2014 Year End Round Ups


“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


“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

“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

Etiquette // Outside In (Video) Stereogum Premiere

ETIQUETTE is pleased to share the video for “Outside In” through a premiere by STEREOGUM. The song appears on their forthcoming debut album, Reminisce, due for release February 24, 2015 on Hand Drawn Dracula. The video was directed by Christopher Mills and Gaëlle Legrand, with support from MuchFACT.

“the album will be one to look out for. It’s eerie, minimal synth and guitar music in the vein of Chromatics, or the back half of Talking Heads’ Remain In Light” ~ STEREOGUM

“Outside In” will be available digitally on December 16th, just two days before Etiquette take the stage in their hometown of Toronto at Danforth Music Hall, opening for Rural Alberta Advantage.

BELIEFS // Tidal Wave (VIDEO) STEREOGUM Premiere

BELIEFS is pleased to launch the video for new song “Tidal Wave” via the fine folks at STEREOGUM. The video, directed by Trevor Blumas (DOOMSQUAD) and Laura Lynn Petrick, perfectly complements the song evoking an atmosphere of pre-digital age, public access late-night music television. The track is a preview from the forthcoming album Leaper, scheduled to be released in spring 2015.

“Beliefs hail from Toronto and make the kind of fogged-in shoegaze that stands the test of time — I could have seen this band play last weekend in Brooklyn, but my mom could have seen them the year I was born.” ~ STEREOGUM

Praises // The Devil (Video)

PRAISES “The Devil” video premieres on CHARTATTACK, an ICEAGE cover, and local shows announced.

“The co-leader of Toronto shoegazers Beliefs debuts an otherworldly video for her dusted pop solo project. In Jesse Crowe’s Praises, you can still hear the same knack for sweeping melody displayed in the fuzzier shoegaze project Beliefs. It’s good music for impromptu journeys, and in her video for the “The Devil” we’re treated to a living room performance (shot by her father) superimposed with footage of a trip through Iceland.” ~ CHARTATTACK

Also listen to PRAISES cover of Iceage “Morals” via EXCLAIM!
“Crowe lets her cover slowly hit your core, like a couple extra shots of high-grade NyQuil” ~ Exclaim!






DOOMSQUAD‘s latest release, Kalaboogie Twice Me, is an EP of remixed tracks from their critically acclaimed debut, and was curated by DOOMSQUAD to represent and unite the electronic music scenes in Canada’s three largest cities. The EP features remixes by nationally established producers in Vancouver (Slade Robbie of Humans), Toronto (Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck / Etiquette, Lee Paradise of Phedre / Hooded Fang, & the powerhouse production team at Polyphasic Studios), and Montreal (Sibian & Faun).

Most recently, DOOMSQUAD contributed their version of Timber Timbre’s “Curtains?!,” to the remix package released by Arts & Crafts last week, after having performed at CMJ in New York the previous week. With no signs of slowing down, DOOMSQUAD offer this selection of free remixes before their performances throughout November with Gazelle Twin in Toronto, M for Montreal, and opening dates for Tanya Tagaq.

Nov. 6 – Toronto @ The Great Hall *
Nov. 7 – Ottawa @ National Arts Center *
Nov. 8 – Montreal @ Phi Theatre *
Nov. 13 – London @ Aeolian Hall *
Nov. 21 – Toronto @ Tattoo ^^
Nov. 22 – Montreal – M For Montreal @ Divan Orange ^^
* supporting Tanya Tagaq
^^ supporting Gazelle Twin

WISH // ALL THE TIME (Video) Premiere on Impose

WISH “All The Time” video premiere on IMPOSE Magazine. Filmed at Toronto’s Silver Dollar & The CNE by director Scarlett Rose.

“Scarlett Rose’s video catches Kyle, Peter, Emily, and Josh performing within the multiple kaleidoscopic frames, combining the illumination from the neon bathed carnival attractions with the low-lit glow of stage lights.” ~ IMPOSE



HAND DRAWN DRACULA is excited to welcome and introduce LOBBY and ETIQUETTE! Stream the first listen of both artists below and make sure to catch them along with other HDD artists at our label showcases at POP Montreal, Kingston, and Toronto:

09/17/14 : KINGSTON ON : HDD Showcase @ The Grad Club
w/ Lobby, etiquette, Beliefs – FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

09/18/14 : MONTREAL PQ : POP Montreal HDD Showcase @ O Patre Vys
w/ Dirty Nil, Lobby, etiquette, Weeknight, Doomsquad, Beliefs – FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

09/26/14 : TORONTO ON : HDD & Field Trip Discovery Series @ The Garrison
w/ RLMDL, etiquette, Lobby, Beliefs – FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

ETIQUETTE – What happens when the stunning singer/songwriter Julie Fader meets Graham Walsh of HOLY FUCK? In a nutshell, incredibly sophisticated pop music that is funky, slick, and seductive.

LOBBY – Members of Decades and Elsa form a new project as LOBBY and release their first single, “Out On The Scene”. Lobby sets a classic aesthetic tone with a modern edge that acknowledges artistic influences from Brian Eno, Roxy Music, the Chameleons, Pet Shop Boys, early Acid House, and ’90s sophisti-pop Sade.

WISH // Nothing to Say (Video) Premiere on The Fader

WISH premiere their new video for “Nothing To Say”, directed by Dylin North, on THE FADER today!
Featured: CMJ (Track of the Week), WILD Magazine, Exclaim Magazine, BAST (DK), IndieNative (JP)

“Watch a Hallucinogenic Video from Toronto Four-Piece WISH – With drawled vocals and gently muddled guitars, it’s the kind of stoned, comforting rock song easy to zone out to” ~ THE FADER

09/27/14   Toronto ON : White House w/ Zones, Animai
09/25/14   Toronto ON : Lee’s Palace w/ The Dandy Warhols
09/18/14   Montreal PQ : POP Montreal @ Balattou w/ Country
09/13/14   Hamilton ON : Supercrawl w/ Petra Glynt, Beliefs
09/11/14   Toronto ON : The Horseshoe w/ Dirty Nil

WISH // Album Premiere on Consequence of Sound

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.


COUSINS // Live on KEXP (Video)

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

WISH // Retro Grade (Video) Stereogum Premiere

WISH “Retro Grade” directed by Henry Sansom & James Mejia. WISH debut out 8/26. Pre-order HERE.

“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






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