Named after, and inspired by the infamous Canadian WWII hero, Ernest (smokey) Alvia Smith of the Seaforth Highlanders. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Smith] Saint Alvia is forever and always pushing forward into the unknown, (the) Saint Alvia (cartel) are back exploring musical boundaries with their new album "Static Psalms" (Feb 2013). Maintaining the spirit of bands like The Clash and The Band, with influences ranging from 20's era blues to modern lo-fi, these 2 time Juno nominees have been laying low perfecting a personal sound and formula. Alvia's dirty, hook ladened sound successfully draws on classic blues mixed with a DC post punk vibe while invoking a mod flare and rhythm that is unmistakably new and fresh. 4 years have passed since Saint Alvia have released a full length studio album and early reports say it's hands down their best work to date. It is safe to say, no bands out there sound like (the) Saint Alvia (cartel).