Beliefs // Swooner (VIDEO) premiere via CLASH

BELIEFS release a new video for Swooner, directed by Ivy Lovell, via UK’s CLASH magazine.

“Even 40 years on from the dawn of punk, shaving your head can still be a rebellious move. For a woman, it’s an especially profound gesture. It’s the complete removal from a capitalist hierarchy, from the monetisation of female beauty. Don’t want to partake in the endless beauty chase? Shave it all off and let the world stare.

Thankfully, director Ivy Lovell captured the process, and an oddly intimate experience – matched to the searingly truthful music of Beliefs, it’s a coruscating listen and an addictive watch” ~ CLASH (UK)

04/22/16 Toronto ON : Adelaide Hall – Toronto ON w/ Casper Skulls, SUUNS

Nailbiter // Live Improvised #1 + Sworm (stream) via SPIN

NAILBITER Sworm premieres on SPIN Magazine today!

“Nailbiter Creates a Swarm of Sound on ‘Sworm’ ~ After releasing its tense debut album, Formats, back in September via Hand Drawn Dracula, Korody is now sharing his next effort, “Sworm.” Created solely with synthesizers, the anxiety-evoking track is a more experimental take on Korody’s guitar-less side. The surging rhythmic collection explores Korody’s modular potential, much like improvisational session recorded at his apartment party in October, the first in a series of live sessions.” ~ SPIN Magazine

Nailbiter (Josh Korody of BELIEFS / WISH) also recently released a new Live Improvised #1 session via Hand Drawn Dracula. The track was recorded live on October 4th, 2015 in his living room in front of small group of friends and musicians from the Toronto indie music scene. The experimental electronic session is the first in a series of live sessions. (photo by Harley Haskett)

Toronto’s Nailbiter brings an entirely different trance-inducing force. The modular electronic solo project of Josh Korody finds his dreams of wires shifting into industrial nightmares.” ~ AUX TV

Fresh Snow – King Twink Rides Again (Video) via FLOOD

FRESH SNOW premiere “King Twink Rides Again” video, from WON EP, via FLOOD Magazine (US)
+ Exclaim! Magazine (CAN), MARVIN Magazine (MX).

“One truly instrumental highlight of that EP was the epic “King Twink Rides Again,” ~ the experimental cut-up experience—made by Craig Orrett and Sturdy Films—is a beautiful traverse through woods, streams, and states of mind.” ~ FLOOD Magazine

02/19/16 Toronto ON : Endless City Gallery w/ Blue Light, Andrew Roy ~ FACEBOOK

Doomsquad “Solar Ass” premiere stream via Noisey

DOOMSQUAD premiere “Solar Ass” via Noisey (Canada, France, Italy, UK, USA) from their second full length album, Total Time, out April 29th 2016 on Bella Union / Hand Drawn Dracula.

“unearthly meditative dance track features desonant vocalization and techno loops that hang on the strand of buzzing bass lines and collection of drums that create an intoxicating loop of atmopsheric immersion” ~ NOISEY (CAN) / NOISEY (FR) / NOISEY (IT)

Endless City Gallery + HDD + MOOG

Hand Drawn Dracula & Moog Audio Presents a weekend of experimental sound and visuals
in a pop up gallery space (1161 Dundas St W, Toronto ON)  8PM / $10 Door  // FACEBOOK EVENT

Fresh Snow /// guest Carmen Elle (DIANA)
Andrew Roy /// of Etiquette
Blue Light /// of Crosss, Shønsee

Rhythms and Drones … Nailbiter Collaborations aka Josh Korody Birthday Extravaganza
/// Set 1 Nailbiter w/ Shønsee (Ami and Scarlett)
/// Set 2 Nailbiter w/ Simone (Darlene Shrugg), Mike (Fake Palms), and Shehzaad (Greys)
DJ Coarse Language (Jon Shouten)

/// poster James Mejia

Beliefs – Leave With You (VIDEO) via CLASH & STEREOGUM

BELIEFS premiere “Leave With You” video, directed by Sean Cartwright, via CLASH Magazine (UK), STEREOGUM (US), and KEXP 90.3FM. LEAPER has been popping up on numerous end of year lists including #3 on Sound Better With Reverb‘s “SHOEGAZE AND DREAM POP ALBUMS OF 2015”. LEAPER is out now on a limited run of green translucent vinyl. Order HERE.

“Dream pop viewed through a prism of distortion… build up into an atmospheric and deeply unique world. New album ‘Leaper’ emerged at the tail end of last year, matching sumptuous sonics against some of the band’s most developing songwriting yet. ‘Leave With You’ is an apt introductory point for those new to the charms of Beliefs.” ~ CLASH (UK)


Beliefs – Colour Of Your Name (Video) Under The Radar

BELIEFS premiere “Colour Of Your Name” video, directed by Alex Earl Grey, on Under The Radar Magazine.
LEAPER is available now on limited edition of 300 translucent green vinyl worldwide… order HERE soon!

“Leaper, a fine album that blurred all distinctions between dream pop euphoria and warped shoegaze disorientation – “Colour of Your Name,” one of the record’s more concise, pop-leaning highlights” ~ Under The Radar Magazine

Beliefs – Leaper – KEXP Song Of The Day

BELIEFS “Leaper” is KEXP’s SONG OF THE DAY on the Morning Show with John Richards.

“Shoegaze is alive and well with Canadian band Beliefs. It comes as no surprise that the duo of Josh Korody and Jesse Crowe were united by their love of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth after intially meeting at a mutual friend’s birthday party.

On the title track of their sophomore full-length, Leaper, the band push through the shimmering washes of reverb with their guy/girl harmonies, setting off a swoon with Kevin Shields-influenced guitar effects. A spoken-word part towards the end truly calls to mind Kim Gordon in “Kool Thing.” If you’re gonna wear your influences on your sleeve, might as well have the best influences.” ~ KEXP

* Beliefs “Leaper” #5 Most Added album at CMJ Radio 200 the week of Nov 24th
* Beliefs “Leaper” debuted at #94 on CMJ Radio 200 in the USA for the week of Dec 1st
* Beliefs “Leaper” at #53 on CMJ Radio 200 in the USA for the week of Dec 7th


NAILBITER premiere “Splatter” video on THUMP / VICE.

“Last month, Josh Korody somehow found time to put out an experimental industrial album Formats under the appropriately goth moniker Nailbiter with Toronto-based label Hand Drawn Dracula.

Now we have a new video for one of the record’s highlights, the uneasy, droning “Splatter,” directed by Adam Leon, follows the artist as he prowls darkened city streets and alleyways as if he’s being pursued by a shadowy Zodiac-esque killer” ~ THUMP/VICE

01/22/16 Toronto ON : The Silver Dollar – Wavelength & NeXT
12/12/15 Toronto ON : The Great Hall w/ Lydia Ainsworth, Petra Glynt, Egyptrixx

Vallens // Tennessee Haze (Video) via Noisey

VALLENS “Tennessee Haze” video premiere on NOISEY ~ “Directed by fellow Torontonian Shelby Fenlon, the clip finds Vallens mastermind Robyn Phillips wandering through a forest and other nature zones. It’s appropriately soft-focus, and the off-kilter chord changes of the song add to the feeling of dreamy disorientation.

‘Tennessee Haze’ was one of the first Vallens songs recorded,” says Phillips, “The video is inspired by a lot of different things, but it’s emphasis is on the silver lining of the day-to-day, like the lyrics of the song.”


Beliefs “Leaper” – KCRW Album Preview

Head to KCRW, Southern California’s National Public Radio flagship, to preview BELIEFS album new “LEAPER” in it’s entirety! In stores and available online Friday November 13th. Limited translucent green vinyl available now… order HERE soon!

“full-scale sonic assault” ~ EXCLAIM! (CA)

“On November 13, Hand Drawn Dracula will release Beliefs’ Leaper, which has to be one of the year’s more solid shoegaze/dream pop records.” ~ UNDER THE RADAR (US)

“25 years from now, when “dream pop” returns from a number of years of exile, it may very be records like Leaper that inspire the next generation of shoe-gazers.” ~ KCRW (US)






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