Since the band formed in 2018, they’ve been known for their jagged, emotionally charged music rooted heavily in the sounds of 1990s alt rock (a decade, one should note, that they weren’t alive for). Sky Parenteau, Alex Braun, and Nick Lavich work as a singular creative unit, creating nimble music that explores themes of alienation, mental illness, and modern anxiety. In 2020, amidst an era of confusion and angst, they conceived of The Dome. a story of a community electing a mayor who then erects a glass structure over the town, trapping the residents inside.
“[The Dome is] like feeling isolated from the world at large in Winnipeg, but also feeling some sort of community with the people immediately around us, especially during the pandemic when we were all stuck alone together,” says Alex Braun, the band’s drummer. “But it’s also an embrace of the idea that the worst is always around the corner, this feeling that if we’re gonna get killed by a deadly virus and then destroyed by climate disasters, why don't we make our own disaster and elect some idiot to trap us in a dome?”
Life in the Dome was recorded meticulously in a friend's basement, but it's not the type of record that you'd expect to have been made in a friend's basement. it's lush, daring, searching, controlled, and purposeful. The record will be their first to be released on House of Wonders Records, the label run by Adam Fuhr of Yes We Mystic.
"I love Jamboree," says Fuhr. "I admire their approach to music-making as an artistic endeavour, while retaining a sense of humour and ease. Their music is catchy and personal and meaningful, and they're great live. I'm so excited to have them join the House of Wonders family."
The band has seen a steady rise since their teenaged debut in 2018. they've won the annual Uniter Fiver competition, opened for such Canadian indie favourites as Mauno, Hot Garbage, and Living Hour, played the Winnipeg Folk Festival as part of the Young Performers Program, and self-released their debut record, A Beautiful Place, in 2020.