is psychedelic electronic dance music from Toronto, Canada. Having formed in 2010, siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas soon began to explore trance and electronic beat making. Their shared fascination with dance culture, rhythm, and the unknown, along with their lifelong immersion in the arts, began to manifest as a collective ethos. Before long, DOOMSQUAD had mushroomed into a full-scale art project.
Inspired by some of their favourite artists — Georges Bataille, Richard Tuttle, Tanya Tagaq, and Genesis P-Orridge — DOOMSQUAD travelled to the New Mexican desert last year to write and record their sophomore album, Total Time, out 29 April on Bella Union and Hand Drawn Dracula. The album opens with the enticing dance of ‘Who Owns Noon in Sandusky,’ which was written to inspire the nakedness in us all, a song to wake up our inner clocks and reclaim our circadian time. ‘Solar Ass’ was written as a love song to a donkey, a song for paying respect to the smaller, under-appreciated elements that carry us through our contemporary lives. Total Time is dark, pulsating beats interspersed with hypnotic, incantatory jams. Its songs are meant to lead you through a genderless experience of transition to owning time, losing time, and becoming timeless, while providing a platform for you to dance through your consciousness.
“Think The XX and Mezzanine-era Massive Attack forming a supergroup” ~ SPINDLE MAGAZINE (UK)
“Not your average family band – “Pyramids On Mars” is filled with echoey effects, rapid-fire percussion, and a warbling, ominous bass synth melody—the hallmarks of quirky sci-fi sonics.” ~ THE FADER
The record features a number of contributors: Canadian avant-garde legend Mary Margaret O’Hara’s otherworldly vocals grace ‘The Very Large Array.’ The driving, dirty bass lines, and analogue layers of effects come care of Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck), who produced and mixed the album. And galactic twins Josh and Jesse Hasko, who perform as North America, are a crucial part of Total Time as well. Over the years, the connection between DOOMSQUAD and the twins has deepened and this summer they’re joining forces: the Haskos are becoming members of DOOMSQUAD’s live act, which will take it furthur than it’s ever gone before.
Doomsquad “Total Time”. Release date: April 29th via Hand Drawn Dracula (CAN) and Bella Union (ROW)
“The group weave the aboriginal music of their North Canadian upbringing into the visionary sounds of Gang Gang Dance, Fever Ray and Gazelle Twin. Subtly entrancing and sulphurous, “Kalaboogie” stretches out like a volcanic winter, soaring over Doomsquad’s native Canadian wilds and effortlessly outpacing the long shadow of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.” ~ DAZED DIGITAL (UK)
“This mesmerizing longer player is in the running for best late night album of 2014” ~ Gimme Tinnitus (US)
“Doomsquad is an example of a group that has the potential to defy stereotypes – put it this way:
the urban jungle would be nowhere without the witchy woods to daydream about.” ~ Impose Magazine (US)
“Doomsquad lays out a cacophonous blueprint of densely layered instrumentation and dreamlike cadences that draw you in ~ weaves a hypnotizing web of synths and chorale vocals meshed together with starkly drawn beats and motorik percussion” ~ Notes from Left of the Dial (US)
“Fusing electronic pulses, clicks, synths and deep bass with chanting, drones, repeated phrases, surf guitars and dark new age references, existing in the gap between nature and technology, the ancient and the modern.” ~ The Line of Best Fit (UK)
#1 Album of 2014 ~ “the sheer number of styles, influences and techniques co-existing at any given time is reminiscent of Eno’s work … Doomsquad’s biggest achievement … is that they’ve created an electronic album that dares to physically touch your senses” ~ Noted (UK)
“Their sound is a heady mix of crushing beats, shamanic chanting, world beat percussion and ethereal psychedelic atmospheres meant to evoke the wonder of the natural world and elevate your consciousness to another plane. You kind of have to immerse yourself in it, but trust me when I say it works and there’s nothing else out there quite like it in dance music or indie-rock circles at the moment.” ~ Ben Rayner / The Star (CA)
“The ancient electronic sounds of doomsquad are part new age, part experimental and entirely original. After releasing their 2014 debut, Kalaboogie, on Toronto’s Hand Drawn Dracula label, they’ve been building a slow and steady momentum. One day they will explode like 1,000 stars in the sky, and we’ll be there to say, ‘Told you so.'” ~ CBC Radio3 (CA)
+ BBC Radio 6 (UK), MTV (DE), No Fear of Pop (DE), Hartzine (FR), Subbacultcha (NE), Warszawa (JP), Portals (US), Silent Shout (CA)