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.
“First Look: Prepare to get hooked on the glistening new album from fuzzy dream-pop band, Beliefs” ~ Dazed & Confused
“using their seminal influences as a catalyst rather than template, “their self-titled debut album is a frighteningly assured and expansive effort, recalls last decade’s High Water Marks, Women or Deerhunter” ~ Rough Trade UK
“Layers of dreamy barely-there vocals, thick crunchy guitar chords, feedback overtones and urgent drums propel this addictive, rousing shoe-gaze anthem.” ~ Rough Trade/The Guardian UK
“The album will please fuzz-lovers with distortion-filled amp-melters like “Catch My Breath,” while seven-and-a-half minute closer “Gallows Bird” begins with contemplative arpeggios before exploding into a cinematic epic.” ~ Exclaim! Magazine
“You are invited too the strangest of dinner parties in Beliefs’ video for “Lilly.” The Toronto shoegazers deliver a hazy Matthew Barney-like fever dream with black and pink spaghetti served as the main course.” ~ Stereogum
03/30/13 Toronto, ON : The Garrison w/ Kestrels, Decades, Greys *** Record Release Party
03/23/13 Brooklyn, NY : Shea Stadium Brooklyn w/ Black Marble
03/22/13 Boston, MA : PA’s Lounge w/ 28 Degrees Taurus
03/19/13 Chicago, IL : The Empty Glass w/ Jacco Gardner
03/16/13 Austin, TX : SXSW, Empire Room w/ KXP, Heliotropes, Hott MT
03/10/13 St. Louis, MO : Blank Space w/ Heliotropes
03/09/13 Louisville, KY : Zanzabar w/ Heliotropes
03/08/13 Charleston, WV : The Empty Glass w/ Heliotropes
03/07/13 Pittsburgh, PA : 6119 w/ Heliotropes
03/06/13 Brooklyn, NY : Death By Audio w/ Heliotropes
02/27/13 Toronto, ON : The Garrison w/ Grounders, Beach Fossils
NME The Buzz
Beamed up from the same Canadian hype scene that made good with Grimes and Doldrums, Toronto duo Beliefs are, in a musical sense, the blissed-out siblings of their freaky Montreal buddies. Clinging to the shaky shoegaze train, they manage to not be totally boring – unlike 99.9 per cent of their genre compatriots. Songs like ‘Catch My Breath’ give a serotonin injection to soaring dreampop that’s every bit as spiritual as their name suggests. What’s more, singer-guitarist Jesse Crowe used to have a hairdressing salon called – ahem – Grateful Head. Their self-titled debut LP – out March 4 on No Pain In Pop [March 5th on Hand Drawn Dracula & Manimal] – promises nifty cuts of the sonic variety.
PRE-ORDER BELIEFS “Self Titled” debut now from our HDD ONLINE STORE.
Available on a Limited Edition run of 300 Clear Smokey Vinyl, and Premium Digital (MP3, FLAC).
BELIEFS – “Self Titled“ tracklisting:
01. Iron Streams
02. Catch My Breath
04. Waiting For The World To End
05. Dead Water
08. She Comes Alive
10. Gallows Bird
Violets (Digital Bonus Track)