YOUNG GUV, aka songwriter Ben Cook (ex-Fucked Up, No Warning), has returned with the announcement of his new double album GUV III & IV. The first installment, GUV III, is due out March 11th from Run For Cover Records (ROW) and Hand Drawn Dracula (Canada) and it’s an absolute power pop masterpiece. Packed from front to back with undeniable hooks and crunchy guitars, the record offers Cook’s most instantly gratifying songs yet.
Young Guv has kicked off release with a bang, sharing the album’s massive first single “Lo Lo Lonely.” With its overdriven chords, stomping beat, and anthemic chorus, “Lo Lo Lonely” is the kind of swaggering guitar pop anthem that would make a Gallagher brother proud.
Young Guv has a lengthy run of shows lined up in support of GUV III, starting with a US tour with Narrow Head in November, and then heading to Europe and the UK early next year.
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11/23/21 Austin TX : Yellow Jacket Social Club
11/22/21 Dallas TX : Cheapsteaks
11/21/21 Oklahoma City OK : 89th Street OKC w/ Narrow Head
11/20/21 Memphis TN : Growlers w/ Narrow Head
11/19/21 Lake Saint Louis MO : Sink Hole w/ Narrow Head
11/18/21 Chicago IL : Subterranean w/ Narrow Head
11/17/21 Cleveland OH : Now That’s Class w/ Narrow Head
11/16/21 Detroit MI : The Sanctuary w/ Narrow Head
11/15/21 Syracuse NY : The Vineyard w/ Narrow Head
11/14/21 Philadelphia PA : Foto Club w/ Narrow Head
11/13/21 Cambridge MA : Hardcore Stadium w/ Narrow Head
11/12/21 Brooklyn NY : Saint Vitus w/ Narrow Head
11/10/21 Baltimore MD : Ottobar w/ Narrow Head
11/09/21 Richmond VA : The Camel w/ Narrow Head
11/08/21 Carrboro NC : Cat’s Cradle w/ Narrow Head
11/06/21 Nashville TN : High Watt w/ Narrow Head
11/05/21 Atlanta GA : The Masquerade w/ Narrow Head
11/04/21 Birmingham AL : Seasick Records w/ Narrow Head
With tips from PITCHFORK, BANDCAMP, EXCLAIM, NPR, KEXP, CLASH and STEREOGUM for his recently released album, ONLY UP, Toronto’s BREEZE (aka Josh Korody) is today sharing a Justis Krar directed video for “Ecstasy On Keele Street” as well as MIXED UP, a collection of reimagined tracks taken from ONLY UP. Contributors on the new EP include A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, JFK MSTRKRFT, KOREA TOWN ACID, PRINCE JOSH, WETURNTORED, and ZOON.
More praise rolls in for BREEZE from CLASH, KEXP, EXCLAIM, FRED PERRY, and WHOOOSH (Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran’s show on SiriusXM). Now BREEZE shares a “LIVE IN STUDIO” video recorded at Josh Korody’s Candle Recording studio and featuring album collaborators Cadence Weapon, Kyle Edward Connolly (The Seams, Orville Peck) and Dylan Frankland (Tallies).
“A rising electro-psych artist makes a bold new impression” – “a carefully curated serum of distortion that pushes several genres to their limits in the best way possible ~ if you survived the voyage, you’ll be pressing repeat immediately” – CLASH
“Fred Perry Q&A / Subculture Profile” – FRED PERRY UK
“New Music Reviews / a colorful, rhythm-driven sound” – KEXP
“This Month’s Essential New Releases / ONLY UP – envisions a technicolour future” – EXCLAIM
“Whooosh! w/ Simon Le Bon & Katty Krasner on SiriusXM” – WHOOOSH!
With tips from Bandcamp, Exclaim, NPR, Stereogum and more, Toronto’s BREEZE (aka Josh Korody) share a Justis Krar directed video for “LET IT IN” and release the new album ONLY UP featuring guests from the Toronto scene including Cadence Weapon, Tess Parks, Zoon, Vallens, Fake Palms, Praises, Ducks Ltd, Tallies, Broken Social Scene and more.
“#1 on NACC’s “Alternative Specialty” Canadian Broadcast Chart” – Week of Aug 25 / BREAKING ALT
“a fun, referential mix that celebrates the idealized hedonism of his favorite records” – PITCHFORK
“the exhilarating mishmash Korody achieves with Only Up – simultaneously offering up a reimagination of Manchester’s swirling ’90s peak, while at the same time feeling futuristic and unfamiliar” – ALL MUSIC
“Only Up is a playful mix of shoegaze, Britpop, and disco” – NEW & NOTABLE / DAILY BANDCAMP
“vital, recreational, stimulating – Breeze Unites Toronto’s Shattered Music Scene on Only Up” – EXCLAIM
“Josh Korody and Oliver Ackermann (A Place to Bury Strangers) dive deep on their recording processes, the new Breeze record, and more” – TALKHOUSE
“squelching acid basslines with Stone Roses-esque drum-breaks and endlessly memorable melodies” – THE MOST RADICALIST
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PRAISES (aka the project of Jesse Crowe of BELIEFS) is today sharing their new single “Apples For My Love” – the track follows the XLR8R, EXCLAIM, INDIE88, and VANYALAND-tipped “A World On Fire” – from EP4. This new collection of songs positions itself as a hint towards a larger body of work set for release later this year via Hand Drawn Dracula.
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“Heavily reverbed vocals, keys and percussion conjure minimalism and psychedelia in equal measure” – ESSENTIAL NEW RELEASES / EXCLAIM
“a welcome respite from the optimism of North America in 2021” – EARS TO FEED
“Dreamy vocals, pulsing rhythms, and eerie synths come together to create luxe but ominous atmospheres” – NEW & NOTABLE / DAILY BANDCAMP
“Toronto’s Praises Delivers EP of Woozy, Introspective Electronica” – XLR8R
“Every August Album You Need To Know About” – ET CANADA
BREEZE perform “Ecstasy On Keele Street” for INDIE88’s LIVE FROM HOME series, featured as “ONES TO WATCH” on THE VERGE (SiriusXM), on BIG CITY SMALL WORLD (CBC Radio ONE), and share a Justis Krar directed video for “Hard Boiled Wonderland”. ONLY UP LP lands via Hand Drawn Dracula worldwide August 26th, 2021 and features Cadence Weapon, Tess Parks, Zoon, Vallens, Fake Palms, Praises, Ducks Ltd, Tallies, Broken Social Scene and more.
“With fuzzy synths and a glitchy beat, this track is sure to get you up and dancing” – INDIE88
Toronto-based producer and artist Josh Korody (Nailbiter, Beliefs), who works under the moniker BREEZE, is today sharing his new single and Justis Krar directed video for “Come Around” (featuring Canadian rapper/artist Cadence Weapon). Only Up LP will be released via Hand Drawn Dracula worldwide on August 26th, 2021.
“an intriguing ambience that meshes disco with post-punk, and Rollie Pemberton’s feature makes it even more eclectic” – STEREOGUM
Radio premiere via THE STROMBO SHOW // Video via: NICHE MUSIC, THE INDIE MACHINE, CIRCUIT SWEET, SOME PARTY, BIZZARRE, SPILL, EXCLAIM, INDIE88, STEREOGUM
Written, recorded and mixed in 8 days, Only Up finds Korody enlisting a whirlwind of performances from Tess Parks, Cadence Weapon and an array of the Toronto music scene, including members of Orville Peck, Tallies, Vallens, Zoon, Sauna, Fake Palms, Rapport, Praises, Civic TV, Moon King, Blonde Elvis, For Jane, Ducks Ltd, TOPS and Broken Social Scene. The record sees Korody digging through and channeling three decades of anthemic British bands, from the angular guitars of late 70’s post-punk (Gang Of Four, Wire), to the lush gloom of 80’s electro-pop (Tears for Fears, OMD), with the dance floor psychedelia of the Manchester sound (Primal Scream, Happy Mondays), and through the late ’90s and early 2000s post-punk/new wave revivalists, Only Up celebrates it’s sound cathartically.
PRAISES shares their new video for “A World On Fire,” directed by Jordan Allen, and announce details of a new four-track body of work titled EP4 set for release via Hand Drawn Dracula on August 5, 2021. Pre-order EP4 : here.
“Toronto’s Praises Delivers EP of Woozy, Introspective Electronica” – XLR8R
“With ominous, pulsing instrumentals and shoegazey vocal lines, this ambient tune is definitely a must-listen” – INDIE88
Radio premiere via THE STROMBO SHOW // Video via: EXCLAIM, AUTUMN ROSES, VANYALAND, INDIE MACHINE, CIRCUIT SWEET, WRSZW, NICHE MUSIC, PHOTOGMUSIC, THE MOST RADICALIST, ET CANADA, GET IN HER EARS, XLR8R
On EP4, Praises pushes beyond their recent industrial synth-based offerings, incorporating the intensity of their highly regarded live performances with an intimate, collaborative, and distanced songwriting process. EP4 was composed as a combination of two songs that never felt like they had a home until they were met with two new tracks formed in collaboration with producer, DJ, and performer Shortbloom (aka Sachin Mohindra). In this “grueling time of human reckoning,” the songs on EP4 grew slowly and reflective. This first single, “A World On Fire” digs into themes of mortality, identity and love with Crowe fusing these ideas with his brand of dark, introspective electronica.
Additional distanced players of the EP4 project include members of Chandra, Sauna, Blonde Elvis, For Jane, and Beliefs. The new tracks were mixed by long-time musical partner Josh Korody (BELIEFS, BREEZE) at Toronto’s Candle Studio and mastered by Heather Kirby at Dreamlands.
July 02 2021 / NYC NY / The New Colossus Sessions (5pm ET) w/ Bonnie Trash
Today, NO JOY, the genre-defying project of Jasamine White-Gluz, is releasing their new EP, Can My Daughter See Me From Heaven. The EP features orchestral reimaginings of 4 songs from No Joy’s critically acclaimed 2020 album Motherhood and a cover of Deftones’ “Teenager.”
A close listen to the 5 songs that comprise Can My Daughter See Me From Heaven will reveal the absurdist influences behind the EP: Disney’s 1986 DTV Valentine special, which set tracks like Eurythmics’ “There Must Be An Angel” to classic animation, live reimaginations of ‘90s alt-favorites like Bjork performing “Isobel” with a live orchestra, and inventive instrument expressions of the same era, like steel drums and acoustic guitars on Jane’s Addiction’s “Jane Says.” “Some of those late 90s electronica trip-hop acts involved strings in their live performance. I was interested in that, and with some of them, I was like, ‘Let’s go full Little Mermaid,” White-Gluz says.
To commemorate the release White-Gluz chatted with the multi-instrumentalist Ouri (of Hildegard), who plays on the EP, for TALKHOUSE. She also put together a playlist of influences for BROOKLYN VEGAN, and penned a track by track breakdown of the EP for FLOOD Magazine. Feature: BANDCAMP NEW & NOTABLE, BV INDIE BASEMENT, FILTER, JOURNAL METRO, GORILLA VS BEAR
NO JOY the genre-defying project of Jasamine White-Gluz, has shared a video for their cover of Deftones‘ “Teenager (From Heaven)” from their upcoming release, Can My Daughter See Me From Heaven.
“I have never been shy about my love for Deftones,” says White-Gluz. “White Pony is one of my favorite records of all time and the track Teenager was proof to me that they were a band bigger than any nu-metal confines they were trapped in. It’s such a sensitive and delicate song sequenced right in the center of a very heavy album. We recorded our version completely remotely. Nailah’s harp, Tara’s lapsteel, and Ouri’s experimental cello really capture the emotional feeling I had when I first heard the song as a teenager.”
As a companion & contrast to themes presented on both 2020’s Motherhood and upcoming EP, White-Gluz was interested in the aesthetic tradition of cinema-verite? & youth-directed expression. While the video for the previously released single “Kidder (From Heaven)” was created from the perspective 7-year-old director Sloan, the video for “Teenager (From Heaven)” was directed & shot by 15-year-old Kevin in Arizona.
“I took the videos cause I want something to remember when I grow up. It’s always the small moments like skating around with your friends or walking around your high school campus that means the most,” says the video’s director. “It’s gonna be really cool when I get older and see these old videos with all my old classmates and friends.’