Life on the road will play havoc with your head. If anyone can vouch for that it’s Canadian garage outfit Hooded Fang. Coming over like a spate of incurable sleep paralysis where fantasy and reality meet, the band’s unreal tour bus lifestyle is revealed through ‘Gravez’ – their equally mind-bending brand new album.
“We’ve been to the moon and back. There were really amazing times and really rough times… like any journey to the moon,” reveals bassist April Aliermo. “We ate crocodile balls, slept on floors and couches, watched TV and movies, and looked out the window in between. All this steady instability must have influenced Gravez.”
Overflowing with the taught energy of their live shows and the sound of a found kinship within the band, ‘Gravez‘ represents a collective who have found their stride. Through the album’s mixture of live band recordings done in their friend’s studio and a bunch of tweaked home ‘demos’ recorded by Dan in his bedroom, what you never get is the blinding sheen of over-production.
“This is our first album as this line-up, and the first time that we got together in a studio to record live off the floor… we’ve toured a lot, so we felt comfortable playing together,” they say.
Joining Dan, Hooded Fang is April Aliermo (bass), Lane Halley (guitar), and D.Alex Meeks (drums). That the group even had time to write, let alone record a brand new record is a surprise. Aside from main band duties they continue to play in numerous side-projects, run a label (Daps Records) and work at April’s artist-led playschool, giving kids music lessons as well as putting on a host of all-ages shows. “We have a lot of different projects on the go. Hut, Phedre, Lee Paradise to name a few… it’s one evolving sound that comes out in different ways.”
And yet, ‘Gravez‘ is a carrot-shaped beacon dangling on the horizon. “We still have a lot of material, both live-band recorded, and home recorded. They just didn’t fit on this specific record, so we’ll release it later”. Hooded Fang‘s wheels are well and truly in motion; this is a band whose relentless work ethic is due as much recognition for being as wildly imaginative as it is raw. Hop on board, and join them for the ride.
05/29 London, ON – Call the Office
05/30 Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
05/31 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
06/03 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
06/04 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
06/05 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
06/06 Washington, DC – Black Cat
06/07 Cleveland, OH – Bad Racket
06/08 St. Louis, MO – Heavy Anchor
06/09 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
06/12 Winnipeg, AB – Royal Albert Arms
06/13 Saskatoon, SK – MOSO Fest at Vangelis
06/14 Edmonton, AB – Brixx
06/15 Calgary, AB – Palomino
06/16 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
06/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon Lounge
06/18 Eugene, OR – Cozmic Lounge
06/20 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
06/21 Los Angeles, CA -Viper Room
06/23 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar