BELIEFS are joined by original Martha & The Muffins singer Martha Johnson on their rendition of the classic Toronto tune “Echo Beach” from their seminal album “Metro Music” which landed at number 42 on NOW Magazine’s Top 50 Toronto Albums list.
MARTHA AND THE MUFFINS // METRO MUSIC (1979) : With a British record deal, a hit in Echo Beach and Metro Music’s cover designed by Peter Saville, Martha and the Muffins were never confined to the CanCon ghetto. The group’s core was singer Martha Johnson and guitarist Mark Gane, but the original lineup, including sax player Andy Haas, shone with jazzy inventiveness. (Read via NOW Magazine)
“DOOMSQUAD, the mysterious Toronto/Montreal-based sibling trio, have been crafting eerie electronica for several years, and recently signed to Hand Drawn Dracula / Artificial 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 invited AUX into their Candle Recording on a sweltering day in early summer to capture this live studio performance of “Long Wings”, which appears on a limited Hand Drawn Dracula / Scion Sessions 7″ along with Greys’s “Dodgson”.
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/
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 entire debut LP Kalaboogie. 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 via Artifiacial Records / Hand Drawn Dracula and the debut full-length released this fall via Hand Drawn Dracula
Download: Riders on the Storm (from EP)
Catch DOOMSQUAD at HDD’s NXNE Showcase (facebook)
NEW BY DIVINE RIGHT video for “More Thorns” from “Organized Accidents”. Directed by Ben Srokosz! Album OUT NOW!
“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
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. Beliefs “Self-Titled” is available on limited smokey vinyl (only a handful of copies left) in our HDD on-line store.
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 7″, hitting the streets at Hand Drawn Dracula’s NXNE party, June 15 at The Garrison (Toronto). The coloured & splattered vinyl will free to all who show face early enough.
Hand Drawn Dracula is excited to announce TANGIERS as our headliner for NXNE 2013!
Ten years ago, Toronto band Tangiers recorded and released their debut record “Hot New Spirits”. These life long friends recorded this document live off the floor to tape, thus beginning a whirlwind of chaotic live shows, critical acclaim and heavy strange wildness. Tangiers was built with equal measure muscular intensity and lithe weirdo damaged poetry.
Blending core rock and roll, manic energy, and an outsider art soul, Tangiers predated a Toronto band explosion to come. Their unhinged energy and “locals only” city kid aesthetic came along with a rancid garbage strike and a sweltering heat wave. International recognition suggested a star on the precipice of birth, instead implosion.
It was over for this original line up in under a year.
10 years later Tangiers are reforming for a show, because playing feels good.
“Hot New Spirits is the lost gem of that time—an anxious, nervy, joyous announcement to the world. Other bands would come to define the scene and the decade, but this is what it sounded like before we knew where we were going – Top 10 Canadian albums of the decade” ~ MACLEANS
“Americas, here is your garage-rock underdog. 8.2″ ~ Pitchfork