Harm's Way New album by Ducks Ltd. Out Now!


Ducks Ltd.’s acclaimed new album Harm’s Way is out today via Carpark Records. The Toronto duo’s sophomore LP has been earning glowing press, including features at Stereogum (‘Footnotes’), FLOOD Magazine (‘Influences’ playlist), Brooklyn Vegan, Exclaim!, and Big Takeover, while its singles “Heavy Bag,” “Train Full of Gasoline,” Hollowed Out,” and “The Main Thing” have caught the attention of Billboard, Consequence, Paste, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Uproxx, among others. Ducks Ltd. celebrated the album with a hometown release show last night, and will arrive in the States next month for a run that includes a stop at the New Colossus Festival as well as a tour with Ratboys; a current itinerary is below. Next week, the band will host a Reddit AMA at r/Indieheads at 1pm ET on 2/16.

Ducks Ltd. make inviting and frenetic guitar pop for when life feels overwhelming. While the band’s songs are ostensibly breezy, a palpable anxiety boils underneath that communicates something deeper about everyday existence. On Harm’s Way, the duo of McGreevy and guitarist Evan Lewis hones in on interpersonal and societal collapses, urban decay, and the near-impossibility of keeping a level head when everything around you seems to be falling apart. Even with its often dark subject matter, the album is Ducks Ltd.’s most vividly rendered and collaborative collection yet. It’s an undeniable evolution for the band, not just in how these songs soar, but in their entire writing and recording processes. Composed on tour while supporting acts like Nation of Language, Illuminati Hotties, and Archers of Loaf, Harm’s Way displays the band’s finely tuned songcraft and well-earned, road-tested confidence. 

The band, fortified by this strong sense of sonic identity and a self-assurance in their new material—and in contrast to their acclaimed 2021 debut LP Modern Fiction and their 2019 EP Get Bleak, both self-recorded and self-produced in a Toronto basementwanted to bring Harm’s Way to life in a new city, with an outside producer, and with some of their favorite musicians. Working with producer Dave Vettraino (Dehd, Deeper, Lala Lala), they enlisted a marquee cast of Windy City collaborators to round out the tracks on Harm’s Way, including: Finom’s Macie Stewart (violin, string arrangements); Ratboys’ Marcus Nuccio (drums on most tracks); Dehd’s Jason Balla (who helped arrange the backing vocals, to which he also contributed); and backing vocals from Julia Steiner (Ratboys), Nathan O’Dell (Dummy), Margaret McCarthy (Moontype), Rui De Magalhaes (Lawn), and Lindsey-Paige McCloy (Patio). The band’s touring drummer, Jonathan Pappo, and bassist Julia Wittman also appear on the LP.


Ducks Ltd. upcoming shows

02/10/24 – Montreal, QC @ Taverne Tour Festival

03/08/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

03/09-10/24 – New York, NY @ New Colossus

03/28/24 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar  *

03/29/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ Barking Legs Theater   *

03/30/24 – Asheville, NC @ Eulogy   *

04/01/24 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor   *

04/02/24 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall   *

04/04/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar  *

04/05/24 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom  *

04/06/24 – Portland, ME @ Space Gallery *

04/07/24 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge  *

04/08/24 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar  *

04/10/24 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig  *

04/11/24 – Bloomington, IN @ Bishop  *

04/12/24 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s  *

05/11/24 – Esch/Alzette, LU @ Out Of The Crowd Festival

05/14/24 – Porto, PT @ CCOP

05/15/24 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox

05/19/24 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds

05/20/24 – Liverpool, UK @ Stockroom

05/21/24 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House

05/22/24 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast

05/23/24 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s

05/24/24 – Manchester, UK @ New Century Hall All Dayer

05/25/24 – Bristol, UK @ Dot to Dot

05/26/24 – Nottingham, UK @ Dot to Dot

05/27/24 – London, UK @ Moth Club

05/29/24 – Tours, FR @ Oxford Pub

05/30/24 – Rennes, FR @ L’UBU

05/31/24 – Paris, FR @ Block Party

06/01/24 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR @ La Coopérative de Mai

06/05/24 – Antwerpen, BE @ Trix

06/06/24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

* with Ratboys