, Modern Fiction, and shared its first single, “18 Cigarettes,” via a video for it. Modern Fiction is due out October 1 via Carpark. Check out “18 Cigarettes” below, followed by the album’s tracklist and cover art.
The band features Evan Lewis on lead guitar and Tom Mcgreevy on vocals and rhythm guitar.
Producer James Cecil (The Goon Sax, Architecture in Helsinki) put finishing touches on the album and Carpark labelmates The Beths did backing harmonies on three of the album’s songs. “18 Cigarettes” features Eliza Neimi on cello.
A press release says “18 Cigarettes” was loosely inspired by a 1997 Oasis performance of “Don’t Go Away.”
“The thing I came to love about the song after watching that performance over and over again is that it’s a song that kind of tells on itself,” says McGreevy in a press release. “It’s a really raw emotional expression from someone whose capacity to talk about their feelings is stunted and they’re cut up about it. ‘18 Cigarettes’ is kind of an attempt to do a different version of what that song does.”
Ali Vanderkruyk directed the “18 Cigarettes” video.
Modern Fiction Tracklist:
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