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
DUSTED releases a music video for “There Somehow”, collaborating with Canadian Director Scott Cudmore. The song, which pairs BRIAN BORCHERDT‘s haunting vocals with a simple guitar, hints at frustration in communication. Cudmore’s filmic take is equally vexed, showing a girl releasing all through a silent scream. It was premiered today via Stereogum.
Director Scott Cudmore had this to say about the new music video:
“Brian sent me the Dusted record last year and I immediately fell in love with it. It stayed in my car for almost the entire year. Something about the sounds and textures on that record, I guess they made me think that they could complement images and sounds of my own. The subject matter of ‘There Somehow’ and the short length of it really made sense with this material. It’s a different kind of project – it’s not a music video for a ‘single’ but more of a little film collaboration between two existing works.”
BREEZE is the dream-pop side project of BELIEFS‘ Josh Korody. HDD is releasing the digital single “Paradise (in a while)” / “Repent” as a limited pressing of 100 cassette tapes with photography by Laura Lynn Petrick (www.lauralynnpetrick.com) and a music video by Adam Seward (Rituals).
10.02 Minneapolis MN : Bryant Lake Bowl
10.03 Chicago IL : Logan Square Auditorium
10.05 Toronto ON : 918 Bathurst Space
10.06 Montreal QC : Il Motore
10.07 Somerville MA : Johnny D’s
10.08 Brooklyn NY : Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.09 New York NY : Le Poisson Rouge
10.11 Philadelphia PA : Johnny Brenda’s
10.12 Washington DC : The Hamilton
10.13 Carrboro NC : The ArtsCenter
10.15 Nashville TN : The High Watt
10.17 Fort Worth TX : Fort Worth Modern Art Museum
10.18 Austin TX : Central Presbyterian Church
10.22 San Diego CA : Irenic
10.23 Los Angeles CA : The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood
10.24 San Francisco CA : Swedish American Hall
10.26 Portland OR : Aladdin Theater
TOTALLY excited for the release of ‘TOTAL DUST’! Pre-orders are shipping this week, videos are in the works, tour dates will be announced soon. And to celebrate the release of DUSTED‘s debut album, we’re throwing a release party at Toronto’s Get Well (1181 Dundas St. W.). More info here: Facebook Event Page
08/16/12 Toronto ON: Open Roof Festival
07/26/12 Toronto CAN: The Mod Club w/ Cousins, Chad VanGaalen
07/15/12 Brooklyn NY US: Glasslands Gallery
07/12/12 New York NY US: Cake Shop
07/07/12 Toronto CAN: Get Well Bar – Dusted Release Party w/ Cousins
Hand Drawn Dracula label founder JAMES MEJIA discusses the past and the future plans of HDD with Parisian music blog/magazine HARTZINE. Read the full “Who are you Hand Drawn Dracula ?” interview in both English and French at HARTZINE and stream a curated mixtape by James below…
01. Dusted – (Into The) Atmosphere
02. Shugo Tokumaru performs Holy Fuck’s Lovely Allen
03. Rituals – Life Saver
04. A Place To Bury Strangers – You Are The One
05. Metz – Pigs (Sparklehorse cover)
06. Beliefs – Iron Streams
07. Army Girls – Cold & Alcohol
08. Bishop Morocco – Last Year’s Disco Guitars (A Place To Bury Strangers mix)
09. Little Girls – Nights Out
10. Dopes – All Day Wrong (Sebastien Grainger remix)
11. Wintersleep – Resuscitate
12. Bruce Peninsula – As Long As I Live
HAND DRAWN DRACULA presents the HDD 2012 NXNE SHOWCASE at the El Mocambo w/ A Place to Bury Strangers, DUSTED (feat. HOLY FUCK‘s BRIAN BORCHERDT), Rituals, Army Girls, and Beliefs. Friends, supporters, and new HDD bands! ~ poster by Maryanna Hardy & James Mejia
BRIAN BORCHERDT‘s much anticipated project, DUSTED, will officially be releasing their debut album, Total Dust, on July 10th in conjunction w/ Polyvinyl Records. PRE-ORDERS are available now at the HDD STORE.
The full length album arrives as a limited edition of 300 180-gram maroon LPs & as a deluxe CD package with an exclusive CD only bonus track!
The first single, “(Into The) Atmosphere”, is “a dewy lo-fi pop ramble, with sweetly multi-tracked vocals, cavernous layers of melancholy guitar strums, and galloping, off-kilter percussion.” – (SPIN.com)