VALLENS – TENNESSEE HAZE (VICE PREMIERE)


VALLENS exclusive world premiere of TENNESSEE HAZE on VICE.COM.

“Vallens, who are influenced by Twin Peaks and recorded their album with a former member of Psychic TV, I was blown away — But name-checking aside, Vallens is actually good. The music is shoegazey, complex, and textured—don’t listen to it because it’s cool, listen to it because it’s a good song. Then buy their new album on Hand Drawn Dracula, a label that continues to be both stylish and full of substance.” ~ VICE.COM

 

ROLEMODEL – UNTIL (feat. Praises) Premiere


ROLEMODEL premiere their new track “Until” featuring Jesse Crowe of BELIEFS / PRAISES off the group’s forthcoming EP, Claire (available now in our HDD STORE).

“The music of Rolemodel is often described as “dreamy,” “hazy,” “ethereal” – the list of adjectives with nods to the subconscious go on. This mood defined the pop-meets-shoegaze project’s 2013 full-length, Before Then Was Now, and continues on “Until,” an intoxicating new track” ~ FLAVORWIRE

 

Etiquette – Twinkling Stars (VIDEO) Premiere


ETIQUETTE premiere their new video for Nine Circles minimal wave anthem “Twinkling Stars” (directed by Luke McCutchean) via Self-Titled Magazine, and announce several festivals including NXNE w/ Son Lux & Glass Animals, and Hillside Music Festival.

DOOMSQUAD – TWO-WAY MIRROR (STREAM) + F*D UP TOUR


NEW DOOMSQUAD EP ~ Pagentry Suite will be released Digitally May 19th and on Limited Turquoise Vinyl June 16th via Hand Drawn Dracula (CAN / ROW). Also pleased to announce that DOOMSQUAD have joined the incredible roster of BELLA UNION for the European and UK release.

“Two-Way Mirror” premiere stream on NOISEY (CAN) and CLASH (UK) ///

DOOMSQUAD will be on tour from May through August opening up for FUCKED UP as well as joining them on stage to make a 9 piece band performing songs from FUCKED UP’s complete ZODIAC series of 12″ musical scores. Visit FU’s website for more about the tour and the ZODIAC project: http://fuckedup.cc/the-zodiac-tour/

Etiquette – Attention Seeker (Video) Premiere on NOISEY


ETIQUETTE premiere their new video for “Attention Seeker” on NOISEY today ~ the video “will make you want to find the nearest vehicle and steam up the windows.” Directed by Trevor Blumas (DOOMSQUAD) and Ghostprom.

Attention Seeker bears a moody, mellow bassline, akin in vibe to Metronomy’s She Wants. It could also totally have been part of the soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides. All of which is to say Attention Seeker is both dreamy and unsettling and the video is full of shadowy eroticism” ~ NOISEY

Reminisce is available to order now on LP, CD, and Premium Digital via Hand Drawn Dracula (HERE)
and via iTunes USA (FREE Single FEATURE iTunes USA) and iTunes Canada (New & Noteworthy Feature).

Etiquette Performance and Interview at Q Studios


“Julie Fader and Graham Walsh of ETIQUETTE – partners in music and life – bring their intoxicating, sultry sound to Studio Q. Their debut record, Reminisce, is a wholly original sonic exploration. Listening feels like wandering foggy city streets in the twilight hours.

The pair join guest host Jelena Adzic to discuss their penchant for collaboration and how their first major project together differs from what came before.” ~ Q

Stream the entire segment (27:39) HERE

Etiquette Reminisce premiere on Consequence of Sound & CBC

Listen to the premiere stream of ETIQUETTE‘s debut album “Reminisce”, on CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND and First Play on CBC Radio3. “Reminisce” is out March 24th, 2015 via Hand Drawn Dracula ~ PRE-ORDER HERE.

ETIQUETTE is a collaborative project of producer Graham Walsh (METZ, Viet Cong, Alvvays) and vocalist JULIE FADER.

Walsh’s “synth-heavy production also recalls classic acts like Eurythmics and Depeche Mode, and feels especially hypnotic when paired with Fader’s vocals, steady and feathery like those of Metric’s Emily Haines. ~ From the sparse starts (“Pleasantries”) to the pulsing intensity (“Twinkling Stars”), it’s difficult not to be enveloped by the Canadian natives’ lush and dreamy atmospherics.”
~ CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“slow, pulsing, dreamy synth clouds and melancholy lyrics, with the occasional blast of uptempo, dancefloor-ready electro”
~ CBC Music

 

DOOMSQUAD/Phèdre TOUR + SXSW w/ The POP GROUP, WILL BUTLER


DOOMSQUAD announce USA / Canada tour dates with Phèdre. Working their way up from New Mexico (where the band started preliminary work on a new full length), DOOMSQUAD are stopping by Austin’s SXSW Music Festival to play several shows with The POP Group, Will Butler and more! Look out for Spring tour dates, new music, and announcements to be made very soon…

Etiquette – Brown And Blue (Video)


Scion Sessions and Toronto dream pop duo ETIQUETTE (HolyFuck’s Graham Walsh and indie icon JULIE FADER) bring you the visual treatment for Brown and Blue; the latest offering from their debut album Reminisce, due out March 24th, 2015.

Directors Christopher Mills and Gaëlle Legrand bring their unique vision to the table, capturing the ethereal mood and tone of Etiquette’s Brown and Blue. “When a lonely Alchemist from a parallel universe begins experimenting with the abstract, new worlds can open up. Our camera floats hypnotically around his breezy, dilapidated laboratory, at times guided by the ghosts and memories of his past experiments – pushed, it seems, by Etiquette’s steady, pace, lush production, vocals, and cryptic lyrics.” ~ Chris Mills

Scion Sessions has previously collaborated with Etiquette & HDD on the sparse and moody track Outside In as part of the joint Scion Sessions x Field Trip limited edition Discovery Series 7”, as well as supporting their unforgettable live performance at the Field Trip Discovery Series / Hand Drawn Dracula showcase.

WISH – SLACKER (VIDEO) PREMIERE ON SPIN


WISH kick off 2015 with a video premiere of “Slacker,” directed by Luke McClutcheon, from their self-titled debut album via SPIN.

“”Slacker,” a highlight from last year’s self-titled album by Canadian dream-pop fuzzsters Wish. As dueling Yo La Tengo-esque guitars envelop Kyle Connolly’s washed-out vocals, the singer walks around an empty Aquarium of Niagara, gawking at the fish, cuddling with a sea lion, and at video’s climax, taking a dip in the deep blue himself.” ~ SPIN

Catch WISH this Friday, January 16th at Heretical Objects Cooperative’s opening night for Come Up To My Room, the 10-day annual alternative design extravaganza held at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

2014 Year End Round Ups


DOOMSQUAD

“The ancient electronic sounds of Doomsquad are part new age, part experimental and entirely original. After releasing their 2014 debut, Kalaboogie, on Toronto’s Hand Drawn Dracula label, they’ve been building a slow and steady momentum. One day they will explode like 1,000 stars in the sky, and we’ll be there to say, “Told you so.”” ~ CBC Radio3
 
“A defiantly “album”-like album in an iPod era, Doomsquad’s full-length debut is a monument to bloodyminded strangeness: a free-flowing melange of creepy chants, druggy drones and lockstep beats that only truly betrays its greatness when consumed in a single, enchanting sitting.” ~ The Star

The 12 Most Underrated Canadian Albums of 2014 ~ CBC Radio3
Top 10 Albums of 2014 ~ The Star
Top Albums of the Year 2014 ~ Redefine Magazine
#1 of Top 30 Albums of 2014 ~ NOTED UK
Top 10 Toronto Albums ~ BlogTO
Top 25 Albums of 2014 ~ Silent Shout
2014 Album of the Year ~ Quick Before It Melts
2014 Top 20 Canadian Albums ~ Ride The Tempo
2014 Top 14 Canadian Albums ~ Photogmusic
2014 Favourite Albums ~ Culture Addicts
2014 Album of the Year ~ Telescope Media
2014 Top Ten Albums ~ Grayowl Point

Top 10 Music Videos ~ Disremember/Dismemberment ~ Silent Shout
Top 10 Album Covers ~ Kalaboogie ~ Silent Shout
100 Essential Canadian Songs from 2014 ~ Head Spirit (Four our Mechanical Time) ~ Wavelength

COUSINS

“the Halifax duo washes over you with a sound rich with texture and reverb ~ buzzing with garage-rock energy and layered with a California fuzz so warm that if you just rolled down the window, you could almost taste the salty air.” ~ CBC Radio3

#25 of 30 Best Canadian Albums of 2014 ~ CBC Radio3
Top 10 Albums of 2014 ~ The Star
Top 10 “Canada Rocks” of 2014 – Weaves’ List ~ Brooklyn Vegan
SUB POP Staff & Artists Best of 2014 ~ SUB POP
Le Top 2014 ~ BRBR
Top 20 Albums of 2014 ~ The Coast
FWBA Best of 2014 ~ Friends With Both Arms
NMC Staff Pick Top 10s of 2014 ~ National Music Center
2014 Albums of the Year ~ Telescope Media
2014 Albums of the Year Staff Picks ~ The Indie Blender
Best of 2014 ~ Stylus Magazine
2014 Albums of The Year ~ The Newspaper
2014 Top 14 Canadian Albums ~ Photogmusic
2014 Top 20 Canadian Albums ~ Ride The Tempo
Albums and Songs of 2014 – Dan Mangan’s List ~ Drowned In Sound
2014 Staff Picks ~ The Record Exchange
 
WISH

“Drawing on all the right influences, yet still maintaining originality, Wish are a tasteful band and one to look out for in 2015.”
~ The 12 Most Underrated Canadian Albums of 2014 ~ CBC Radio3
#90 of Top 100 Canadian Songs of 2014 ~ CBC Radio 3
 









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