“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
“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
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 [VOL 1]
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
NIGHT 1 [FRI FEB 19]
Fresh Snow /// guest Carmen Elle (DIANA)
Andrew Roy /// of Etiquette
Blue Light /// of Crosss, Shønsee
NIGHT 2 [SAT FEB 20]
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)
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)
LEAPER charting at #25 on KEXP & #46 on CMJ Radio 200 (week of Jan 12th)
#7 on Canada National Top #50 (week of Jan 5th)
02/13/16 Toronto ON : WAVELENGTH 16 – The Garrison w/ Soupcans, Duchess Says
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
“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
“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 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.”
11/21/15 Montreal PQ : M for Montreal ~ l’Escogriffe w/ Blue Cheese, Chastity, Yonatan Gat
11/27/15 Toronto ON : The Horseshoe w/ Dilly Dally
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!
CHASTITY release another track from their TAPE release, available November 13th on limited Cassette and Premium Digital via the HDD STORE. “You’re Scary Now” premiere is streaming now at CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND and CLASH.
“Williams’ voice swoons over layers of reverb-drenched guitars and droning bass lines on the song, blurring the lines between punk and shoegaze – continues to escalate, becoming an anthem for suburban dysphoria” ~ CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND (US)
“an enormous sense of atmosphere – swamped in reverb, draped in echo and suggestion” ~ CLASH (UK)
“… one of Canada’s brightest new prospects” ~ DIY MAGAZINE (UK)
12/03/15 Manchester UK : House Show
12/02/15 Birmingham UK : Hare & Hounds
12/01/15 Glasgow UK : Hug & Pint
11/30/15 Edinburgh UK : Sneaky Pete’s
11/29/15 Leeds UK : Brudenell Social Club w/ Meat Wave
11/28/15 Brighton UK : Mutations Festival w/ Chelsea Wolfe
11/27/15 London UK : VICE House Party @ Old Blue Last
11/26/15 Bristol UK : The Stag & Hounds w/ Big Brave
11/25/15 Liverpool UK : Maguires
11/24/15 London UK : Our Black Heart
11/21/15 Montreal QC : M for Montreal – l’Escogriffe
10/31/15 Toronto ON : Cinecycle w/ Bedroomer, Prince Innocence