“…biting and hypnotic.” – The FADER
“Underpinned by a vivacious creative spirit that veers past any barriers placed in its way.” – Clash Music
“[Bye Bye Land] kicks in the door and gets to work” – Pitchfork
“The Coral joyriding with Black Lips” – NME
“The new album shows a band willing to break free of past habits and evolve.” – Consequence of Sound
Toronto’s Hooded Fang are set to release their latest album ‘Venus On Edge‘ this week via the band’s own Daps Records. Stream the album in its entirety a day early over at Tiny Mixtapes and on Bandcamp.
Hooded Fang have been a force in Canadian music and beyond for the last few years. To their enormous credit, they continue to blast their sound to smithereens before picking up the most jagged pieces and moving forth.
Where once in their career lead songwriter Daniel Lee would have used lush instrumentation or thick harmony to evoke urgency, Venus on Edge gives us Ritalin tempos and sheet metal guitars, nagging us until there’s no choice but to give them what they want, surrender.
Having written plenty of lyrics in their time, Hooded Fang has already expressed angst, existential crisis wanderings and devastating heartbreak in various ways. Venus on Edge got Hooded Fang writing about subjects like Condominium Developments (Glass Shadows) and White Privilege (Shallow); Corporate Brainwashing (Plastic Love) and The Over-Consumption and Fleeting Nature of Technology (Dead Battery); and things like How Humans Would Stupidly React if Aliens Came to Earth (Impressions).
The combination of Lee’s vocals, Lane Halley‘s manic riffs, April Aliermo‘s hypnotic basslines and D.Alex Meeks‘ spastic rhythms leave the listener confronted with the questions, “Is this too much for you? Can you take it?” Hooded Fang will be touring Canada this summer in support of their new album.
May 31 Montreal, QC – La Plante *
June 01 Kingston, ON – The Mansion *
June 02 Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood *
June 03 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern *#
June 04 Guelph, ON – Kazoo! Fest
June 12 Calgary, AB – Luke’s Drug Mart ~
July 29 Halifax, NS – Seahorse +
July 30 Sackville, NB – Sappy Fest
August 01 Charlottetown, PEI – Baba’s Lounge +
August 04 Fredricton, NB – Reneu +
August 12 Sudbury, ON – Up Fest
August 19 Ottawa, ON – Arboretum Festival ^
* = w/ HSY
# = w/ Germaphobes
~ = w/ Chad Vangaalen
+ = w/ Bart
^ = w/ Metz, Sloan
Artwork by Michael Deforge
Venus On Edge
[Daps Records] Release Date: May 13, 2016