DUSTED have a new video for “Bruises” off their critically acclaimed album Total Dust. The shimmering flares of sunlight and soft focus of the video pairs perfectly with Dusted’s fuzzed out guitars and haunting vocals. Director Benjamin Portas, a friend and collaborator of Hand Drawn Dracula (Beliefs’ “Lilly” and “Carousel” videos) and Production Assistant Erica Beyea shot the video in remote Australia, taking advantage of their surroundings to craft a beautiful visual interpretation of the song.
Total Dust was described as a “dewy lo-fi pop ramble, with sweetly multi-tracked vocals, cavernous layers of melancholy guitar strums, and galloping, off-kilter percussion” by Spin Magazine. Total Dust is available on limited maroon-coloured LP (only a few copies left) and CD in our HDD on-line store.
DUSTED TOUR DATES
08/02/13 Montreal, PQ – Osheaga
08/01/13 Montreal, PQ – Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile w/ Valleys, Besnard Lakes
06/15/13 Toronto, ON – NXNE Hand Drawn Dracula showcase
HDD’s been working closely this past year with Cousins on their new record “The Halls of Wickwire” and it’s a good one! The album was recorded with HDD collaborators Graham Walsh (HOLY FUCK) and engineer Josh Korody (BELIEFS). More news, dates, and a proper press release with all the info soon! In the meantime, watch the UK premiere of their new video “What’s Your Name?” from the forthcoming digital single and full length LP. UK/EU/CAN Tour Dates listed HERE and below:
06/22/13 Calgary AB : Sled Island
06/21/13 Calgary AB : Sled Island
06/15/13 Toronto ON : NXNE ~ Hand Drawn Dracula Showcase
06/07/13 Halifax NS : Obey Convention ~ Bus Stop Theatre
05/31/13 Osnabruck DE : Kleine Freiheit
05/30/13 Hamburg DE : Molotow
05/29/13 Berlin DE : Crystal
05/24/13 Amsterdam NL : Delicatessen Zeeburg
05/18/13 Brighton UK : The Great Escape ~ The Hope Artrocker Stage (7:45 pm)
05/17/13 Brighton UK : The Great Escape ~ Blind Tiger Club (2:45 pm)
05/15/13 London UK : Lock Tavern
05/15/13 London UK : Shacklewell Arms
DREAM AFFAIR’s new video for the title track, “From Now On” directed by Jeremy Jansen. From their six-song F12-inch EP From Now On released via Artificial Records/Hand Drawn Dracula. Video stills 1 & 2. Upcoming tour dates here.
“The clip’s dark tone befits the song’s noisy, goth tinged electro-rock mood. We see flashing lights and and a disorienting quick edits while barely recognizable hands and faces emerge from behind some sort of translucent screen, making the whole thing resemble a shadowy nightmare.” ~ Exclaim!
In advance of their four SXSW shows this week, DUSTED open the vault sharing two early, unreleased tracks. “No Trouble” makes its debut; the never-before-heard track is available as a free download via Soundcloud. DUSTED also release a video stream of “In Yr Skull”, originally available at CMJ as an extremely limited edition flexidisc split with METZ.
Both tracks were recorded early in the genesis of DUSTED and feature HOLY FUCK as the backing band. In this incarnation of Dusted are BRIAN BORCHERDT on vocals and guitar, Brad Kilpatrick on drums, Matt McQuaid on bass and Graham Walsh also on guitar. Anna Edwards provides background vocals on “No Trouble”.
In April DUSTED return to Canada, playing eight cozy venues with stops in the eastern corridor from Montreal, Quebec to London, Ontario. Full tour dates listed below.
March 14 Austin, TX – SXSW Polyvinyl Records Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly – 9 pm
March 15 Austin, TX – SXSW Halifax Pop Explosion Party @ Friends – 1:45 pm
March 15 Austin, TX – SXSW Under The Radar Party @ Flamingo Cantina – 3:15 pm
March 16 Austin, TX – SXSW Halifax Pop Explosion @ Friends – 11 pm
April 5 Guelph, ON – Kazoo Fest *
April 7 Hamilton, ON – This Aint Hollywood *%
April 11 Kitchener – Waterloo, ON – Starlight *#
April 12 Ottawa, ON – Pressed *^
April 13 Montreal, ON – TBA ^
April 20 Kingston, ON – Grad Club *
April 26 London, ON – APK
April 27 Toronto, ON – Parkdale Library *
August 2-4 Montreal, PQ – Osheaga, Parc Jean-Drapeau
“First Look: Prepare to get hooked on the glistening new album from fuzzy dream-pop band, Beliefs” ~ Dazed & Confused
“using their seminal influences as a catalyst rather than template, “their self-titled debut album is a frighteningly assured and expansive effort, recalls last decade’s High Water Marks, Women or Deerhunter” ~ Rough Trade UK
“Layers of dreamy barely-there vocals, thick crunchy guitar chords, feedback overtones and urgent drums propel this addictive, rousing shoe-gaze anthem.” ~ Rough Trade/The Guardian UK
“The album will please fuzz-lovers with distortion-filled amp-melters like “Catch My Breath,” while seven-and-a-half minute closer “Gallows Bird” begins with contemplative arpeggios before exploding into a cinematic epic.” ~ Exclaim! Magazine
“You are invited too the strangest of dinner parties in Beliefs’ video for “Lilly.” The Toronto shoegazers deliver a hazy Matthew Barney-like fever dream with black and pink spaghetti served as the main course.” ~ Stereogum
03/30/13 Toronto, ON : The Garrison w/ Kestrels, Decades, Greys *** Record Release Party
03/23/13 Brooklyn, NY : Shea Stadium Brooklyn w/ Black Marble
03/22/13 Boston, MA : PA’s Lounge w/ 28 Degrees Taurus
03/19/13 Chicago, IL : The Empty Glass w/ Jacco Gardner
03/16/13 Austin, TX : SXSW, Empire Room w/ KXP, Heliotropes, Hott MT
03/10/13 St. Louis, MO : Blank Space w/ Heliotropes
03/09/13 Louisville, KY : Zanzabar w/ Heliotropes
03/08/13 Charleston, WV : The Empty Glass w/ Heliotropes
03/07/13 Pittsburgh, PA : 6119 w/ Heliotropes
03/06/13 Brooklyn, NY : Death By Audio w/ Heliotropes
02/27/13 Toronto, ON : The Garrison w/ Grounders, Beach Fossils
DREAM AFFAIR ‘FROM NOW ON’
1. From Now On
2. All I Want
3. Torn Apart
4. The Porter
5. Over and Over
Excited to announce the first release from Hand Drawn Dracula label division ARTIFICIAL RECORDS!
DREAM AFFAIR’s ‘From Now On‘ is a post-punk, synth-laden, stark and industrial statement already earning attention from Pitchfork Media. Noisey / Vice interviewed DREAM AFFAIR and premiered lead off track ‘From Now On’.
PRE-ORDERS available now! Digital release date February 26 and 12″ EP release April 9, 2013.
01/26/13 Brooklyn, NY : 131 Chrystie Street
03/01/13 Montreal, PQ : Katacombes
03/02/13 Toronto, ON : Double Double Land
03/15/13 Austin, TX : SXSW – Soho Lounge
NME The Buzz
Beamed up from the same Canadian hype scene that made good with Grimes and Doldrums, Toronto duo Beliefs are, in a musical sense, the blissed-out siblings of their freaky Montreal buddies. Clinging to the shaky shoegaze train, they manage to not be totally boring – unlike 99.9 per cent of their genre compatriots. Songs like ‘Catch My Breath’ give a serotonin injection to soaring dreampop that’s every bit as spiritual as their name suggests. What’s more, singer-guitarist Jesse Crowe used to have a hairdressing salon called – ahem – Grateful Head. Their self-titled debut LP – out March 4 on No Pain In Pop [March 5th on Hand Drawn Dracula & Manimal] – promises nifty cuts of the sonic variety.
BY DIVINE RIGHT return with a brand new album this spring and are prepping by hitting the road with Halifax duo Cousins and Shotgun Jimmie! Make sure to keep up to date with the band by joining their Facebook. BDR dates listed below and look for “Organized Accidents” May 7th 2013! (tour poster by Maryanna Hardy)
02/23/13 Montreal PQ : TBA w/ Cousins
02/22/13 Kingston ON : The Mansion w/ Cousins
02/21/13 Ottawa ON : Zaphods
02/17/13 Hamilton ON : Casbah w/ Cousins
02/16/13 Toronto ON : Lee’s Palace w/ Shotgun Jimmie, Cousins
02/13/13 Waterloo ON : The Starlight w/ Shotgun Jimmie
02/09/13 Windsor : The Phog w/ Shotgun Jimmie
02/08/13 Chatam ON : Cultural Centre Studio A w/ Shotgun Jimmie
02/07/13 London ON : Call The Office w/ Shotgun Jimmie
PRE-ORDER BELIEFS “Self Titled” debut now from our HDD ONLINE STORE.
Available on a Limited Edition run of 300 Clear Smokey Vinyl, and Premium Digital (MP3, FLAC).
BELIEFS – “Self Titled“ tracklisting:
01. Iron Streams
02. Catch My Breath
04. Waiting For The World To End
05. Dead Water
08. She Comes Alive
10. Gallows Bird
Violets (Digital Bonus Track)
“In August, Exclaim! TV was invited to Candle Recording to shoot a session with Toronto shoe-gazers, BELIEFS. Gearing up for a new album to be released in 2013, the band treated Exclaim! to a couple of album cuts that have not been released yet. You already got a taste for what the yet-to-be-titled album will sound like back in October when we posted the first song from the session, “Dead Water.” Now, you can take a listen to the second song from that session, “Lily.”" ~ Exclaim!TV Magazine