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Toronto death rockers DERMABRASION share their latest single, “Psychic Event,” via FLOOD MAGAZINE. The band’s debut full-length Pain Behaviour, produced with Josh Korody (Fucked Up, Breeze, Beliefs, Traitrs), is out January 26th via Hand Drawn Dracula.

“There’s references to skin, flesh, or body on almost every song on Pain Behaviour, but ‘Psychic Event’ is the fleshiest,” explains McGouran. “A misquote from an adaptation of a Ballard novel provides the name, the intersections of sainthood and suffering provide the meat and bones. Taking inspiration from Videodrome and Tassaert’s painting The Temptation of Saint Hilarion, this song is somewhat of the record’s thesis statement. A meditation on an obsession with the body—one’s own, another’s, positive or negative. The track’s textured tones and slower, more subdued tempo help ensure maximum brooding and ruminating.” – DERMABRASION


“a timeless classic which will span many generations to come – early contender for my album of the year” – ALBUM OF THE WEEK / LOUDER THAN WAR

“If an atmospheric goth rock record is what they wanted, they were ridiculously successful. 9/10” – CULT MTL

“Interview: Pain Behaviour is definitely the knock out blow” – COLORISING

“Interview: That One Song” – BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR BREAKFAST

“ain Behaviour chews up and spits out sonic motifs across 10 tracks” – KOOLROCK RADIO

“Playlisted: superb debut album, Pain Behaviour” – GET IN HER EARS

“a solid and distinct statement of arrival … Recommended” – I DIE YOU DIE

“Like peers in sounds and style Drab Majesty and Boy Harsher … only the truly sensitive can screech sermons so solipsistically salvational. Listen up.” 5/5 REVIEWMUSIC NEWS

“a moody mix of the Sisters Of Mercy and Bauhaus, topped with Siouxsie Sioux vocals. That’s no mean feat…” – CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“for those who like goth rock scintillatingly intense, brimming with electronic percussion and only just on the right side of horrifying” – ISSUE110ELECTRONIC SOUND MAGAZINE

“debut album runs the gamut from industrialist new wave to punky death rock – invoke the abrasive history of hardcore” – FLOOD MAGAZINE


PAIN BEHAVIOUR: VARIOUS / BANDCAMP / SPOTIFY / APPLE

See Dermabrasion live:
March 14 – Toronto CA – BSMT 254 w/ Sundowner, Kleener, Oil Giant
March 15 – London CA – Holy Diver w/ Sundowner, Mononegatives, Goon
March 16 – Hamilton CA – Vertigogo w/ Sundowner
April 06 – Sudbury CA – The Townehouse w/ Only God Forgives
April 26 – Sarnia CA – Refined Fool, EmptyFest w/ Slash Need

Toronto death rockers DERMABRASION share their new single, “Magic Missile,” the third track from Pain Behaviour, the band’s debut full-length coming out via Hand Drawn Dracula on January 26th. Following “Goblin Dance,” released late last year, the single offers another example of their collaboration with producer Josh Korody (Fucked Up, Breeze, Beliefs, Traitrs).

Toronto director Shelby Wilson (The Straight Ball (2022), We Need To Talk About Diseases (2022)) produced and directed the video that features a cast in handmade masks at a foreboding garage sale. While the video takes loose inspiration from the 2008 performance art piece The Price Master, the pathetic fallacy on the rainy, single-day production in May 2022 was simply fate.

Pain Behaviour chews up and spits out sonic motifs across 10 tracks that piece together a collection of influences reflecting the years both musicians have spent skulking around their city’s nightlife. The full pastiche of the band’s ersatz dogma is best demonstrated in the wicked anthem heralding the album’s halfway point, “Magic Missile.” Over a thunderous kick drum and snare hits that crack like a whip, the query curls like smoke: When the gods falter, what size are the faults?

“the wicked anthem, Magic Missile – Over a thunderous kick drum and snare hits that crack like a whip” – CIRCUIT SWEET

“Dermabrasion share new single & video ‘Magic Missile'” – SHE MAKES MUSIC

“Creators of brooding gothic anthems that rumble with discontent” – FIVE FAVOURITES / GET IN HER EARS

“a heavy sonic blow that crushes anything in its path” – COLORISING

“Evil and menacing … exciting and explosive!” – INDIE FOR BUNNIES

“a grimy gothic punk soundtrack” – EXCLAIM!

“far more pure riffage and weighty undercarriage than we ever got from the Bay Area post-hardcore/goth nexus decades back” – I DIE YOU DIE

“Dermabrasion sound like some macabre approximation of Siouxsie & the Banshees going on an acid binge with Locust Abortion Technician-era Butthole Surfers” – BEATS PER MINUTE

“The Best New Music” – CRACK MAGAZINE

“CHART: Best New Music” – KERRANG!

“NME’S NEW BANGERS” – NME


PAIN BEHAVIOUR: PRE-SAVE / BANDCAMP

See Dermabrasion live:
12th Jan – Toronto CA – The Monarch / Class of 2024 Series

NEW! DERMABRASION share the second single, “Goblin Dance,” off their debut album Pain Behaviour, out January 26th, 2024 via Hand Drawn Dracula. A fascination with the corporeal form and the occult thread through the record. With allusions to Roman Catholicism, LaVeyan Satanism and genre fiction, the songs investigate shame, power, duty and inhabiting a human body. The album’s statement is honed to a menacing edge with a sound swinging in the directions of first wave and contemporary post-punk, industrial, and NWOBHM.

Dermabrasion’s new take on “Goblin Dance,” appearing first on their debut “Lunate” EP, smacks of Godflesh with a backhand of classic hip-hop as it oscillates between acidic highs and lows. Produced by Josh Korody (Fucked Up, Nailbiter, Beliefs) along with the rest of forthcoming full length, “Pain Behaviour,” the presence his expertise brings to the drum tracks hone the song’s haunting, lo-fi groove to a sharp and menacing edge. While audio production on the track takes a notable leap, the accompanying lyric video maintains a low-fi spirit as it cross-dissolves its way through beloved internet detritus of the last two decades.

“Goblin Dance by Dermabrasion – VIDEO OF THE DAY” – NORTHERN TRANSMISSIONS

“another immense creation where the density just devours. It’s a mighty composition that screams chaos – Once again, providing that this pair are essential” – CIRCUIT SWEET

“the drum tracks hone the song’s haunting, lo-fi groove to a sharp and menacing edge” – SHE MAKES MUSIC

“an edgy blend of post-punk, industrial, and noise rock equipped with heavy, warped guitar lines, crushing drums and the riotous vocals of Kat McGouran” – COLORISING

“This is only the second track I’ve heard from Dermabrasion, but the Toronto-based duo are fast becoming firm favourites of mine. Such a banger!” – GET IN HER EARS

“Definitely dark and evil, with guitar slashes and screams that precisely hit the ears of the listener – exciting and unstoppable!” – INDIE FOR BUNNIES

“Hardcore riffs dressed for goth night at the sports bar” – BIZZARRE

“second sinister preview of the band’s upcoming debut LP Pain Behaviour” – SOME PARTY

“the primitive darkwave rhythms start to unfurl and swallow us all up within the confines of a gothic palace of noise” – LOUDER THAN WAR


PAIN BEHAVIOUR: PRE-SAVE / BANDCAMP


11/18/23 Toronto CA – Owls Club w/ Bonnie Trash
12/01/23 Sarnia CA – Maud’s Variety w/ Hot Garbage
12/02/23 Guelph CA – Tabu w/ Hot Garbage, Bonnie Trash
01/12/24 Toronto CA – Lee’s Palace / Class of 2024 Showcase

DERMABRASION share the first single & video for “Halberdier” off their debut album Pain Behaviour, out January 26th, 2024 via Hand Drawn Dracula. A fascination with the corporeal form and the occult thread through the record. With allusions to Roman Catholicism, LaVeyan Satanism and genre fiction, the songs investigate shame, power, duty and inhabiting a human body. Produced by Josh Korody (Fucked Up, Nailbiter, Breeze, Beliefs, Vallens), the album’s statement is honed to a menacing edge with a sound swinging in the directions of first wave and contemporary post-punk, industrial, and NWOBHM.

The video for Halberdier is a frenzied series of clips captured by members of the crowd at a generator show in Toronto’s east end this past summer. Under a single bulb’s light the band and crowd writhe among a pile of industrial dirt from more than 10 different perspectives pasted and strung together in a kaleidoscopic mess.

“An ominous cacophony of industrial-tinged post punk – a heavy, brooding gothic anthem” – GET IN HER EARS

“Firstly, prepare to be blown away by the sheer weight of this release and the fact the duo has delivered one of the most audacious arrangements yet” – CIRCUIT SWEET

“rocks like a demon” “echoes subterranean, post-industrial vibe” – GOD IS IN THE TV

“A crunching statement of intent” – CLASH MAGAZINE


PAIN BEHAVIOUR: PRE-SAVE / BANDCAMP
PRESS: CLASH MAGAZINE / GET IN HER EARS / THE PUNK SITE / SOUNDSPHERE / COLORISING / LOUDHACKER / NICHE MUSIC / CIRCUIT SWEET / SOME PARTY / GOD IS IN THE TV

09/13/23 Prague, CZ – Underdogs w/ Bibione, Sinks
11/18/23 Toronto CA – Owls Club w/ Bonnie Trash
12/01/23 Sarnia CA – Maud’s Variety w/ Hot Garbage
12/02/23 Guelph CA – Tabu w/ Hot Garbage, Bonnie Trash
01/12/24 Toronto CA – Lee’s Palace w/ Class of 2024 Showcase