WISH‘s self-tiled debut album premiered on CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND, EXCLAIM!, and earned a NNNN review in NOW Magazine so far! WISH will be released August 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula / PRE-ORDER now on HDD’s Web Store.
Watch COUSINS full in studio performance : Live on KEXP
“Cousins, the grungy garage pop outfit from Halifax, Nova Scotia treat KEXP listeners to a live in-studio performance featuring songs from their 2014 release, The Halls Of Wickwire” ~ KEXP 90.3FM Seattle
“Toronto band WISH play stripped-down psych rock, and on “Retro Grade,” they manage to stuff a lot of spacey jamming into a two and a half minutes. The track appears on the band’s upcoming self-titled debut, and you can hear it in the video below, which also gives you a good look at the lyrics and the band themselves.” ~ STEREOGUM
08/19 Toronto ON @ Garrison w/ Grooms, Hooray for Earth
09/11 Toronto ON @ The Horseshoe w/ Dirty Nil
09/13 Hamilton ON @ Supercrawl w/ Petra Glynt, Beliefs
When we made WISH‘s “Retro Grade” music video, we also made three alternate versions featuring each member of the band… watch the Josh Korody, Emily Bitze, and Peter Gosling versions. “Clearly, one of the band members is a bit more excited about the shoot than the others” ~ EXCLAIM! Magazine
WISH debut is out August 26th. Pre-order HERE.
“As part of our Altered States series, Noisey ventured out to Halifax with Cousins to perform on Georges Island. Watch as garage rockers Aaron Mangle and Leigh Dotey take their live set onto the grassy hills of Halifax’s largest island” ~ NOISEY/VICE
COUSINS‘ release their Polaris Music Prize Long Listed album The Halls of Wickwire in Europe on September 8th via Mutations Record Co. In addition to Sappy-Fest, Wolfe Island, and Dawson City Music Festivals, COUSINS will play a string of Canadian dates with Constantines, and tour across the UK and continental Europe opening for Chad VanGaalen.
10/24/14 Halifax NS : Halifax Pop ~ Reflections Cabaret
10/04/14 Montreal PQ : Club Soda w/ Constantines
10/03/14 Toronto ON : The Danforth Music Hall w/ Constantines
10/02/14 Toronto ON : The Danforth Music Hall w/ Constantines
09/23/14 London UK : Birthdays
09/22/14 Brighton UK : The Hope,
09/15/14 Tillburg NL : Incubate w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/14/14 Amsterdam NL : Dokzaal w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/13/14 Cologne DE : King Georg w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/12/14 Copenhagen DK : Ideal Bar w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/11/14 Stockholm SE : Stacken w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/09/14 Aarhus DK : Radar w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/08/14 Berlin DE : Kantine am Berghain w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/07/14 Hamburg DE : Aalhaus w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/06/14 Hilvarenbeek NL : Itchy Feet Festival
09/05/14 Massembre BE : Deep In The Woods Festival
09/04/14 Gent BE : DOK w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/02/14 Paris FR : Le Point Ephémere w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/01/14 London UK : Oslo w/ Chad VanGaalen
08/09/14 Kingston ON : Wolfe Island Music Festival
08/08/14 Toronto ON : The Silver Dollar w/ Hands & Teeth, Beliefs
08/02/14 Sackville NB : SappyFest
07/20/14 Dawson YT : Dawson City Music Festival
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
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
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 – 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