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HAND DRAWN DRACULA, THY TIME IS NOW!

My pal James Meija has been running this little label out of Toronto called Hand Drawn Dracula for a few years now, and I fucking love everything it releases. I really do. In a very short time, HDD has established itself as one of those imprints whose (very cool) logo on the back cover of a record (or a cassette in this case, I guess) is an instant signifier of carefully curated quality. You want to snap up every single thing Hand Drawn Dracula puts out because, put quite simply, Hand Drawn Dracula has demonstrated – again and again and again, right from the beginning – that Hand Drawn Dracula has immaculate taste in music. From the neo-shoegazer sparkle of Beliefs, Bishop Morocco, Breeze and Praises to the nascent, battering-ram rock-god-isms of Cousins and Greys to the starry-eyed, psychedelic mysticism of Bruce Peninsula and By Divine Right to the warring muscularities and vulnerabilities demonstrated by Holy Fuck’s Brian Borcherdt in his solo and Dusted guises, Hand Drawn Dracula has consistently championed the right stuff for the right, honest, love-of-the-game reasons. And don’t even get me started on the output of its recently minted sub-label, Artificial Records; with the likes of Weeknight, Tiers and the almighty Doomsquad already on its young roster, Artificial pretty much has the grim, grimy, electro-industrial sound of our looming Blade Runner future nailed down flat before that future actually happens. Time, hindsight and the judgement of pop history will be very kind to Hand Drawn Dracula, mark my words. It might not have reached the masses just yet, and maybe never will, but that’s just fine. The people who have picked up on its output to date have likely already discovered a record or two they’ll carry with them to the grave. I know I have. And yet I still suspect, to invoke a very tired cliché, that the best is yet come. ~ Ben Rayner, Toronto, June 10, 2014.

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       w/ Crystal Stilts, Beliefs, Doomsquad, Weeknight, Tiers, Wish, North America


 

Beliefs on Duran Duran tribute w/ Moby, Warpaint, & More!

BELIEFS cover “Sound of Thunder” for Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran released via Manimal Vinyl with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The comp features Warpaint, Little Dragon, Moby, Austra and more.

 
SPIN Magazine Premiere + Brooklyn Vegan +

COUSINS – OCEAN (VIDEO)

INDIE88 / 88.1FM Radio premiered COUSINS‘ new video directed by Mackenzie Burke for the summer anthem “Ocean” today. “The hazy, VHS-styled new vid will have you wishing you were at the beach in no time.”

 
The Halls of Wickwire is OUT NOW! ~ “10 songs of pure high-powered, joyful punk fun” ~ INDIE88/88.1FM

 TOUR DATES LISTED HERE
 

DOOMSQUAD DAYTROTTER SESSION

DOOMSQUAD ended their US tour this past May with a visit to DAYTROTTER, Rock Island IL, to record a live studio session including “Waka Waka”, “Kalaboogie”, and “Born From The Marriage of the Moon and a Crocodile”. You can listen to the DAYTROTTER SESSION HERE. Currently on tour in the UK/EU, Doomsquad’s shows are meeting with much anticipation following their stellar performances at Brighton UK’s The Great Escape Music Festival… more show announcements soon!

COUSINS – BODY (Video)

COUSINS – The Halls of Wickwire : Available in limited LP/CD/Cassette/Digital @ THE HDD STORE

“Today, Halifax garage-rock power-duo COUSINS release their third LP, The Halls of Wickwire and with it, this badass boxing video for “Body.” New to Hand Drawn Dracula Records, Cousins is one of the hardest working bands around; the album was produced by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck, Metz) and Josh Korody (Beliefs, Fucked Up), so it sounds fucking tight. Yeah, it sounds like it was made in a basement but the basement is worth two million dollars. A gorgeous knock-out rock-out. The dream team starts an eastern tour tomorrow.” ~ NOISEY/VICE Premiere

 TOUR DATES LISTED HERE
 

Doomsquad – Head Spirit (For Our Mechanical Time)

DOOMSQUAD premiered “a Dada-inspired video” for Head Spirit (For Our Mechanical Time), directed by Trevor Blumas, on UK’s The Line of Best Fit. Kalaboogie is available now in a limited run of coloured vinyl in Orange Haze via The HDD Store.

COUSINS – The Halls of Wickwire (ALBUM STREAM)

Ahead of the May 13the release, COUSINS The Halls of Wickwire is available to stream in FULL over at EXCLAIM! Magazine, Impose Magazine, and more.

HDD put the band in Toronto’s Candle Recording studio with Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck, etiquette, Metz) and Josh Korody (Beliefs, Greys, Fucked Up) to record the 10-song collection described as “the ghost of a young Walkmen frontman tackling a head-banging proclamation of internal struggle and motivation” ~ PORTALS

 PRE-ORDER The Halls of Wickwire on limited vinyl now, also available on CD and premium digital on May 13th.

 

Doomsquad – Disremember/Dismemberment (NSFW)

DOOMSQUAD share their new music video for “Disremember/Dismemberment” (NSFW) from their debut album “Kalaboogie“. The video was directed by Luke McCutcheon, with art directoion by Trevor Wheatley, and editing by Colin Murdock.

To celebrate the band’s upcoming UK/EU tour, Doomsquad’s single “Ovoo” gets a down-tempo synth remix by London producer Kit Grill. Full tour dates, including Brighton’s The Great Escape Music Festival, are listed below.

MAY EU/UK TOUR

May 03 Nottingham UK – Stealth VS Rescue
May 05 Leeds UK – Nation of Shopkeepers
May 06 Bristol UK – Start the Bus
May 07 London UK – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
May 08 Brighton UK – The Great Escape @ Blind Tiger Club (afternoon)
May 08 London UK – No Pain In Pop @ Cafe OTO (evening)
May 09 Brighton UK – The Great Escape @ The Green Door
May 14 – Grotteingen NL – Subsonic
May 16 – Rennes FR – 1988 Live Club
May 22 – Berlin DE – Monarch

View EU/UK TOUR POSTER HERE


 

Praises – Breathing In (Video)

PRAISES is the solo project of BELIEFS co-founder Jesse Crowe. Following the world-wide critical acclaim of Beliefs, Jesse wasted no time and headed into Toronto’s Candle Recording Studio (Owen Pallet, Austra, F’d Up) to put her creative energy into a 4 song EP filled with Dream Pop, Freak Folk, and Madchester sounds.

Catch Praises debut performance at CMW May 08th at Toronto’s Silver Dollar with Strands, Omhouse, Red Mass, RLMDL, and Operators (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits).

Praises featured: Hartzine Magazine (FR) Warszawa (Japan), Indienative (Japan), PIC Magazine (Japan), Photog Music (CAN)

Cousins “Mess” on SPIN & Exclaim! (Video)

Halifax indie-rock duo COUSINS premiere their condiment-heavy new video for “Mess” via SPIN & Exclaim! Magazine today! Cousin’s much anticipated third full-length The Halls of Wickwire is set for release on May 13th 2014 via Hand Drawn Dracula. Catch them on tour with Chad VanGaalen throughout North America with more Canadian dates TBA.

“bold, tastefully fuzzy garage-rock” ~ SPIN

 
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