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.
Watch these BRUCE PENINSULA trailers / snapshots for Open Flame (above) and In Your Light (below) directed by Neil Haverty and Lara Mrkoci. From the full-length album Open Flames, available October 4th 2011 on Hand Drawn Dracula.
1. White Night
6. Nights Out
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 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’ video from EP 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.”
(toronto.com / Toronto Star) – Ben Rayner
“Mausoleum ‘(Meth) Hunters’ – 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)
“[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.” NNNN (Now Magazine)
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