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Ducks Ltd. Release New Single “Heavy Bag” – New Album “Harm’s Way” out February 9th via Carpark Records | Single Feature

January 29, 2024
Photo Credit: Dylan Taylor

Ducks Ltd. Release New Single “Heavy Bag”

Second Album Harm’s Way out February 9th via Carpark Records

More UK / EU shows announced

Toronto’s Ducks Ltd. today shared their moody, slow-burning new song “Heavy Bag,” the fourth and final pre-release single from their forthcoming album Harm’s Way, out February 9, 2024 via Carpark Records. 

“It’s about despair and the way that misery loves company. The way that when people are in a bad place they try to undermine the people who are down there with them. To keep them and hold them there. It’s an incredibly ugly impulse, but one that if I’m being honest I’ve caught myself indulging in the past,” explains singer/lyricist Tom McGreevy“We tried to do something we hadn’t done before on this one musically, and had to kind of reverse a lot of our instincts in building the arrangement. But it felt like what ultimately suited the song. Macie Stewart and Briar Darling ended up improvising a lot of the string layers at the end which had some really exciting results.”  

Heavy Bag” starts with a more gentle rhythm, one that loops, steers the initial structure and powers through the soundscape. There is a real fragile essence that Ducks Ltd. keep hold of throughout the vision, the slower tempo and more intimate textures simply move you. As the arrangement expands, the addition of the strings emerges and poignantly soar through the creation, soon marking themselves as this volatile backbone to the track.

“Heavy Bag” captures a very deep and complex take on the immersive lyrics, and the power of the lyrics and the affectionate pull simply builds. As the listener is fixated on the emotional tension which grows with such intensity during this journey, the drum kit suddenly punches into focus and shifts the mood with this resonating force. The strings accompany the percussion and the dazzling guitar notes, the lyrics and vocal harmonies channel an emotive direction into the composition and together all elements simply shine.

Ducks Ltd. has managed to create a track where the singer is in front of you, guitars just behind, percussion all around you and strings simply elevate each musician’s position. Through the formation and the production values of this arrangement, Ducks Ltd. has positioned itself in front of you, the audience, and this compelling and intricate ensemble envelops you and your entire world.

This thought-inspiring track is also intelligently placed in the new album as the closer, a track that truly lasts and embraces such a timeless feel. It’s only right the impact of this composition concludes an essential record.

Heavy Bag” arrives on the heels of additional album tracks “Train Full of Gasoline,” “Hollowed Out,” and “The Main Thing,” which saw praise from The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Line Of Best Fit, CLASH, Billboard, Brooklyn Vegan, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Rolling Stone, among many others. 

Harm’s Way is available for pre-order

Harm’s Way track listing 

1. Hollowed Out 

2. Cathedral City 

3. The Main Thing 

4. Train Full of Gasoline 

5. Deleted Scenes 

6. On Our Way To The Rave 

7. A Girl, Running 

8. Harm’s Way 

9. Heavy Bag 

Following a handful of previously announced dates that include a February 8th hometown record release show at Sonic Boom, Ducks Ltd. will meet up with Ratboys in late March for a two-week U.S. tour. The band will then head overseas in May to play throughout Europe and the UK. A current itinerary is below. 

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, Harm’s Way 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, the album 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 basement—wanted to bring Harm’s Way to life in a new city, with an outside producer, and with some of their favourite 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. 

Harm’s Way is Duck Ltd.’s most intuitive and organic album yet, the result of keen observation, self-possessed songwriting, and a collaborative spirit. Building on the successes of their previous releases, the deeply relatable album displays a band operating at a nuanced, lyrical and musical best. 

Ducks Ltd. upcoming shows 

Feb 8 – Toronto, ON @ Sonic Boom (album release show) # 
Feb 10 – Montreal, QC @ Taverne Tour Festival 
Mar 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie 
Mar 9-10 – New York, NY @ New Colossus 
Mar 28 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar  * 
Mar 29 – Chattanooga, TN @ Barking Legs Theater   * 
Mar 30 – Asheville, NC @ Eulogy   * 
April 1 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor   * 
April 2 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall   * 
April 4 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar  * 
April 5 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom  * 
April 6 – Portland, ME @ Space Gallery * 
April 7 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge  * 
April 8 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar  * 
April 10 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig  * 
April 11 – Bloomington, IN @ Bishop  * 
April 12 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s  * 
May 11 – Esch/Alzette, LU @ Out Of The Crowd Festival 
May 14 – Porto, PT @ CCOP 
May 15 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox 
May 19 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds 
May 20 – Liverpool, UK @ Stockroom 
May 21 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House 
May 22 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast 
May 23 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s 
May 24 – Manchester, UK @ New Century Hall All Dayer 
May 25 – Bristol, UK @ Dot to Dot 
May 26 – Nottingham, UK @ Dot to Dot 
May 27 – London, UK @ Moth Club 
May 29 – Tours, FR @ Oxford Pub 
May 30 – Rennes, FR @ L’UBU 
May 31 – Paris, FR @ Block Party 
Jun 1 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR @ La Coopérative de Mai 
Jun 5 – Antwerpen, BE @ Trix 
Jun 6 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso 

# Only God Forgives and Cootie Catcher support 

* with Ratboys 



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