Entries tagged with: Hooded Fang
UPDATE: They're changing it.
photo: Viet Cong at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
We all know people -- all of them white, mostly straight men -- who are either indifferent or ask the same thing: "What about Joy Division?"Following that piece being published, an article on Yahoo suggested that Viet Cong's album should win the Polaris Prized based on the music, but it shouldn't win unless they change their name. An article on Chart Attack says it's rumored that they actually might:
Well, what about Joy Division? The late '70s British post-punk band named themselves after camps that held Jewish women who were used as sex slaves by Nazi soldiers. After their lead singer died, the existing members formed the band New Order, a reference to Hitler's political ideologies. In an interview with Israeli news outlet Haaretz earlier this year, founding member of both bands, Bernard Sumner, described how they just liked the way it sounded. He admitted, "Now, in my more mature years, I probably wouldn't pick it, because I know it would offend and hurt people, but back then, I was very young and well, selfish. Calling ourselves Joy Division was a bit mischievous."
The bands Gang of Four, Black Pussy, British India and Slaves are equally unacceptable names. All these bands are comprised of white men who have named themselves after something to which they have no tangible emotional or socio-political connection. All these bands chose their names because they felt it gave them an edge and liked the sound of it. (There's also no small amount of irony in using the "historical precedent" argument of previous offensive band names in the face of the real historical precedent of war, violence and extreme loss.)
This week's hot CanCon rumour, grapevine gossip and telephone game is that Calgary band Viet Cong will change their name at the gala for the 2015 Polaris Prize, for which they've been shortlisted, this coming Monday.No official word from Viet Cong yet. Stay tuned.
Viet Cong are currently on tour with Greys and they play a POP Montreal show tonight (9/18). BV's own Bill Pearis is currently at POP and he says a lot of people are bringing up Viet Cong's rumored name change. If you haven't yet, check out Bill's recaps of day 1 and day 2 of the fest.
by Bill Pearis
Toronto's Fake Palms began as solo demos made by Michael le Riche but he soon turned it into a full band with help from members of Slim Twig and Hooded Fang. The band make low fi post-punk, not entirely dissimilar to Women and Viet Cong, though with a little more straightforward songwriting. (Not a bad thing at all.) Fake Palms' self-titled debut album will be out August 28 via Buzz Records and you can get an early taste via single "Sparkles" which you can listen to, or watch the Allison Johnston-directed video, below.
The band will be on tour soon, and dates include NYC at Palisades on August 24. Lineup and ticket info are still TBA but all dates are listed below.
DFA 1979 at FFF 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
Bob Dylan undeniably changed the worlds of folk music and folk rock, and over half a century after the release of his first album he's still going strong. His 36th album is due out next year and right now he's on a tour which begins a five-night run at Beacon Theater tonight.
Death From Above 1979, Biblical @ Terminal 5
Returning 10 years after their debut album, DFA1979 are still partying like it's 2004 with their fuzzy brand of drums-and-bass.
Quintron's Weather Warlock w/ Sean Lennon, Steve Shelley, Nels Cline & more @ Secret Project Robot
Speaking of party machines, Quintron is playing this special show featuring his self-designed piece of equipment (the "Weather Warlock") that makes sounds based on atmospheric conditions. He's got a host of guests helping him out for this show.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King Blues Club
The legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic pushed the boundaries of rock, soul, funk and psychedelia on their classic early '70s albums, and they're still at it. This week saw the release of First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, the first Funkadelic record since 2008.
College, Eno @ Highline Ballroom
French electronic musician College may still be best known in some circles for his contribution to the Drive soundtrack, but he's got more where that came from, as we'll hear at Highline tonight. Opening is NYC's Eno, not to be confused with Brian.
Rhys Darby @ Bell House (2 Shows)
Best known as Flight of the Conchords' manager, Murray, the New Zealand comedian is not to be missed. Mark yourself "present" at either the early or late show.
American Wrestlers, Splashh, Kate Rush, Heathered Pearls (DJ Set), R. Stevie Moore (DJ & MC) @ Baby's All Right
American Wrestlers are freshly signed to Fat Possum and make catchy, jangly indiepop. Check out "I Can Do No Wrong" below. Also on the bill are Brooklyn's '80s-sweater-loving R&B/newwave throwbacks Splashh.
Grade, Ensign, Jewel Heist, Regret @ Saint Vitus
'90s-era post-hardcore band Grade were one of the bands who signed to Victory before that label turned to shit, and helped pioneer the screaming/singing mix that would soon take over most of that label's output and a ton of other bands in the 2000s emo scene. They're reunited now, and tonight they make their return to NYC with fellow '90s hardcore band Ensign on board as well.
Hooded Fang, EZTV, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Glasslands
Toronto's Hooded fang make trippy, organ-fueled, party-friendly garage pop. They play tonight with EZTV who owe a lot to early-'80s powerpop like Let's Active, Tommy Keene and Matthew Sweet.
Living Colour, Unlocking The Truth @ Irving Plaza
Two opposite ends of the heavy metal spectrum meet at Irving Plaza tonight with '80s-era veterans Living Colour and one of the youngest bands to ever play Coachella, Unlocking the Truth.
Phil Lesh @ Capitol Theatre
Another weekend, another 2-night stand of Phil Lesh at The Cap. As any Deadhead can tell you, Phil Lesh plays the favorites and his current band does it well. It's another night of his never-ending residency at The Cap, and these shows are always a good time.
Hockey, Born Cages, Evvy, Napoleon @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
it's another night of free tunes plus food, drinks, shopping, arcade games and more at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Tonight's lineup is headlined by former buzz band Hockey.
It's also Record Store Day Black Friday, with a bunch of exclusive titles that might make good holiday gifts? That's what they're banking on, anyway. We do kinda want the New Order 1981-1982 EP repress.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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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 Bill Pearis
Toronto indie rock quartet Hooded Fang will release their third album, Gravez, on May 28 via Full Time Hobby. It's the follow-up to 2011's underrated Tosta Mista and, like it, the new one is packed with trippy, organ-fueled, party-friendly garage pop. You can stream Graves' title track below.
Hooded Fang are gearing up for a North American tour that will hit NYC on June 4 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
photos by David Andrako
Bleached on the Bruise Cruise - 6/16/12
With the backdrop of a beautiful day on Lake Ontario, the M for Montreal Bruise Cruise set sail on the afternoon of June 16th, the third day of the NXNE festival in Toronto. Featuring appearances from headliners Bleached, Mac DeMarco (who also played on Thursday), Teenanger, Hooded Fang, and back-in-action NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin. Pictures from the cruise are below.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...