“Their unbridled and spontaneous blend of psych rock and dream pop drew on everyone from Neu! to King Khan, Pavement to Meat Puppets. – Hiding under all that fuzz are jagged alt rock riffs, glowing pop harmonies, punkish snarl, bits of prog rock grandeur, and specks of the blues and industrial.” ~ CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“self-titled debut perfectly balances psych, pop and shoegaze. It’s dramatic and spacey (the fade in and out of instrumental track Frances In Space sounds like Spiritualized), while Connolly’s vocals are paradoxically crisp and lo-fi, like Bradford Cox’s in Deerhunter.” ~ NNNN / NOW
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
BELIEFS cover “Sound of Thunder” for Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran released via Manimal Vinyl with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The comp features Warpaint, Little Dragon, Moby, Austra and more.
“The synth-punk cheese that helped put the New Romantics’ music videos in heavy rotation would, at first glance, appear ill-suited to mesh with the Beliefs’ shoegazing Wall of Sound atmospherics, but this cover proves otherwise, retrofitting the original’s danceable drama with ghostly vocals and tidal waves of fuzz to craft a version that’s far more eerie than its inspiration.” ~ SPIN Magazine
PRAISES is the solo project of BELIEFS co-founder Jesse Crowe. Following the world-wide critical acclaim of Beliefs, Jesse wasted no time and headed into Toronto’s Candle Recording Studio (Owen Pallet, Austra, F’d Up) to put her creative energy into a 4 song EP filled with Dream Pop, Freak Folk, and Madchester sounds.
BELIEFS are setting out on their first European Tour with stops at the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany, Incubate in Holland, and a DJ Night at 8MM in Berlin. Only a few copies of their debut on smokey coloured vinyl are still available via the HDD Store!
09.08.13 – Grolsch Festival Party @ TiFF – Toronto, ON
09.19.13 – Harlem Bar – Reykjavik IS
09.21.13 – Incubate Festival – Tilburg NL
09.22.13 – JC Den Eglantier – Antwerp BE
09.25.13 – Hafen 2 – Offenbach DE
09.26.13 – West Germany – Berlin DE
09.28.13 – Reeperbahnn Festival – Hamburg DE
09.30.13 – Seabright Arms – London UK
10.01.13 – Pivo – Glasgow UK
10.02.13 – Shipping Forecast – Liverpool UK
10.03.13 – Old Blue Last – London UK
10.04.13 – Espace B – Paris FR
10.20.13 – Piston – Toronto ON w/ is/is
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)
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/
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.