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
CONGRATS NEIL!!! “The lead singer of the sprawling prog folk collective BRUCE PENINSULA shares vocal duties with a number of other singers, but it’s his talent for songwriting and arranging that’s charmed NOW readers. We loved their last album, Open Flames, too, and gave it a NNNN review.” ~ NOW Magazine
Announcing the launch of ARTIFIAL RECORDS ~ a division of HAND DRAWN DRACULA Records ~ with a focus on cultivating artists patrolling the electronic, drone, and dark corners of the music scene. Artificial Records is Josh Voynovich (Artificial / Forming parties) and James Mejia (Hand Drawn Dracula / Mejia Design).
The first Artificial Release is DREAM AFFAIR‘s 12″ (February 2013) and Digital (December 2012) album. Stream the first video “The Porter” from the 12″ below.
PITCHFORK describes the young Brooklyn trio as “gothic sounds of 1980s Britain – fusing voguish Cure/Sisters of Mercy-derived morosity with industrial and pop leanings”.
Toronto-based shoe-gazers BELIEFS share a track from their upcoming HDD full-length on Exclaim! TV. Filmed and recorded at Candle Recording (co-owned by vocalist/guitarist Josh Korody), watch BELIEFS perform the slow building “Dead Water”. ~ Exclaim!
10/17 Toronto, ON – Parts & Labour w/ Amen Dunes
11/10 Montreal, QB – Cabaret Underworld w/ The Men