Douse is an art rock project from New Westminster, BC. Since their formation 3 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).
Their first release, titled Offerings*, received earnest praise internationally, appearing on Independent Music News’ list of “Top 50 Unsigned Acts From Canada”, and was commended as “[doing] indie-folk a favour” (MITNG).
The next year saw the debut of their Flies/Lancaster* single, marking a departure from their folk, singer-songwriter beginnings and launching into a fuller, richer sound. The release generated distinction for the group when track Lancaster shot from college and co-op radio to regular rotation on multiple nation-wide CBC radio programs, including Laurie Brown’s, The Signal. Approaching the new year, the group was voted “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 debut album The Light in You Has Left was released October 1st, 2016.
Douse is Alea Clark (guitar/vocals), Patrick Farrugia (guitar/backing vocals) and Jeremiah Ackermann (drums).
* Released under the name Alea Rae