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STREAM: Odonis Odonis – “Are We Friends”  


Today Toronto’s Odonis Odonis release their latest single “Are We Friends.” The song, already a staple of their live shows, is a continuation of the blistering fury loosed on the public earlier this year in the form of the Better EP. Stream the track over at Stereogum.

Though they’re known for sinuous surf riffs, those tides are tamed for now, exposing the band at their most elemental: insistent industrial rhythms and noise. The song begins calmly enough, but waves of panic peak and break each time Dean Tzenos sings the refrain. His voice becomes exceedingly frantic as his prospects grow more and more dim– his questioning never gets an answer, save for the weight of what’s left unsaid.

The song is available for digital download on iTunes and Bandcamp.


Odonis Odonis are Dean Tzenos, Denholm Whale and Jarod Gibson.

When it came time to perform Odonis Odonis’ 2011 debut, Hollandaze, Tzenos recruited the help of Whale and Gibson, local musicians who he knew he could trust to bring a live intensity and craft to his songs.

The band supported the record all over North America and Europe with the likes of A Place to Bury Strangers, The Soft Moon, Ty Segall, and Chelsea Wolfe, as well as fellow Torontonians Metz.

“Are We Friends” is the next step for the band, following the release of their Better EP, which came out in April 2013 via Buzz Records.

Tour Dates:
09/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio *
09/28 – Montreal, QC – Club Lambi (Buzz/NeXT Showcase @ POP Montreal)
10/18 and 10/19 – New York, NY – CMJ
11/29 – Hamilton, ON – Baltimore House #
11/30 – London, ON – APT #

* = w/ HSY, ERAAS
# = w/ Teenanger, Soupcans

The band will be joined by Buzz label mates HSY and Weaves at both this year’s POP Montreal, and CMJ Music Festival in New York.


Buzz Records was founded in 2011 as a garage venue that hosted mostly local punk and noise bands, and soon grew into a cross-genre hub of local and touring acts like White Lung, Doldrums, Mood Rings, and Odonis Odonis. Since the demise of the venue in late 2012, the Buzz crew of Ian Chai, Dean Tzenos, and venue co-founders Jude and Denholm Whale have been dedicated to releasing music that has come out of this small, dirty pocket of Toronto. Buzz has recently released music by Weaves, Odonis Odonis and HSY.

Odonis Odonis
Are We Friends
(Buzz Records)
Street Date: Sept 16, 2013

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