“Canadian noiseniks Hooded Fang are set to release their fourth album ‘Venus On Edge’ next month, and we have the first play of its second single, ‘Dead Battery’. The track follows ‘Tunnel Vision’ in previewing the album, and ‘Dead Battery’ follows its lead in chaotic fashion. Demonic, screeching guitars lead the track, never relenting. A band for nearly a decade now, ‘Dead Battery’ shows no signs of Hooded Fang mellowing or slowing down – it’s a full-on assault taking them head-first into LP4.” – DIY MAG
(Artwork by Addelle McCauley)
> Toronto band Hooded Fang is never quite the same from one album to the next. On 2013’s Gravez, they wore all the trappings of pleasantly low-fi indie rock while chilling on the beach with semi-surfy vibes. Those crunchy confines have been almost completely shed in favor of a more anxious and hyperactive electronic sound on their latest record, Venus on Edge.
Due May 13th via Daps Records, the new album shows a band willing to break free of past habits and evolve. You can hear it on lead single “A Final Hello”, and once again on new song “Impressions”. Frantic guitars zig-zag like a runner escaping the chugging bassline that stalks behind them. The track winds and twists around the insecurities of new encounters as frontman Daniel Lee delivers the choppy lyrics. “Dust/ Smoke/ Gone/ No life to live,” he sings on the chorus. “Lost/ Drift/ Air/ And feel nothing.”
“You know in E.T., how when he came down, everyone aside from a few got scared and paranoid and basically ruined what could have been a beautiful mutual learning relationship?” the band explains to Consequence of Sound. “This song is about those types of encounters. When people come from a different place and get treated awfully out of fear, jeopardizing possibilities of positivity. This song is written about the visitors that get shunned, and what a loss that is for everybody.” < – Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound
Huckleberry Friend, a Russian video artist, made all the images for this video and put them altogether.
“Toronto’s Hooded Fang have uncovered another preview of their forthcoming Venus on Edge LP, this time via the beautifully twitchy, distorto-pop pound of “A Final Hello.” Though the album sees release May 13 through the band’s own Daps Records, you can welcome the new single into your ears right now. The track begins with a swell of squiggled melody, here supported by a steadfast, distorted strum of bass. The full band bash into the track not soon after, with android-cool vocals slipping into the song’s machinery as it chugs along. The song is being presented in a new music video, which flashes various geometric shapes, neon blurs, possibly a cantaloupe, and assorted Photoshop clip jobs across the screen.”
“Toronto weirdo pop duo Phèdre have been a bit quiet since their 2013 album Golden Age, but it looks like the band is entering into a new period of creativity. April Aliermo and Daniel Lee had been focussing more on their surf rock band Hooded Fang, but they dropped a Phèdre song and music video in November, and today we’re premiering their latest stand-alone single “Zastroszy.”
Compared to the dreamy feel of their earlier work, the new songs suggest a lot more aggression and energy. “Zastroszy” combines an abstracted drum and bass beat with a buzzing square wave bass line, Aliermo’s hypnotic chant-rapping, and Lee’s wistful hook towards the end. It’s still got that murky and psychedelic feel we’ve come to expect from them, but the scary noises and frantic energy make it much less suitable for mellowing out after a night of partying.” – Benjamin Boles, THUMP