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Welland, ON-based rock band The Mandevilles have long been a mainstay in the Canadian music scene, touring and playing for fans across Canada and Europe. On November 25th, they released their Junkie EP featuring their previous hit of the same name, as well as four other brand new tracks – including the focus track “Wasn’t Always”- all with the true grit, depth, and rock ‘n roll style that the band is known for.

Says the band of the new EP, “When we were writing the songs that make up the Junkie EP, we didn’t think there was a concrete underlying theme. But, ultimately most of the lyrics end up being about whatever’s going on in your life at the time. The band started laying things down in the studio – what we thought were just gritty demos turned into really incredible recordings with our friends and co-producers, Neil Morrissey and Ryan Defoe.”

Serena Pryne (vocals) adds, “I was heartbroken, so there’s a lot about the death of that relationship in there.”

The focus track, “Wasn’t Always” is Serena’s favourite on the record. “To me, it picks up where ‘Turn a Blind Eye’ left off. It’s some of the best songwriting we’ve done,” she says, referring to the single from the 2012 album Goodnight Golden Sun.

About the previous single, “Junkie”, that the EP is named for, the band says, “’Junkie’” felt like the right song to start off the project. It starts with a cool slicey guitar that Nick had written that grabs your attention. It feels like it’s steeped in some blues, but is still rock ‘n’ roll. There’s a solid 90s vibe, paired with a modern guitar sound. As we were writing the record, that song always felt like it was complete and ready to go from the beginning. It wasn’t the first song we wrote, but it was the first that we recorded. We would often use it as reference for other songs throughout the process. So, when tasked to choose the jump-off point, this was the natural choice.”

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