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2014 YEAR END ROUND UP


 

DOOMSQUAD

“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

The 12 Most Underrated Canadian Albums of 2014 ~ CBC Radio3
Top 10 Albums of 2014 ~ The Star
Top Albums of the Year 2014 ~ Redefine Magazine
#1 of Top 30 Albums of 2014 ~ NOTED UK
Top 10 Toronto Albums ~ BlogTO
Top 25 Albums of 2014 ~ Silent Shout
2014 Album of the Year ~ Quick Before It Melts
2014 Top 20 Canadian Albums ~ Ride The Tempo
2014 Top 14 Canadian Albums ~ Photogmusic
2014 Favourite Albums ~ Culture Addicts
2014 Album of the Year ~ Telescope Media
2014 Top Ten Albums ~ Grayowl Point
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

 

COUSINS

“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

#25 of 30 Best Canadian Albums of 2014 ~ CBC Radio3
Top 10 Albums of 2014 ~ The Star
Top 10 “Canada Rocks” of 2014 – Weaves’ List ~ Brooklyn Vegan
SUB POP Staff & Artists Best of 2014 ~ SUB POP
Le Top 2014 ~ BRBR
Top 20 Albums of 2014 ~ The Coast
FWBA Best of 2014 ~ Friends With Both Arms
NMC Staff Pick Top 10s of 2014 ~ National Music Center
2014 Albums of the Year ~ Telescope Media
2014 Albums of the Year Staff Picks ~ The Indie Blender
Best of 2014 ~ Stylus Magazine
2014 Albums of The Year ~ The Newspaper
2014 Top 14 Canadian Albums ~ Photogmusic
2014 Top 20 Canadian Albums ~ Ride The Tempo
Albums and Songs of 2014 – Dan Mangan’s List ~ Drowned In Sound
2014 Staff Picks ~ The Record Exchange

 

WISH

“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

COUSINS // LIVE ON KEXP (Video)


Watch COUSINS full in studio performance : Live on KEXP

“Cousins, the grungy garage pop outfit from Halifax, Nova Scotia treat KEXP listeners to a live in-studio performance featuring songs from their 2014 release, The Halls Of Wickwire” ~ KEXP 90.3FM Seattle

(photo by Charina Pitzel)

COUSINS TOUR w/ CONSTANTINES, CHAD VANGAALEN


 
“As part of our Altered States series, Noisey ventured out to Halifax with Cousins to perform on Georges Island. Watch as garage rockers Aaron Mangle and Leigh Dotey take their live set onto the grassy hills of Halifax’s largest island” ~ NOISEY/VICE

COUSINS‘ release their Polaris Music Prize Long Listed album The Halls of Wickwire in Europe on September 8th via Mutations Record Co. In addition to Sappy-Fest, Wolfe Island, and Dawson City Music Festivals, COUSINS will play a string of Canadian dates with Constantines, and tour across the UK and continental Europe opening for Chad VanGaalen.

10/24/14   Halifax NS : Halifax Pop ~ Reflections Cabaret
10/04/14   Montreal PQ : Club Soda w/ Constantines
10/03/14   Toronto ON : The Danforth Music Hall w/ Constantines
10/02/14   Toronto ON : The Danforth Music Hall w/ Constantines
09/23/14   London UK : Birthdays
09/22/14   Brighton UK : The Hope,
09/15/14   Tillburg NL : Incubate w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/14/14   Amsterdam NL : Dokzaal w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/13/14   Cologne DE : King Georg w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/12/14   Copenhagen DK : Ideal Bar w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/11/14   Stockholm SE : Stacken w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/09/14   Aarhus DK : Radar w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/08/14   Berlin DE : Kantine am Berghain w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/07/14   Hamburg DE : Aalhaus w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/06/14   Hilvarenbeek NL : Itchy Feet Festival
09/05/14   Massembre BE : Deep In The Woods Festival
09/04/14   Gent BE : DOK w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/02/14   Paris FR : Le Point Ephémere w/ Chad VanGaalen
09/01/14   London UK : Oslo w/ Chad VanGaalen
08/09/14   Kingston ON : Wolfe Island Music Festival
08/08/14   Toronto ON : The Silver Dollar w/ Hands & Teeth, Beliefs
08/02/14   Sackville NB : SappyFest
07/20/14   Dawson YT : Dawson City Music Festival

COUSINS // OCEAN (VIDEO)


INDIE88 / 88.1FM Radio premiered COUSINS‘ new video directed by Mackenzie Burke for the summer anthem “Ocean” today. “The hazy, VHS-styled new vid will have you wishing you were at the beach in no time.”

“Now, with its latest album, The Halls of Wickwire — its first for relentlessly on-point Toronto indie label Hand Drawn Dracula — the Halifax duo of Aaron Mangle and Leigh Dotey has, under the stewardship of producer/mixer Graham Walsh (of Holy F—) and engineer Josh Korody (of Beliefs), pulled off a studio recording that comes remarkably close to duplicating the entire might, meat and melody of a Cousins gig for the benefit of your headphones and your living-room system.” ~ The Star Entertainment / Ben Rayner

The Halls of Wickwire is OUT NOW! | BUY HERE | “10 songs of pure high-powered, joyful punk fun” ~ INDIE88/88.1FM

COUSINS // BODY (Video) via NOISEY


COUSINS The Halls of Wickwire | Limited LP/CD/Cassette/Digital | BUY HERE

“Today, Halifax garage-rock power-duo COUSINS release their third LP, The Halls of Wickwire and with it, this badass boxing video for “Body.” New to Hand Drawn Dracula Records, Cousins is one of the hardest working bands around; the album was produced by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck, Metz) and Josh Korody (Beliefs, Fucked Up), so it sounds fucking tight. Yeah, it sounds like it was made in a basement but the basement is worth two million dollars. A gorgeous knock-out rock-out. The dream team starts an eastern tour tomorrow.” ~ NOISEY/VICE Premiere.

COUSINS // THE HALLS OF WICKWIRE (ALBUM STREAM)


COUSINS The Halls of Wickwire | Limited LP/CD/Cassette/Digital | BUY HERE

Ahead of the May 13the release, COUSINS The Halls of Wickwire is available to stream in FULL over at EXCLAIM! Magazine, Impose Magazine, and more.

HDD put the band in Toronto’s Candle Recording studio with Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck, etiquette, Metz) and Josh Korody (Beliefs, Greys, Fucked Up) to record the 10-song collection described as “the ghost of a young Walkmen frontman tackling a head-banging proclamation of internal struggle and motivation” ~ PORTALS
 
08/09/14   Kingston ON : Wolfe Island Music Festival
07/19/14   Dawson YT : Dawson City Music Festival
06/29/14   Minneapolis MN : 7th ST. Entry
06/27/14   Winnipeg MB : Windsor Hotel
06/26/14   Saskatoon SK : Vangelis Tavern
06/25/14   Calgary AB : Palamino
06/24/14   Edmonton AB : Wunderbar
06/21/14   Seattle WA : Tractor Tavern w/ Chad VanGallen
06/20/14   Eugene OR : Sam Bond’s Garage w/ Chad VanGallen
06/19/14   Oakland CA : The New Parish w/ Chad VanGallen
06/18/14   Los Angeles CA : The Echo w/ Chad VanGallen
06/17/14   San Francisco CA : Brick & Mortar Music Hall w/ Chad VanGallen
06/15/14   Portland OR : Mississippi Studios w/ Chad VanGallen
06/13/14   Vancouver BC : Media Club
06/12/14   Victoria BC : Lucky Bar
05/25/14   Hamilton ON : The Casbah w/ Chad VanGallen
05/24/14   Toronto ON : Lee’s Palace w/ Chad VanGallen
05/23/14   Pontiac MI : The Pike Room at The Crofoot w/ Chad VanGallen
05/22/14   Chicago IL : Empty Bottle w/ Chad VanGallen
05/21/14   Indianapolis IN : Do317 Lounge w/ Chad VanGallen
05/20/14   Columbus OH : The Basement w/ Chad VanGallen
05/19/14   Cincinnati OH : MOTR Pub w/ Chad VanGallen
05/18/14   Pittsburgh PA : Brillobox w/ Chad VanGallen
05/17/14   Washington DC : Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Chad VanGallen
05/16/14   Philadelphia PA : Milkboy w/ Chad VanGallen
05/15/14   Brooklyn NY : The Bell House w/ Chad VanGallen
05/14/14   Cambridge MA : Bear’s Place w/ Chad VanGallen
05/13/14   Montreal PQ : Cabaret w/ Chad VanGallen

COUSINS // MESS (Video) via SPIN & EXCLAIM!


COUSINS The Halls of Wickwire | Limited LP/CD/Cassette/Digital | BUY HERE

Halifax indie-rock duo COUSINS premiere their condiment-heavy new video for “Mess” via SPIN & Exclaim! Magazine today! Cousin’s much anticipated third full-length The Halls of Wickwire is set for release on May 13th 2014 via Hand Drawn Dracula. Catch them on tour with Chad VanGaalen throughout North America with more Canadian dates TBA.

“bold, tastefully fuzzy garage-rock” ~ SPIN
 
06/22/14 Spokane WA : The Bartlett w/ Chad VanGallen
06/21/14 Seattle WA : Tractor Tavern w/ Chad VanGallen
06/20/14 Eugene OR : Sam Bond’s Garage w/ Chad VanGallen
06/19/14 Oakland CA : The New Parish w/ Chad VanGallen
06/18/14 Los Angeles CA : The Echo w/ Chad VanGallen
06/17/14 San Francisco CA : Brick & Mortar Music Hall w/ Chad VanGallen
06/15/14 Portland OR : Mississippi Studios w/ Chad VanGallen
05/25/14 Hamilton ON : The Casbah w/ Chad VanGallen
05/24/14 Toronto ON : Lee’s Palace w/ Chad VanGallen
05/23/14 Pontiac MI : The Pike Room at The Crofoot w/ Chad VanGallen
05/22/14 Chicago IL : Empty Bottle w/ Chad VanGallen
05/21/14 Indianapolis IN : Do317 Lounge w/ Chad VanGallen
05/20/14 Columbus OH : The Basement w/ Chad VanGallen
05/19/14 Cincinnati OH : MOTR Pub w/ Chad VanGallen
05/18/14 Pittsburgh PA : Brillobox w/ Chad VanGallen
05/17/14 Washington DC : Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Chad VanGallen
05/16/14 Philadelphia PA : Milkboy w/ Chad VanGallen
05/15/14 Brooklyn NY : The Bell House w/ Chad VanGallen
05/14/14 Cambridge MA : Bear’s Place w/ Chad VanGallen
05/13/14 Montreal PQ : Cabaret w/ Chad VanGallen
04/12/14 Kingston ON : The Grad House
04/11/14 London ON : Call the Office
04/10/14 Guelph ON : Kazoo! Fest ~ eBar

COUSINS // THE HALLS OF WICKWIRE


COUSINS The Halls of Wickwire | Limited LP/CD/Cassette/Digital | BUY HERE

We’re excited to officially announce COUSINS have joined Hand Drawn Dracula!

HDD has worked closely with Cousins over the past two years, hosting them at our HDD 2012 Pop Montreal & 2013 NXNE label showcases, and featuring their track “Baby” on our Scion Sessions 2012 vinyl compilation. Their much anticipated The Halls of Wickwire full length was recorded with HDD collaborators Graham Walsh (HOLY FUCK) and Josh Korody (BELIEFS) at Toronto’s fast emerging Candle Recording Studio (Fucked Up, Austra, Owen Palett). “The Halls of Wickwire” is co-released with Ba Da Bing Records (USA). Check them out!
 
05/23/14   Pontiac MI : The Pike Room at The Crofoot w/ Chad VanGallen
05/22/14   Chicago IL : Empty Bottle w/ Chad VanGallen
05/21/14   Indianapolis IN : Do317 Lounge w/ Chad VanGallen
05/20/14   Columbus OH : The Basement w/ Chad VanGallen
05/19/14   Cincinnati OH : RMOTR Pub w/ Chad VanGallen
05/17/14   Washington DC : Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Chad VanGallen
05/15/14   Philadelphia PA : Milkboy w/ Chad VanGallen
05/15/14   Brooklyn NY : The Bell House w/ Chad VanGallen
04/10/14   Guelph ON : Kazoo! Fest ~ eBar
02/21/14   Boston MA : House Show
02/20/14   Annandale-on-Hudson NY : Bard College
02/19/14   Brooklyn NY : Glasslands

COUSINS TOUR w/ CHAD VANGALLEN


COUSINS The Halls of Wickwire | Limited LP/CD/Cassette/Digital | BUY HERE

COUSINS announce North American tour with Chad VanGallen and ready new album The Halls Of Wickwire due out later this year on Hand Drawn Dracula.
 
05/23/14   Pontiac MI : The Pike Room at The Crofoot w/ Chad VanGallen
05/22/14   Chicago IL : Empty Bottle w/ Chad VanGallen
05/21/14   Indianapolis IN : Do317 Lounge w/ Chad VanGallen
05/20/14   Columbus OH : The Basement w/ Chad VanGallen
05/19/14   Cincinnati OH : RMOTR Pub w/ Chad VanGallen
05/17/14   Washington DC : Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Chad VanGallen
05/15/14   Philadelphia PA : Milkboy w/ Chad VanGallen
05/15/14   Brooklyn NY : The Bell House w/ Chad VanGallen
04/10/14   Guelph ON : Kazoo! Fest ~ eBar
02/21/14   Boston MA : House Show
02/20/14   Annandale-on-Hudson NY : Bard College
02/19/14   Brooklyn NY : Glasslands
02/17/14   Ann Arbor MI : House Show
02/16/14   Toronto ON : WAVELENGTH The Garrison w/ Lido Pimienta, Greys
02/15/14   Hamilton ON : The Casbah
02/14/14   Ottawa ON : Gabba Hey
02/13/14   Montreal PQ : Divan Orange

COUSINS // WHAT’S YOUR NAME? (Video) via DIY

HDD’s been working closely this past year with Cousins on their new record “The Halls of Wickwire” and it’s a good one! The album was recorded with HDD collaborators Graham Walsh (HOLY FUCK) and engineer Josh Korody (BELIEFS). More news, dates, and a proper press release with all the info soon! In the meantime, watch the UK premiere of their new video “What’s Your Name?” from the forthcoming digital single and full length LP. UK/EU/CAN Tour Dates listed HERE and below:

06/22/13 Calgary AB : Sled Island
06/21/13 Calgary AB : Sled Island
06/15/13 Toronto ON : NXNE ~ Hand Drawn Dracula Showcase
06/07/13 Halifax NS : Obey Convention ~ Bus Stop Theatre
05/31/13 Osnabruck DE : Kleine Freiheit
05/30/13 Hamburg DE : Molotow
05/29/13 Berlin DE : Crystal
05/24/13 Amsterdam NL : Delicatessen Zeeburg
05/18/13 Brighton UK : The Great Escape ~ The Hope Artrocker Stage (7:45 pm)
05/17/13 Brighton UK : The Great Escape ~ Blind Tiger Club (2:45 pm)
05/15/13 London UK : Lock Tavern
05/15/13 London UK : Shacklewell Arms