No Can Do is the fourth album from B.C. indie-rock quartet Ladyhawk, and it marks their first release for the small Canadian imprint Triple Crown Audio. (American label Jagjaguwar put out their earlier recordings.)
Judging by lead vocalist Duffy Driediger’s lyrical preoccupations, the album could have been called Notes on a Self-Loathing Stoner. Opener “Footprints” is a half-hearted cry for help, with Driediger declaring, “I don’t go out, I just stay home / I’m so happy to be on my own.” Demonstrating the shifting focus of an anxious person’s mind, No Can Do is full of anthems for the intellectual stoner, more tortured than laid-back. The vocals sit comfortably in the mix, cushioned by crashing cymbals and Darcy Hancock’s raging guitar riffs.
At just under half an hour, the album is a quick hit of jittery energy—like the pure adrenaline shot of “Rub Me Wrong”—paired with a generous helping of twitchy self-doubt.
Playlist picks “Footprints,” “You Read My Mind,” “Rub Me Wrong”
Ladyhawk play The Horseshoe (370 Queen St. W.) on Oct. 25.