First Rate People

“You Won’t Get This Joke At All” is one of the first great songs of 2013 from a band certain to breakthrough this year.” – Pop Matters

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First Rate People sound like the future. Drawing on a diverse range of influences from pop, electronic, and r&b, the Torontonians bump, grind, and bounce like nothing that came before them. And after touring sold-out theatres and festivals across the northeastern US and Canada in 2011, the world began to take notice: glowing reviews from indie-tastemakers Pitchfork (US) and la Blogotheque (France) reflected a growing global fan base; the Guardian (UK) declared them “the best band in Canada” for November of 2011. Encouragement from people like Jens Lekman, Vincent Moon, and Matt Berninger (The National) blew the group’s collective mind. And that was just the beginning. Mastered by Milan Schramek at the Lacquer Channel in Toronto, First Rate People’s forthcoming LP demonstrates a newfound confidence; the songs reflect all the emotional upheaval and maturity that comes with one’s mid-20’s. Few artists can make you laugh, think, and move at the same time; First Rate People accomplish all of this and then some.