PRINCE JOSH (Josh McIntyre) returns with new single “The Glory (Reprise)” (photo and visualizer by Austin Hutchings), from his upcoming album out later this year on Hand Drawn Dracula.
Best known as half of the electronic pop duo Prince Innocence as well as the Mexican Summer / Captured Tracks post-punk outfit Little Girls. Prince Josh released his debut album The Joy (2020) to resounding critical acclaim followed by remixes and singles for Nervous Records, Kitsune, and Italians Do It Better.
The song was recorded in spring 2021 with the help of producer Joel Ford and marked a stylistic shift from his hazy lo-fi take on dance music to a crisp three dimensional sound. Having hit a wall trying to find material to sample he started writing full songs with the intention of ripping them apart to create something new. The idea evolved into a process of recording two separate works for each track. The song features chopped and screwed vocals from a piano ballad recorded with singer Lauren Armstrong. “The Glory (Reprise)” is just a small piece of a much larger musical puzzle.
LITTLE GIRLS‘ catalogue is now available on all streaming platforms via Hand Drawn Dracula Records Worldwide!!!!
In the span of three years, LITTLE GIRLS (aka Josh McIntyre) released five singles, two EPs and 2 LPs on a variety of indie labels including Mexican Summer, Captured Tracks, Sixteen Tambourines, Paper Bag, and Hand Drawn Dracula. Garnering critical acclaim from some of the most respected voices in the industry; Gorilla vs Bear, Dazed, Nylon, Fader, and Stereogum.
McIntyre has become a sought-after producer, songwriter, and DJ. As well as developing as one half of the electronic pop duo Prince Innocence, and under his solo moniker PRINCE JOSH. His solo debut album, The Joy, was named one of CBC Music‘s “Best Albums of 2020“.
“muddy and murky yet epic and grandiose” – THE GUARDIAN
“laced with a gloomy, almost sinister nostalgia that seems to haunt all of his/their work” – GORILLA VS BEAR
“Toronto’s Little Girls rarely stray from excellence… Hell’s teeth, it’s strong hooch. Don’t listen before bed.” – NME
“these are jams—check them out, and if you’re down, envelop yourself in the Little Girls explosion” – FADER
2011 Cults – STREAM / BANDCAMP
2009 Concepts – STREAM / BANDCAMP
2009 Tambourine – STREAM / BANDCAMP
2009 Thrills – STREAM / BANDCAMP
BONNIE TRASH, Canadian-Italian twin sisters Emmalia and Sarafina Bortolon-Vettor, share “Shades Of You” video from their new Hail, Hale! EP out March 1st worldwide via Hand Drawn Dracula.
The EP is also included as bonus tracks on the new deluxe CD edition of their debut album Malocchio, also out March 1st via France’s dark wave / goth imprint Unknown Pleasures Records (EU/UK).
Commenting on the track and video, the band say: “This song is about the bumps on your skin when you’re scared and the jolt in your legs just before you fall asleep. Who or what is causing this? Something or someone is haunting you and it lingers. We initially shot the video with the idea of being delivered from a sea of ghosts. The video shows how the curse travelled to reach its next heirs, taking on many different shades of fear and forms. Never doubt the ghosts who follow you. “
“Best of 2022: Canada’s Most Under – Appreciated Artists” “safe to say their haunting sounds won’t be among our best-kept secrets for much longer” – EXCLAIM!
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02/18 – London ON – Winter Spectacular w/ Ombiigizi, METZ
02/25 – Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace w/ Tallies
03/10 – NYC NY – New Colossus Fest – Planetary Group Showcase – Pianos (12:45pm)
03/10 – NYC NY – New Colossus Fest – Bowery Electric (7:15)
03/24 – London ON – Palasad Socialbowl w/ Ian Blurton’s Future Now
03/25 – Hamilton ON – The Casbah w/ Ian Blurton’s Future Now
04/08 – Toronto ON – The Bovine w/ Ian Blurton’s Future Now
05/28 – Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace w/ Jasmyn, Dilly Dally
06/07-10 – St John’s NL – Lawnya Vawnya Festival
FAKE PALMS‘ self-tiled 2015 debut album is now available on Hand Drawn Dracula Records!
Toronto band Fake Palms, came together as a collection of bedroom demos recorded with a broken drum machine by Michael le Riche in 2011, the project morphed into a band in early 2015 when le Riche brought together longtime contributors of Toronto’s music scene. In keeping with Fake Palms’ stripped back bedroom origins, the group value simplicity and directness. For le Riche this approach is almost an idealogical dictate, “our intention is to do the most we can with the limitations we put on ourselves,” he says, “no backing tracks, no samples etc. We want to make music that is an honest representation of the four of us in a room at that time.” (via NORTHERN TRANSMISSIONS)
“glitters with suspense” – FADER
“Fuzzy and grungy, bombastic and loud, Fake Palms are melodious tune makers with traditional pop sensibilities living in a world of overheated amps” – 8/10 EXCLAIM
“one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the thriving Toronto music scene” – NORTHERN TRANSMISSIONS
“If you dig dark post-punk you should definitely check it out” – BROOKLYN VEGAN
“a veritable Toronto underground supergroup” – PITCHFORK
BONNIE TRASH, the work of Canadian-Italian twin sisters Emmalia and Sarafina Bortolon-Vettor, share two final pre-release singles from their debut album, ‘Malocchio’, set for release on October 28th via Hand Drawn Dracula.
‘Malocchio’ takes its name from the Italian word for a hex or curse, inspired by folklore and stories handed down to the twins by their Italian grandma, Nonna Maria. Latest single “Silence is a Killer“ (directed by Bonnie Trash and shot and edited by Sara May) sees them embody the malocchio, writing a love letter to its recipient.
Commenting on the track, the band say: “Infatuated with the soul it captures, the malocchio becomes one with you. And you? You eerily love every minute of it. It tricks you into thinking this is now your life, drenched in evil. It will haunt you until the end. How can you break the curse? “Silence Is A Killer” is a lyric video following a Trevisani recipe on how to remove a malocchio, or at least buy some time: boil and burn all the feathers in your pillow, then throw them in the river.”
“The malocchio follows you. It is a fear that lingers. It will wait for you, and it wants to see you cry. “Lashes on Fire” is an open dialogue between you and the malocchio. How it talks to you, haunts you, and invades every waking thought. The “Lashes on Fire” visualizer contrasts fuzzy footage with clear imagery of eyes full of grief. It’s the contrast of trying to run away from something (in this case, embodied by a shadowy ghoul – the malocchio). You try to run away, yet it catches up to you. Rather, it’s always here. Watching you. And you? You’re watching it too.”
“From PJ Harvey to Siouxsie & the Banshees, there is an ancestral line directly tying them together and recalling emotions from the past. And that’s what Bonnie Trash is: a legacy. Gothic punk is diluted with a romantic rock to form a sound that, all at once, encompasses history” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT : ON THE RISE
“The Guelph duo share their Nonna’s tales of supernatural terror and preserve her Trevisàn dialect” – EXCLAIM! MAGAZINE: INTERVIEW
“Bonnie Trash channels goth inspiration from Italian roots – into one of this year’s most captivating releases” – THE STAR
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October 28 – Toronto ON – ESG Zero w/ Twin Rains
October 29 – Guelph ON – 10C w/ Status/Non-Status
November 05 – Sarnia ON – Cinegaze Afterparty @ Maud’s Variety
November 24 – Toronto ON – The Garrison w/ Roach, Praises
TALLIES share a new version of their recent single, “Special” featuring Michael Peter Olsen (Drake, Ed Sheeran, Wolf Alice) on cello. It’s a new version of the track that was released initially as part of their second album, Patina which is out now via Kanine, Bella Union and Hand Drawn Dracula Records.
Patina found support at Stereogum, Paste, Clash, Under the Radar, Exclaim, CBC Radio, Brooklyn Vegan and more. The band is set to hit the road this month in the UK and Europe ticking off a string of shows including a stop with RIDE and Rolling Stone Beach with Black Country New Road, RIDE and Teenage Fanclub.
Coming produced by Graham Walsh (of Holy Fuck, previously helmed records by METZ and Alvvays) alongside Dylan Frankland of the band at Palace Sound, Baskitball 4 Life and Candle Recording in Toronto, the recent album, Patina arrives as a true labor of love; one that was delayed due to the pandemic but ultimately marks a truly rewarding collection for the band. Upon sharing the music with labels, it pricked the ears of Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde – a hero of the band – who signed Tallies to his Bella Union label, providing “a light at the end of a dark tunnel” according to Sarah Cogan of the band.
19 OCT Paris FR – Supersonic
20 OCT Rotterdam NL – Left Of The Dial Festival
24 OCT Southampton UK – Heartbreakers
26 OCT Cardiff UK – Downstairs, Clwb Ifor Bach
27 OCT Manchester UK – Guillevers
28 OCT Nottingham UK – Rough Trade
29 OCT Liverpool UK – Kazimier Stockroom
30 OCT Leeds UK – Headrow House
31 OCT Edinburgh UK – Voodoo Rooms
01 NOV Sunderland UK – Pop Recs
03 NOV Brighton UK – Mutations Festival
04 NOV London UK – Sebright Arms
06 NOV Bristol UK – Louisiana
09 NOV Berlin DE – Monarch
10 NOV Prague CZ – Chapeau Rouge
11 NOV Weissenhäuser Strand DE – Rolling Stone Beach w/ Black Country New Road, RIDE, Teenage Fanclub
14 NOV Cologne DE – Die hängenden Gärten von Ehrenfeld
15 NOV Dusselfdorf DE – Zakk w/ RIDE
YOUNG GUV releases a video for “April Of My Life” from GUV III & IV. Premiering on RAVEN SINGS THE BLUES, who also named GUV III amongst their FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2022 calling the LP “a swooning wave of lovelorn odes.”
“By this time you should have been able to absorb the latest double dose of pop from Young Guv, his second such set in the last few years. Ben Cook offers up a nice look back on the inspirations and inception for Guv’s III and IV in the video for “April of My Life,” one of the more languid corners of the set. Culled from footage shot during his stints in New mexico, California, and Oaxaca Mexico, the homegrown video fits the song’s easy sway — hung on a slight tangle of strums and plaintive flute. The records are out now as single entities or as a double set from Run for Cover and Hand Drawn Dracula.” – RAVEN SINGS THE BLUES
NO JOY’s catalogue is now available on Hand Drawn Dracula Records Canada!!!! With a penchant for delay-saturated jangle, industrial distortion, and sludgey drones over disco beats with leveled-up expertise in production, NO JOY has showcased and evolved their sound through these pivotal Canadian releases.
Following their acclaimed 2010 debut, Ghost Blonde, No Joy released the five-song EP Negaverse, a mini album that highlighted “both the intimacy and intricacy of their song-craft.” “With their strong second full-length Wait to Pleasure, No Joy transcended the faithful shoegaze revivalism of their 2010 debut by yanking melodies out of their thick, fuzzy guitar stew and operating with previously unforeseen refinement and clarity” (Pitchfork). That same year they released the “fleeting yet revelatory” (Exclaim) Pastel & Pass Out EP to coincide with their 2013 European tour. On 2015’s More Faithful, No Joy “pulled off one hell of a trick: by the time it’s over, you’re wondering how a record so precise, so considered, can sound so gloriously laid-back” (The Line Of Best Fit).
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2010 Ghost Blonde – BANDCAMP / STREAM
2012 Negaverse – BANDCAMP / STREAM
2013 Wait To Pleasure – BANDCAMP / STREAM
2013 Pastel & Pass Out – BANDCAMP / STREAM
2015 More Faithful – BANDCAMP / STREAM
NOV 19 / Berlin, DE – Synaesthesie Festival w/ Sonic Boom, Tricky, Slowdive
NOV 22 / Montreal, CA – Bar Le Ritz w/ Preoccupations
NOV 24 / Toronto, CA – Lees Palace w/ Preoccupations
FAKE PALMS, the project of Toronto-based musician, Michael le Riche is today sharing the new single “Flags” and video (directed by Justis Krar) as the final advance preview of his new record, Lemons which is set for release via Hand Drawn Dracula on Friday, September 16.
“Flags” arrives as the final preview of the new record which, as a full piece, circles around outsider-pop, post-punk and the sound of early/mid-naughts British indie-rock. Swirling guitars bounce off of each other circling around fervent percussion before shifting into something harder-hitting across the chorus. Speaking about the single, Michael says: “‘Flags’ is a song about having to find where you fit within the machinery. Is it comfortable? Is it against what your beliefs are? Do you want to do it or do you have to do it? Do you feel like a traitor? Or are you scared at how much you actually enjoy it? We all seem to have these specters we answer to, these things we rally for or against subconsciously. This is kind of about what happens when you are forced to stare your decisions in the face.”
The new record evolves from the 00’s angular guitar rhythms that defined the post-punk foundations of Fake Palms’ first two releases. Lemons switches out some of the irregular time-signatures of 70’s college rock and first-take recording approach, this time moving with confidence into more dissonant yet accessible directions of brighter melodic structures.
Michael le Riche called upon a veritable who’s who of Toronto indie-dom for Lemons, drawing from the ranks of Dilly Dally (Ben Reinhartz), Ducks Ltd (Evan Lewis), Sauna (Braeden Craig), and Twist (Laura Hermiston). Taking to Candle Recording studio with long-time contributor, co-producer, and engineer Josh Korody (Breeze, Beliefs), the songwriting dove headlong even further into dream-math-punk sensibilities.
“The hooks are sharp, the rhythms choppy, the vocals achingly cool. If you’ve ever found yourself enjoying The Modern Lovers, The Strokes, Parquet Courts, Cage the Elephant or any number of similar rhythm groups, then you’ll find something here to devour” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“with expert guitar and drum work that harkens to the best of roaring indie rock, equal parts chaos and control, Lemons is a zesty, life-affirming punch to the gut” – EXCLAIM!
“a fine set of spiky post-punk inflected with surf, motorik prog and other styles, combining angular guitars, driving rhythms and often-dystopian lyrics” – KEXP
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Following years of international touring, her much-loved debut album ‘Blood Hot‘, and a lengthy list of collaborations with Brian Jonestown Massacre‘s Anton Newcombe, TESS PARKS‘ newly-released and critically-acclaimed album, ‘And Those Who Were Seen Dancing‘, is now available on an HDD exclusive Sky Blue pressing of 200.
“A confident, enchanting presence” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Deliciously smoky psych-pop” – STEREOGUM
“And Those Who Were Seen Dancing demands to be heard and felt” – EXCLAIM!
“dreamy soundscapes that flit between shoegaze and psychedelia” – UNCUT
“A mesmerizing album full of textures and layers” – UNDER THE RADAR
TESS PARKS newly-released solo album, ‘And Those Who Were Seen Dancing’ is available now on Fuzz Club and Hand Drawn Dracula Records. Alongside the new album, Parks has also announced UK/EU tour and festival dates in support. (photo by Emma-Parks)
SEP 03 / Manchester, UK / Manchester Psych Festival
SEP 09 / Vexin-Sur-Epte, FR / Rock In The Barn Festival
SEP 10 / Leffinge, BE / Leffingeleuren Festival
SEP 14 / Nantes, FR / Scene Michelet
SEP 15 / Paris, FR / La Maroquinerie
SEP 16 / Lille, FR / Strawberry Fields
SEP 20 / Genova, IT / Sant’Andrea Monastery
SEP 21 / Roma, IT / Teatro Garbatella
SEP 22 / Milan, IT / Circolo Bellezza
SEP 23 / Bologna, IT / Covo Club
SEP 25 / Amsterdam, NL / Paradiso
OCT 02 / Norwich, UK / Norwich Psych Festival
OCT 25 / Brighton, UK / The Green Door Store
OCT 26 / Newcastle, UK / Cluny2
OCT 27 / Glasgow, UK / Stereo
OCT 28 / Leeds, UK / Hyde Park Book Club
OCT 29 / Liverpool, UK / Phantasmagoria
NOV 18 / Hamburg, DE / Molotow
NOV 19 / Berlin, DE / Syansthesie Festival
NOV 22 / Cologne, DE / Bumann & Sohn
NOV 23 / Stuttgart, DE / Merlin
NOV 24 / Munich, DE / Import Export
NOV 25 / Graz, AU / Autumn Leaves Festival
NOV 26 / Vienna, AU / Flex
NOV 28 / Konstanz, DE / Kulturladen
NOV 29 / Zurich, SW / Bogan F
NOV 30 / La Chaux-de-Fonds, SW / Bikini Test
DEC 01 / Nurnberg, DE / Z-Bau
DEC 02 / Darmstadt, DE / 806sqm