Entries tagged with: Beliefs
by Bill Pearis
Toronto musician Josh Korody is a busy guy. He plays in bands Beliefs and WISH but has also been working on a solo project called Nailbiter whose debut album, Formats, is out Friday (9/25) via Hand Drawn Dracula. Taking inspiration from late-'80s/early-'90s industrial (and maybe a little DJ Shadow), Nailbiter is more about dark forboding atmosphere than song structure or hooks. And on that level it totally works, and would make an excellent soundtrack to a gruesome Halloween haunted house, next nightmare, horror film, etc. You can check out the whole album, which premieres in this post, below.
Nailbiter and Beliefs will bothl be playing NYC during CMJ. Beliefs play the Hand Drawn Dracula/Bella Union showcase at Palisades on October 14 with Landshapes, Doomsquad and Vallens. Tickets to that show will be available soon. Beliefs and Nailbiter will both play an unofficial show at Alphaville on October 15 with Ringo Deathstar, Dead Leaf Echo, Lazyeyes, and Vallens. That show is $10 at the door.
All Nailbiter and Beliefs tour dates are listed below.
The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 13-17, and today the initial list of artists was revealed. A bunch of these are NYC shows we've posted about (browse our "CMJ" tag), but highlights include Car Seat Headrest, Cheatahs, Destruction Unit, Dent May, Dilly Dally, Doomsquad, Drinks, Eternal Summers, Evans the Death, Ex Hex, Expert Alterations, Ezra Furman, Frankie Cosmos, Hooton Tennis Club, Kamasi Washington, Kero Kero Bonito, Mercury Rev, Nai Harvest, Neon Indian, Panda Bear, Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, S, Shannon and the Clams, Slim Twig, Stealing Sheep, The Album Leaf, The Dirty Nil, The Men, The Wonder Years, Titus Andronicus and Wildhoney. Check out the full list below.
Badges are on sale.
The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:
The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.
The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.
There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),
Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.
Toronto shoegazers Beliefs have a new album, Leaper, which will be out later this year via Hand Drawn Dracula. You can check out the video for "Tidal Wave," which will be on the album, below. As mentioned, Beliefs will be in NYC next week playing Cake Shop on February 4 as part of a pretty killer bill of Baltimore's Wildhoney, UK band Leave the Planet, and NYC's Dead Leaf Echo. $8 at the door for that one. They've also just added a second NYC show at Baby's All Right on February 6 with Algiers and The Flag. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Algiers are an Atlanta band who recently signed to Matador and make goth/industrial-leaning soul (or soulful goth/industrial?). You can check out the video for "But She Was Not Flying" below. Algiers also play Mercury Lounge on February 4 that is also with The Flag which is the current project of Ted McGrath (Antimagic, These Are Powers). Tickets are on sale now. These are Algiers first-ever NYC shows.
by Andrew Sacher
Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney have signed to Deranged Records (once home to Fucked Up, White Lung, and others) to release their debut album, which follows a few EPs. The album's called Sleep Through It and is due out on the label this February. You can get a taste of the LP from its title track, which is definitely full of those shoegazey guitars but it's first and foremost a pop song, not obscured by layers of distortion and reverb. Listen below.
Wildhoney are on tour now with their jangly Baltimore neighbors Expert Alterations, and will hit NYC soon for a show on January 25 at Silent Barn with two local shoegaze bands, Weed Hounds and Gingerlys. They play NYC again on February 4 at Cake Shop with an all-shoegaze lineup of London's Kanine-signed Leave the Planet, Toronto's Beliefs and NYC's Dead Leaf Echo. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Toronto's Kyle Connolly has been making music under the Wish moniker for a while now, and just released hit debut album via Hand Drawn Dracula. It's fuzzy, hooky guitar pop not that far from Yuck (or, you know, Yo La Tengo) and features members of Beliefs, Decades and other helping him flesh out his creations. You can stream the new album in full and check out the kaleidoscopic video for "All the Time" below.
Wish will be on tour this month, playing NYC during CMJ at Palisades on October 22 which is the Hand Drawn Dracula showcase with Beliefs, Doomsquad, Lobby, The Dirty Nil, and Blonde Elvis also on the bill. Other CMJ dates may turn up, stay tuned. Meanwhile, all tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and new video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Jesse James Laderoute is a maintstay in the quirkier side of Toronto's music scene, having played drums for Slim Twig, collaborated with Ell V Gore, and his own band Young Mother. Another of his projects is Blonde Elvis who make off-kilter glam somwhere between Brian Eno and Pulp. Blonde Elvis' 2012 EP was basically Laderoute solo but it's now become an actual band who have just started to record. They released "Slow Fall on Egypt" earlier this year and their second 2014 single is the terrific "Fit for Her," a midtempo stomper with heaps of attitude and a rousing chorus. The song's video was directed by Paul Hanlon and involves interviews he did with people about their childhood aspirations, plus famous folks coerced digitally to mime the chorus. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.
Blonde Elvis will dip below the border this weekend, visiting NYC at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on Saturday (10/4) with A Rex & J Rex, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, and headliners Las Rosas. They'll be back again on October 22 at Palisades with Wish and fellow Canadians Beliefs.
Those are the only two shows on Blonde Elvis' schedule. New video plus a few other Blonde Elvis streams below..
Olga Bell at Rough Trade in May (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 21-25) already announced one batch of artists and they've now revealed many more, including some whose shows were previously announced like A Place to Bury Strangers, DIIV, James, and more. Other additions include The A-Bones, Adult Jazz, Amanda X, Beliefs, The Beverleys, Bishop Nehru, Blue Hawaii, Dilly Dally, The Dirty Nil, Doug Gillard, Dusted, Ex-Breathers, Fielded, Girlpool, Guy Blakeslee, Heavenly Beat, HSY, J Fernandez, Jack & Eliza, Krill, Lia Ices, Literature, Nude Beach, Olga Bell, Paul Collins Beat, Pinact, Popstrangers, Radical Dads, Residual Kid, Run Forever, September Girls, She Keeps Bees, Shilpa Ray, Solids, Weyes Blood and a bunch of others.
Full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Manimal is releasing a Duran Duran tribute album, Making Patterns Rhyme: a tribute to Duran Duran, on July 15, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International. The comp features Warpaint, Little Dragon, Moby, Austra and more. Moby's cover of "Rio" was released recently (stream below), and now the cover of "Sound of Thunder" by Toronto shoegazers Beliefs can be streamed below as well. They've turned the song into one of their own (reverby vocals, swirling guitars), and it's not the first time they've put their spin on a classic song in the past year.
Check it out, plus the album tracklist, below...
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...