Douse is an art rock project from New Westminster, BC. Since their formation 4 years ago, Douse has evolved into a progressive and dark collective, yet still feels lush and somehow natural. Its three members share diverse influences, ranging from progressive and post-punk, to world music, to its folk roots. The result is a balance between violence and softness; sharp guitars push against orchestral ambiance and unconventional percussion. This contrast creates a stunning atmosphere that has been described as “devastatingly beautiful” and “deeply introspective; brooding and elevated by emotive, cinematic soundscapes” (The Revue).
Releasing their Offerings* EP in 2013 and follow-up singles Flies/Lancaster * in 2014, the group has appeared on UK blog Independent Music News‘ list “Top 50 Unsigned Acts From Canada” as well as being named “Band of the Year 2014” by The Permanent Rain Press.
The following year was spent touring Canada and playing numerous festivals, and the winter saw their album material coming together. The band spent the spring of 2016 recording with Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde) at The Hive and their dark, pensive, debut album The Light in You Has Left was released October 1st, 2016. The record appeared on multiple “Best of 2016” lists (Beatroute BC, Inside Vancouver) and immediately charted on CBC and college radio all across the country. Their album release show was celebrated by opening for Canadian experimental-indie giants Royal Canoe.
The band burst into 2017 with a glowing recommendation from The Georgia Straight, appearing on their “Top 5 Vancouver Bands To Watch in 2017” list, and CBC’s “10 Emerging Artists To Watch” will be spending the year touring nationally to promote the album.
Douse is Alea Clark (guitar/vocals), Patrick Farrugia (guitar), and Jeremiah Ackermann (drums).
* Released under the name Alea Rae