Old Wives: Patience Pays Off for Seasoned Punk Ruffians

Friday 28th, April 2017 / 14:00
By Kevin Klemp

Power punk trio mature (but only a little) on newest release.
Photo by Matt Foster

Delaying gratification is never easy. To bide one’s time and wait patiently can be deflating, disparaging, and as Ryan Dix, bassist of the Old Wives attests, “it can be really frustrating.”

Dix and the rest of the band speak from experience. Their latest record Three has been under production for over two years as they determined the best way to roll it out.

“The decision to wait this long was in part situational,” explains Dix.

“But we also wanted to take the time to shop it around and do it right.”

After recording the album with Greg Wright in their hometown of Edmonton, the punk-rock three-piece featuring Shaun Millard (guitar and vocals) and Darren Chewka (drums) began the arduous chore of shopping the record to labels.

“I would be sending emails to labels all over the world until we finally had some offers,” recalls Dix.

“We were moments from signing a deal with one label when another approached us. It was a nice problem to have.”

The label in question was U.K. based Little Rocket Records. After nearly signing with another label, the guys unanimously decided Little Rocket would be the right choice and delayed the release date even further. True to Dix’s word, they felt like the wait was worth it.

The 10-song album follows the same sonic trajectory the group has had for the last eight years: anthemic pop-punk tracks peppered with melodic harmonies.

However, the new songs in no way recycle previous recordings. As a result, Three is Old Wives crispier, catchier, faster and more relatable than ever. Tracks like “Lying Through My Drink” and “Pity Party,” contain themes like drinking and hangovers, but also breach more personal matters within those potentially complex issues.

“We started feeling forced to really look at ourselves and began writing more personal songs about slightly more serious matters.”

Another reason for the thematic evolution heard on Three can be attributed to the new line-up. Initially a four-piece, Dix joined the band seven years ago and Liam Copeland left nearly three years ago. The change in the band’s members not only affected what they wrote, but also the writing process.

“I would bring songs to the group and we would work on them, but we found it a lot easier writing with only three people,” Dix divulged.

“One less voice wasn’t a bad thing.”


Join the Old Wives with the Weekend Kids, the Ativans and KJ Jansen of Chixdiggit May 5 at the Needle Vinyl Tavern (Edmonton) for the release party for Three. They also play May 12 at The Windsor (Winnipeg) and May 24 at the Ship & Anchor (Calgary).

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