“DOOMSQUAD, the mysterious Toronto/Montreal-based sibling trio, have been crafting eerie electronica for several years, and recently signed to Hand Drawn Dracula in order to spread their tunes to parts unknown.
To celebrate their new signing, we met with them in their basement, which conveniently doubles as a studio, for a performance of “Oovo,” off their as-yet-unannounced debut LP, tentatively titled Kalaboogie. The haunting track features chilling harmonies, a pulsing electronic beat, and a recorder solo.” ~ Exclaim
Beliefs and Greys release the Long Wings/Dodgson FREE 7″ and play with Tangiers, Dusted, Doom Squad, Breeze, & Cousins on Saturday June 15 @ the Hand Drawn Dracula NXNE showcase: www.facebook.com/events/663062563710835/
photo by Laura Lynn-Petrick
Hand Drawn Dracula welcomes DOOMSQUAD to the roster and we look forward to helping develop the project from the 3 song bandcamp demos into EPs and full length albums scheduled for later this year.
Dark new agers DOOMSQUAD re-code the electronic music narrative with a more worldly and cosmological presence than the genre would normally dictate. Their songs are rich in variance and full of vividness, spanning across their upcoming debut LP. Drawing in guitar, flute, percussion and synth, the Montreal and Toronto-based siblings Allie, Jaclyn and Trevor Blumas act as aural anthropologists, teaming relics of cross cultural traditions like chanting and repetition over seismic ripples of deep bass. Doomsquad’s mixing of influences leaves you feeling awakened.
Doomsquad EP released this summer and the debut full-length released this fall via Hand Drawn Dracula.
“strip away Slowdive’s lush glaze, and you may be left with “Zoomies” which glows with very early-’90s shoegaze and dream pop ~ might be what results if Yo La Tengo dunked Sonic Youth’s “Little Trouble Girl” in one of the Hoboken trio’s documentary-scoring seascapes.” ~ Vacouver Weekly
photo by Tess Parks
BELIEFS “Self-Titled” | limited smokey vinyl | BUY HERE
BELIEFS new video for “Carousel” off their self-titled debut album is Part Two in director Benjamin Portas’ HDD Video Trilogy. Part One was Dusted’s beautiful video for “Bruises”. Benjamin and Production Assistant Erica Beyea shot the video in remote Australia, taking advantage of their surroundings to craft a beautiful visual interpretation of the song.
The “dreamier” and “hazy” new clip for “Carousel” debuted on Brooklyn Vegan to coincide with the Beliefs’ Brooklyn show at Shea Stadium. Look for a European tour this fall including a few festival stops.
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05/30/13 Brooklyn NY : Shea Stadium Brooklyn w/ Slowdance
06/15/13 Toronto ON : NXNE Hand Drawn Dracula showcase w/ Dusted, Tangiers
HAND DRAWN DRACULA //NXNE 2013
5 Year Anniversary Showcase!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
1197 Dundas St. W.
(Reunited performing Hot New Spirits)
Scion Sessions and Hand Drawn Dracula combine for a second time on an original release pairing up bands from the family canon. On the occasion of the label’s 5th anniversary, two of its most peerless recent additions take grain of salt stabs on besting one another’s sound. Beliefs’ languid shoe-ward gaze raises to an accelerated pace on “Long Wings”, informed by Greys’ breakneck clip and guttural twists. The inverse: Greys’ deliberate “Dodgson” illuminates the gentleness hidden under their sludge. Almost too perfect a collaboration for already companion bands, who evidently could blur the line between them more often.
These two brand new tracks appear on opposing sides of a limited coloured & splattered vinyl 7″, hitting the streets at Hand Drawn Dracula’s NXNE party, June 15 at The Garrison (Toronto).