Hand Drawn Dracula is proud to be working with BRUCE PENINSULA, who return with their sophomore full-length album, Open Flames, October 4th 2011. The multi-musician ensemble gives us 10 new, sprawling songs, drawn from the skin of a drum and sung from deep down in the gut.

It has been quite a journey. Bruce Peninsula’s previous record, 2009’s self-released debut, A Mountain Is A Mouth immediately caught fire, garnering countless glowing reviews and a Polaris Music Prize long-list nomination. Their raucous, big top live show, featuring at times, a 10-musician sprawl, has converted audiences across the continent with headline appearances at SXSW, Pop Montreal and Halifax Pop Explosion. Songs from that album (along with Open Flames’ opening track) were used to score the full-length feature film Small Town Murder Songs, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Bruce Peninsula spent the middle months of 2010 with their heads down, hard at work. The idea was to write quickly, second-guess less and to push musical boundaries beyond their signature, progressive-gospel sound. By the end of the year, the band was sitting on a wealth of new material and had planned a release of Open Flames in the Spring of 2010.

But, in December, as the master came into hand, the band were suddenly sideswiped when lead shouter Neil Haverty was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. Open Flames would be forced to wait while Haverty endured treatment. The band created The Bruce Trail Fire Sale, an online campaign of new videos, covers and b-sides not featured on the LP to help calm an anxious wait. After a long and dreadful winter, Haverty is officially in remission and Bruce Peninsula is finally ready to take its next step forward. With a new choir on hand (featuring, among others, Daniela Gesundheit aka Snowblink and Tamara Lindeman aka The Weather Station), a fresh lease on life and Open Flames at the ready, Bruce Peninsula are born anew.
 

BRUCE PENINSULA – FALL TOUR DATES, 2011

09/09 | Sarnia, ON | The Story *
09/10 | Hamilton, ON | Christ’s Church Cathedral *
09/15 | Guelph, ON | Ebar *^
09/17 | London, ON | OH Fest
09/18 | Waterloo, ON | Waterloo Park / Grist Mill *
09/22 | Kingston, ON | St. James Anglican Church *#
09/29 | St. Catharines, ON | Mansion House ^
10/01 | Peterborough, ON | The Attic *#
10/04 | Toronto, ON | Soundscapes In-store
10/05 | Montreal, PQ | Casa Del Popolo ^
10/06 | Montreal, PQ | Phonopolis In-store %
10/07 | St. John, NB | Pepper’s Pub
10/08 | Sackville, NS | George’s Roadhouse ^
10/09 | Halifax, NS | The Khyber %
10/12 | Cornerbrook, NL | The Backlot ^
10/14 | St. John’s, NL | The Ship
10/15 | St. John’s, NL | The Ship
10/16 | Port Rexton, NL | Two Whales Cafe %
10/19 | Sydney, NS | St. Pat’s Church ^+
10/20 | Riverport, NS | Confidence Lodge
10/21 | Fredericton, NB | The Capital Bar
10/22 | Halifax, NS | Bus Stop Theatre ^
10/23 | Charlottetown, PEI | Baba’s
10/24 | Moncton, NB | Plan B ^
10/25 | Fredericton, NB | Charlotte St. Arts Centre
10/26 | Sherbrooke, QC | La Petite Boite Noir ^
10/27 | Toronto, ON | Lee’s Palace

* w/ Snowblink
^ w/ The Weather Station
# w/ The Gertrudes
+ w/ Olenka and the Autumn Lovers


 

Hand Drawn Dracula welcomes Toronto’s LITTLE GIRLS to the label!
CULTS EP is set to be released September 6th 2011 on limited red vinyl and digital.
 
LITTLE GIRLS // CULTS EP
HDD014 (BUY HERE)

1. White Night
2. Cults
3. Ex
4. Daydream
5. Delaware
6. Nights Out
 
Little Girls began in January 2009 as the solo recording project of multi-instrumentalist Josh McIntyre who, at the time, was one-half of Toronto shoegaze duo Pirate/Rock. While Little Girls is a four-piece live experience, CULTS was performed and recorded by Josh. The music combines elements of new wave and post punk with layers of fuzz to create murky yet melodic walls of sound. Influences are drawn everywhere from both ’80s post-punk as well as hip hop production of the late J Dilla.

In less than two years, McIntyre has released five singles, two EPs and an LP, on a variety of independent labels, including Brooklyn-based Mexican Summer and Captured Tracks, and Sixteen Tambourines in Japan. Meanwhile, Little Girls has been touring as a four-piece band, completing a major North American tour in late 2009, followed by numerous forays into the U.S. and throughout Eastern Canada, including appearances at NXNE (Toronto), SXSW (Austin, TX) and CMJ (NYC).

The music combines elements of new wave and post punk with layers of fuzz to create murky yet melodic walls of sound. Influences are drawn everywhere from both ’80s post-punk as well as hip hop production of the late J Dilla.

Little Girls’ press exposure has included “Essential Tracks” honours in the Globe and Mail (Toronto) and “New Band of the Day” in the Guardian (U.K.), as well as a NOW Magazine cover and coverage in Dazed and Confused, Eye Weekly, Nylon and Fader, among many others.

MAUSOLEUM ‘(Meth) Hunters’ (BUY HERE) directed by David F. M. Hanes.

“Mausoleum is more about evoking an era, that very first tip over from punk into Goth and New Wave, than about echoing any one particular band. The Toronto trio has certainly got the frantic energy of that period – still punkishly aggressive and combative even as it flirted with the prettiness, melodrama and keyboards to come – down pat on the three curt, energetically brooding post-punk ditties collected on this set.” – THE STAR / Ben Rayner

“Not only does this song sound like it was recorded in the studio next door to Echo and the Bunnymen in 1981, the video for these Toronto new wave punks’ single catches some snippets from the era of big black hair, egyptian eyeliner, skinny ties and moshpits. Love it.” (YVYNYL)

JOSH REICHMANN ‘Wildly Waiting’ video from ‘After Live’ directed by Henry Sansom and James Mejia.
 
“[After Live] is all about synthetic, folkloric, body-horror-rocking strangeness — imagine 30 minutes on mushrooms with loops of Leonard Cohen’s “The Future” in one ear, elec­tro remixes of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” in the other and eyes glued to Bob Dylan’s Don’t Look Back on a blood-soaked screen.” – THE MONTREAL MIRROR

“After Live is a striking collection of dark, forward-thinking pop music that might just be his best work yet.” – 4/5 NOW MAGAZINE
 
AFTER LIVE LP // BUY HERE

YOULOOKDEATH.LY NXNE SHOWCASE
The Garrison, Toronto ON
Saturday June 18th 2011

· HANDSOME FURS
· LITTLE GIRLS
· NO GOLD
· JOSH REICHMANN
· IDIOT GLEE
· MAKEOUT VIDEOTAPE

Visuals by Jamie Harley
In the Front Room:
· CHAINS OF LOVE
· RATTAIL

Presented by
Hand Drawn Dracula
Unfamiliar Records
DIAMOND A/T/L/A/S

Daydream Nation
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

01. Ohad – Caroline’s Theme
02. Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
03. Devendra Banhart – Korean Dogwood
04. Emily Haines – Rowboat
05. Great Lake Swimmers
      Backstage With The Modern Dancers
06. Ohad – Town Waltz
07. Ohbijou – Wildfires
08. Emily Haines – Telethon
09. Bishop Morocco
      Last Year’s Disco Guitars

10. Devendra Banhart – Carmensita
11. Ohad – Pink Flag
12. Silver Starling – Caught In Your Glow
13. Sebadoh – Just Gimme Indie Rock
14. Constantines – Shine A Light
15. Ohad – Daydream Anthem
16. Emily Haines – Expecting To Fly

BISHOP MOROCCO, Sebadoh, Devendra Banhart, The Constantines and more featured on The Daydream Nation soundtrack/trailer. “JUNO as reimagined by David Lynch or a funnier, sunnier Donnie Darko” – Variety

 

JOSH REICHMANN video for ‘All Day Wrong’ Remix by Sebastien Grainger (DEATH FROM ABOVE, DESERTS).

JOSH REICHMANN // AFTER LIVE
(HDD013) BUY HERE

1. After Live
2. All Day Wrong
3. People Fade Away
4. Track 04
5. Burning Books
6. Wildly Waiting
7. Empty Purse
8. Florida
9. Florida ll

digital bonus
All Day Wrong (Sebastien Grainger Remix)
 
Video by James Mejia.


HAND DRAWN DRACULA & UNFAMILIAR
YOULOOKDEATH.ly CMW Showcase
The Garrison, Toronto ON
Thursday March 10 2011

+ MAKEOUT VIDEOTAPE
+ LITTLE GIRLS
+ BRIAN BORCHERDT
+ ACTUAL WATER
+ RATTAIL
+ RITUALS
+ MAUSOLEUM

http://handdrawndracula.com
http://unfamiliarrecords.com
http://youlookdeath.ly

Hand Drawn Dracula and Unfamiliar Records release their 2011 CMW MIXTAPE with new and exclusive music from label artists BRIAN BORCHERDT, JOSH REICHMANN, No Gold, Makeout Videotape…

01. Brian Borcherdt – All Goes Down (unmastered studio from summer 2011 release)
02. Makeout Videotape – Only You
03. Josh Reichmann – All Day Wrong (from spring 2011 release)
04. No Gold – Rainforts
05. Rattail – Polkadots
06. Mausoleum – Hunters
07. Rituals – Our Blood (mastered studio from upcoming 2011 release)
08. Little Girls – Nights Out
09. Actual Water – Summer in the End
10. Bishop Morocco – Our Time
11. Holy Fuck – Red Lights (Sebastien Grainger Remix)


BISHOP MOROCCO // ST
HDD009 (BUY HERE)

1. White City
2. Townies
3. Our Time
4. Eddie
5. Last Year’s Disco Guitars
6. Petter
7. Goodbye Night
8. The Catholic Band
9. Red Bird
10. Blind Visions

 
BISHOP MOROCCO perform ‘Our Time’ in rehearsal from their debut album (BUY HERE).
Video directed by Henry Sansom & James Mejia.


 
 
 
 
BY DIVINE RIGHT (Mutant Message)
JAMES MEJIA (Art Director/Illustrator)

It’s Hand Drawn Dracula’s first JUNO AWARD nomination and James’ second for Recording Package Design of the Year.

Also in the 2011 category are Dependent Music alumni Land of Talk and HDD’s Wintersleep!

www.junoawards.ca

 

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DESERTS perform ‘Street Walker’ & ‘No Skin’ in studio for LiVE@TheVerge (XM Radio The Verge) at the Music Mansion.
Look out for a new DESERTS LP … in the works!