BRUCE PENINSULA announce a mini-tour of Ontario, perform a stripped down rendition of The Leaves atop of Signal Hill in St.John’s NL, and hit #6 with ‘OPEN FLAMES’ on the National Campus Radio Chart !!! Tour dates and a message from BRUCE PENINSULA below…
BRUCE PENINSULA‘s video for ‘As Long As I Live’ from OPEN FLAMES. Out now on White Vinyl, CD & Digital! Directed by Lara Mrkoci and Neil Haverty. Theme song for feature film “Small Town Murder Songs”. Watch the trailer below…
Small Town Murder Songs, starting Peter Stormare (Fargo), is a modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.
METZ headline the Hand Drawn Dracula POP Montreal 2011 Showcase! Looking forward to the METZ full length debut… it’s sounding amazing! UPDATE: Watch METZ video below by Robby Reis live from the HDD showcase. http://metzztem.tumblr.com
HDD is celebrating the release of ‘CULTS’ with a FREE download of the LITTLE GIRLS version of experimental synth-pop composer John Maus’ track Believer.
Check out the song premiere and interview with “Josh McIntyre, the mastermind behind Toronto’s lo-fi-loving Little Girls” at Spinner.
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.
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)