Football Money

Album Review of Football Money by Kiwi Jr..

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Football Money

Kiwi Jr.

Release Date: Jan 17, 2020
Record label: Persona Non Grata
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

77 Music Critic Score
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Football Money - Very Good, Based on 5 Critics

Paste Magazine - 81
Based on rating 8.1/10

Ask a dozen people to define the term "indie rock" and you'll probably get a dozen different answers that include word combinations like "Archers of Loaf" and "Foster the People" and "indie rock is dead" and "sir, this is a Wendy's." As the term has evolved over the past few decades--from its origins denoting music released by an independent record label to a vague descriptor of a certain kind of sound--it's no wonder the words have lost much of their meaning. Make no mistake, however: Kiwi Jr. is an indie rock band.

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No Ripcord - 80
Based on rating 8/10

It'd be understandable to initially confuse Kiwi Jr.'s Leslie as an obscure, early-eighties I.R.S. recording. But let me stop you before you hop onto YouTube in search of any long-lost archival footage—the Southern-tinged jangle-pop track comes from four Prince Edward Island musicians who now call Toronto their home. Leslie is just one of the sly, yet rickety tracks found on their debut full-length album, Football Money.

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Pitchfork - 77
Based on rating 7.7/10

In 2013, Jeremy Gaudet relocated from Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island, to its biggest city, Toronto. And he soon became acquainted with the cruel irony of moving to a vibrant, bustling metropolis overflowing with cultural activity and opportunity--i.e., that you often need to find a soul-sucking, creativity-stunting desk job to survive there. (A librarian by trade, Gaudet has quipped that "I work in Excel.") A natural big-city survival strategy is to carve out a small community that reminds you of home--which Gaudet did by starting a band with fellow Charlottetown expats Mike Walker (bass), Brohan Moore (drums), and Brian Murphy (guitar).

Full Review >> - 70
Based on rating 3.5

Keeping it at under 30 minutes, Toronto based Kiwi Jr have somehow managed to fill their concise debut Football Money with a long list of influential checkpoints, humour aplenty and stacks of melodic joy. Well schooled in the ways of jangly guitar (think R. E.

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NOW Magazine
Their review was positive

RatingĀ­: NNNN Though all members hail from Charlottetown, PEI, and they're signed to Vancouver's Mint Records, Kiwi Jr. are very much a part of Toronto's independent music scene. Leaving the Birthplace of Confederation for the Big Smoke isn't the only thing they have in common with fellow transplants Alvvays: both bands share Brian Murphy, who pulls double duty on bass with Alvvays and guitar with Kiwi Jr.

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