But Angus insists that American Love, produced by the dynamic duo of Gus Van Go and Werner F (Wintersleep, Arkells, Whitehorse) is by no means a political protest record. Rather, it’s a series of reflections on falling in love while hyper-aware of the upheaval occupying the world around him -- especially in America. It’s a duality that is perhaps elevated by geography itself, as the songs were recorded over two years alternating between Brooklyn and Toronto. Work on the album began around the same time the US election campaigns launched, and the record was finally finished almost two years later, on election day.
The record is the band's first release after a long search for a permanent lineup. Angus and co-founder Jeffrey Lewis finally settled on Kirty, Kevin Black, Nick McKinlay, and Lisa Lorenz. “It was two years building up a-new band, a new sound, a new show, getting to know each other,” Angus says. “We’ve really become the tightest of friends.”