“A cathartic shout across the prairie sky, Edmonton outfit Wares’ self-titled debut pairs guitar-led gusto with deeper sentiments worth lingering over”.
– Paul Binlov, Exclaim!
Wares is the name for the noisy, driving, power pop sounds made by Edmonton songwriter Cassia Hardy. Emerging in 2013 with a series of bedroom-recorded EPs, Cassia quickly established a reputation for her captivating live sets. Early Wares performances would often see Cassia and her too-loud guitar wading into the crowd, lyrics screamed over squalls of feedback suddenly cutting to whisper quiet refrains. Nonstop west coast touring, a profile in Noisey, and opening spots for groups like U.S. Girls, Metz, and Cloud Nothings, soon brought Wares to the national spotlight.
More recently, Wares’ eponymous debut on Double Lunch Records has enjoyed widespread acclaim from critics and longtime listeners. Recorded by Calgary’s Lorrie Matheson, Wares takes years of road worn songcraft and distills it to a dynamic forty minutes of music, full of sudden turns. From lovelorn campfire strumming (‘Out All Night’) to grimy punk riffing (‘What You Want’, Keeping Me Awake’), to rumbling waves of synth drone (Dirt), Wares could easily have been a confounding listen. Yet throughout each track, Cassia’s deft lyricism and knack for arranging keep the music focused and engaging.
2017 saw Wares performing at Calgary’s Big Winter Classic and Sled Island, Winnipeg’s BIg Fun, Vancouver’s Music Waste Festival, and FLIP, a femme and gender non-conforming festival in Lethbridge, Alberta. Cassia was also nominated for two 2017 Edmonton Music Awards for Indie Rock Recording of the Year and People’s Choice. To no surprise, folks beyond the music scene are listening — 2017 also saw Wares perform at Edmonton’s Mayor’s Pride Brunch and Calgary’s Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival, and facilitated workshops at Camp fyrefly – Canada’s only national leadership retreat for LGBTQ youth.
Currently taking the form of a four-piece band for live shows, expect new sights and sounds from Wares as they tour the country this summer.