Entries tagged with: Beliefs
by Andrew Sacher
The 20th anniversary celebrations for Nirvana's In Utero continue this week with, Milkin' It, a tribute album from a number of Toronto bands co-curated by Greys, The Wooden Sky, and the Hand Drawn Dracula label. In addition to Greys and The Wooden Sky, the compilation also features covers from Beliefs, Teenanger, Absolutely Free, Odonis Odonis, Hooded Fang, HSY, and more.
For the album, Greys took on In Utero's second track, "Scentless Apprentice," and that cover makes its premiere in this post. The headbanging riffage and dissonant chorus of this one was a great choice for the noise punk quartet who probably owe more than a little of their sound to tracks like this one. They do the song the justice it deserves, and you can listen for yourself, below.
Greys will also be in NYC soon for CMJ (as will a few other bands on the comp). Their currently announced shows include Cameo on 10/15 with Hunters, PUP, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan, and Ovlov; and the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory on 10/17 with Pity Sex, Dads, Ovlov, Kal Marks and more.
All of their dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue just put out their new record, Tales of Transit City via The End Records in the US (and Sony/Columbia worldwide). The record owes much of its influence to the sounds of the late '60s and early-mid '70s, with hints of Pink Floyd's proggy psych atmospheres and the bluesy jamming of the Dead. And somebody was listening to the harmonies of John, Paul, George and Ringo when they wrote "Mr. Busdriver." Tales of Transit City isn't only a retro thing though. Though Okta Logue love the sounds of yesteryear, they do them in a way that suggests they're fans of some modern bands like The Walkmen and The Helio Sequence too. Check out two videos from the album and a Spotify stream of the whole thing, below.
Okta Logue are kicking off a North American tour in NYC tonight (10/2) at Mercury Lounge with NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette, who sound like they've heard a few Sufjan records in their time (stream their I'm Sorry You Hit Your Head LP below). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
After making their way around the US and Canada, Okta Logue return to NYC for CMJ, where they'll play the previously discussed Long Winters show at Bowery Ballroom (10/18), which also includes Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, and Promised Land Sound (sold out).
by Andrew Sacher
Toronto shoegazers Beliefs released their solid self-titled debut album earlier this year, and they've just made a video for one of its tracks, "Carousel." It's one of the dreamier tracks on the album and the hazy new clip suits it well. Check it out below.
Beliefs will be in NYC for a previously discussed show at Shea Stadium TONIGHT (5/30) with Slowdance and Painted Zeros. It's their only currently scheduled North American date, so this one's worth catching. Advance tIckets for tonight's show are still available and there will be tix at the door as well. Show flyer below.
Beliefs also made a split 7" with their pals Greys (who we profiled), which will be available for free in limited quantities at the bands' upcoming Hand Drawn Dracula party in Toronto at NXNE. If you're not going to NXNE this year, you can still listen to both tracks from the 7", which are streaming below. The Greys song, "Dodgson," is much shoegazier than their usual noise punk stuff, which makes it fit in great with Beliefs' contribution, "Long Wings."
Streams, video and show flyer below...
As mentioned, Lil Wayne and T.I. are going on a tour which hits the NYC-area on July 19 at Jones Beach, July 24 at PNC Bank Arts Center, and July 31 at Comcast Theatre. Inititally, Future was said to be opening those shows, but it will actually be 2 Chainz on the Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center shows, and Tyga on the Comcast Theatre show. Ticket info for the shows has also been posted. General and VIP package on-sale begins Saturday (5/4) at 10 AM, Fan Club/VIP Packages presale begin today at 10 AM, and a Citi Cardmember presale begins Thursday (5/2) at 10 AM.
Toronto shoegazers Beliefs released their self titled debut LP this past March and went on a tour that was supposed to hit Brooklyn's Shea Stadium that same month. Unfortunately, they had to cancel that show, but they are now set to come to the venue on May 30 with Slowdance. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Cayucas is playing Mercury Lounge on July 5. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Shugo Tokumaru and Mirah are playing Bowery Ballroom on July 11. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
PAPA is playing Mercury Lounge on June 17. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
by Andrew Sacher
Greys (photo by Jesse Crowe)
Toronto noise punks Greys formed about two years ago when singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani teamed up with high school pal Cam Graham (guitar) and began playing the type of abrasive guitar-based rock they grew up on. They eventually brought in drummer Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie, and turned Greys into the four-piece touring force that they are. They surfaced with the Ultra Sorta EP in 2011, followed by the Easy Listening EP in 2012, and they're about to drop their heaviest release yet, the Drift EP, on February 12 via their new home, Kind of Like Records. It was recorded by Josh Korody (of Beliefs) at Toronto studio Candle Recording (Owen Pallett, Austra, Doldrums, and more). That EP is making its premiere in this post, and you can stream it in its entirety below.
An easy comparison to make for Greys is their Toronto neighbors METZ (who're touring), but like that band, Greys have reached back to the noise rock-meets-post hardcore of early '90s bands like Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, Unsane... the list goes on. You'll also hear elements of My War-era Black Flag sludge, Seattle scene grunge, and straight-ahead fast punk. Plus, the band are working on a full length right now and according to Shehzaad, one of the songs they're working on "sounds like early Sloan, or Guided by Voices, or Pavement."
Greys might look to the past for influence, but not without a wink in their eye. "Hey, we're late to the party," they shout on "Drag," with the sort of post-modern notion that nothing's really original anyway. And they do this while playing with the kind of urgency where nothing in the world matters for two and a half minutes except playing the hell out of their songs. The guitars are thick, the drums pound away in fury, and Shehzaad shouts with a burning passion as he delivers lines like, "We have no marching song to overthrow our leadership/We have no teenage anthem to make ourselves feel like shit," on "Drag," which itself could end up making a pretty good case for being either of those things. "Drag" is the EP's second track, and it's sandwiched between the fast-paced opener "Carjack" and the notably longer closing track, "Pill," a song about medical issues which opens with a discordant swagger and ends with the band literally sounding like they're drowning and screaming out for help.
Greys don't have a tour booked at the moment, but they're expected to head to the US and stop in Manhattan and Brooklyn this March, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, I just spoke to Shehzaad about the making of the EP, the Toronto scene that they come from, and a pretty crazy experience the band had the last time they played NYC. You can head below to read that interview and listen to a stream of the Drift EP.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Beliefs - "Catch My Breath" (MP3)
Toronto shoegazers Beliefs are made up primarily of Josh Korody (who runs the studio Candle Recording, and has recorded Owen Pallett, Austra, Doldrums, and many more) and Jesse Crowe, but also feature other musicians both live and in the studio. Their self titled debut full length comes out on March 5 in the US via Manimal. No Pain in Pop will release it in Europe and Hand Drawn Dracula in Canada. They recently revealed the album's single, "Gallows Bird," but over the course of the last year or so they dropped other tracks from the album like "Catch My Breath" (which there's a video for), "Iron Streams," and digital bonus track, "Violets." And they also have recorded live video sessions for Exclaim! TV of two other album cuts, "Lily" and "Dead Water."
They definitely have a big love for the dreamy shoegaze of Slowdive, Ride, and of course My Bloody Valentine (who they've covered). If you like to describe your favorite guitar sounds as "swirling" and prefer your reverb with a side of vocals, this band is for you. You can download "Catch My Breath" at the top of this post, and stream it, along with those other tracks and videos, below.
Beliefs are working on putting together a short North American tour this year, and while all of the dates aren't finalized yet, we know that they'll be coming to NYC for shows on March 6 at Death by Audio with Heliotropes and Quiet Loudly and March 23 at Shea Stadium. Those shows fall on either side of SXSW where the band will be too, so if you're going, look out for them there.
Meanwhile, you can catch Heliotropes in NYC even sooner when they play The Paper Box on February 8 with JCK Davey, Dead Stars, The Veda Rays, and Strangers. Advance tickets for that show are on sale now.
Song streams, videos, and album info below...