“Vallens, who are influenced by Twin Peaks and recorded their album with a former member of Psychic TV, I was blown away — But name-checking aside, Vallens is actually good. The music is shoegazey, complex, and textured—don’t listen to it because it’s cool, listen to it because it’s a good song. Then buy their new album on Hand Drawn Dracula, a label that continues to be both stylish and full of substance.” ~ VICE.COM
07/19/15 Guelph ON : Incline / Decline Festival w/ Teenanger, Loom, Hooded Fang
06/25/15 Toronto ON : Smiling Budah w/ Them Are Us Too
06/19/15 Toronto ON : NXNE @ The Silver Dollar w/ Cassie Ramone, No Joy
06/19/15 Toronto ON : NXNE @ 159 Manning BBQ w/ Heaters
06/04/15 Hamilton ON : Baltimore House w/ Fake Palms, Mexican Slang
06/03/15 Toronto ON : Smiling Budah w/ Porches
“The music of Rolemodel is often described as “dreamy,” “hazy,” “ethereal” – the list of adjectives with nods to the subconscious go on. This mood defined the pop-meets-shoegaze project’s 2013 full-length, Before Then Was Now, and continues on “Until,” an intoxicating new track” ~ FLAVORWIRE
06/17/15 Toronto ON : NXNE @ Lee’s Palace w/ Doomsquad, Zola Jesus
05/16/15 Toronto ON : Drake Underground w/ Featurette
ETIQUETTE premiere their new video for Nine Circles minimal wave anthem “Twinkling Stars” (directed by Luke McCutchean) via Self-Titled Magazine, and announce several festivals including NXNE w/ Son Lux & Glass Animals, and Hillside Music Festival.
07/24/15 Guelph ON : Hillside Music Festival
06/27/15 Toronto ON : NXNE Danforth Music Hall w/ Son Luxe, Glass Animals ~ tickets
05/30/15 Toronto ON : Artscape Gibraltar Point
05/01/15 Ottawa ON : Ritual w/ Cold Specks
NEW DOOMSQUAD EP ~ Pagentry Suite will be released Digitally May 19th and on Limited Turquoise Vinyl June 16th via Hand Drawn Dracula (CAN / ROW). Also pleased to announce that DOOMSQUAD have joined the incredible roster of BELLA UNION for the European and UK release.
“Two-Way Mirror” premiere stream on NOISEY (CAN) and CLASH (UK) ///
DOOMSQUAD will be on tour from May through August opening up for FUCKED UP as well as joining them on stage to make a 9 piece band performing songs from FUCKED UP’s complete ZODIAC series of 12″ musical scores. Visit FU’s website for more about the tour and the ZODIAC project: http://fuckedup.cc/the-zodiac-tour/
FUCKED UP ZODIAC TOUR
05.09.15 Ottawa ON : Ritual w/ Fucked Up
05.16.15 Montreal QC : Bar Le Ritz w/ Follakzoid **
05.23.15 Liverpool UK : Evol Stage for LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY w/ Fucked Up
05.24.15 Bristol UK : The Marble Factory w/ Fucked Up
05.25.15 Leeds UK : Mine for GOLD SOUNDS FESTIVAL w/ Fucked Up
05.26.15 London UK : Koko w/ Fucked Up
05.29.15 London UK : Dalston Rooftop Gardens **
06.02.15 Berlin DE : Loophole **
06.05.15 Rotterdam NL : WORM w/ Dinner **
06.06.15 Amsterdam NL : De Nieuwe Anita w/ Dinner **
06.17.15 Toronto ON : NXNE Lee’s Palace w/ Zola Jesus
06.20.15 Toronto ON : NXNE The Garrison w/ Jennifer Castle
06.26.15 New York NY : The Wick w/ Fucked Up
06.27.15 Jersey City NJ : Monty Hall w/ Fucked Up
06.28.15 Philadelphia PA : International House Philadelphia w/ Fucked Up
06.29.15 Washington DC : Howard Theater w/ Fucked Up
07.01.15 Savannah GA : Southern Pine Company w/ Fucked Up
07.02.15 Atlanta GA : Eyedrum Gallery w/ Fucked Up
07.03.15 Birmingham AL : Saturn w/ Fucked Up
07.05.15 Nashville TN : Third Man w/ Fucked Up
07.06.15 Chicago IL : The Garfield Park Conservatory w/ Fucked Up
08.01.15 Meaford ON : Electric Eclectics Festival
ETIQUETTE premiere their new video for “Attention Seeker” on NOISEY today ~ the video “will make you want to find the nearest vehicle and steam up the windows.” Directed by Trevor Blumas (DOOMSQUAD) and Ghostprom.
“Attention Seeker bears a moody, mellow bassline, akin in vibe to Metronomy’s She Wants. It could also totally have been part of the soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides. All of which is to say Attention Seeker is both dreamy and unsettling and the video is full of shadowy eroticism” ~ NOISEY
Reminisce is available to order now on LP, CD, and Premium Digital via Hand Drawn Dracula (HERE)
and via iTunes USA (FREE Single FEATURE iTunes USA) and iTunes Canada (New & Noteworthy Feature).
“Julie Fader and Graham Walsh of ETIQUETTE – partners in music and life – bring their intoxicating, sultry sound to Studio Q. Their debut record, Reminisce, is a wholly original sonic exploration. Listening feels like wandering foggy city streets in the twilight hours.
The pair join guest host Jelena Adzic to discuss their penchant for collaboration and how their first major project together differs from what came before.” ~ Q
ETIQUETTE is a collaborative project of producer Graham Walsh (METZ, Viet Cong, Alvvays) and vocalist JULIE FADER.
Walsh’s “synth-heavy production also recalls classic acts like Eurythmics and Depeche Mode, and feels especially hypnotic when paired with Fader’s vocals, steady and feathery like those of Metric’s Emily Haines. ~ From the sparse starts (“Pleasantries”) to the pulsing intensity (“Twinkling Stars”), it’s difficult not to be enveloped by the Canadian natives’ lush and dreamy atmospherics.”
~ CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“slow, pulsing, dreamy synth clouds and melancholy lyrics, with the occasional blast of uptempo, dancefloor-ready electro”
~ CBC Music
05/01/15 Ottawa ON : Ritual w/ Cold Specks
04/29/15 Kingston ON : The Grad Club w/ Cold Specks
04/24/15 Hamilton ON : Mills Hardware w/ Cold Specks
04/23/15 Waterloo ON : The Starlight w/ Cold Specks
03/28/15 Guelph ON : Silence w/ Program
03/27/15 Montreal PQ : Bar Le Ritz P.D.B. w/ Program
03/26/15 Hamilton ON : The Baltimore House w/ Program
03/25/15 Toronto ON : The Drake Underground w/ Program
DOOMSQUAD announce USA / Canada tour dates with Phèdre. Working their way up from New Mexico (where the band started preliminary work on a new full length), DOOMSQUAD are stopping by Austin’s SXSW Music Festival to play several shows with The POP Group, Will Butler and more! Look out for Spring tour dates, new music, and announcements to be made very soon…
Scion Sessions and Toronto dream pop duo ETIQUETTE (HolyFuck’s Graham Walsh and indie icon JULIE FADER) bring you the visual treatment for Brown and Blue; the latest offering from their debut album Reminisce, due out March 24th, 2015.
Directors Christopher Mills and Gaëlle Legrand bring their unique vision to the table, capturing the ethereal mood and tone of Etiquette’s Brown and Blue. “When a lonely Alchemist from a parallel universe begins experimenting with the abstract, new worlds can open up. Our camera floats hypnotically around his breezy, dilapidated laboratory, at times guided by the ghosts and memories of his past experiments – pushed, it seems, by Etiquette’s steady, pace, lush production, vocals, and cryptic lyrics.” ~ Chris Mills
Scion Sessions has previously collaborated with Etiquette & HDD on the sparse and moody track Outside In as part of the joint Scion Sessions x Field Trip limited edition Discovery Series 7”, as well as supporting their unforgettable live performance at the Field Trip Discovery Series / Hand Drawn Dracula showcase.
WISH kick off 2015 with a video premiere of “Slacker,” directed by Luke McClutcheon, from their self-titled debut album via SPIN.
“”Slacker,” a highlight from last year’s self-titled album by Canadian dream-pop fuzzsters Wish. As dueling Yo La Tengo-esque guitars envelop Kyle Connolly’s washed-out vocals, the singer walks around an empty Aquarium of Niagara, gawking at the fish, cuddling with a sea lion, and at video’s climax, taking a dip in the deep blue himself.” ~ SPIN
Catch WISH this Friday, January 16th at Heretical Objects Cooperative’s opening night for Come Up To My Room, the 10-day annual alternative design extravaganza held at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.
“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
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
“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