Toronto’s Hooded Fang have announced their third full-length release, titled ‘Gravez’. The album will be released in the US on May 28 via the UK label Full Time Hobby and Daps Records will release it in Canada.
Listen to the catchy first single, Graves via Soundcloud below.
The band’s unreal tour bus lifestyle is revealed through ‘Gravez’. “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’.”
‘Gravez’ is a skewed, off-the-wall piece of moving punk pop fiction blurring the boundaries between what’s real and fake, each track powering along like an interstellar joyride through The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. “It’s not called ‘Gravez’ for any real reason but may refer to the impending lurk of death,” reveals singer/producer Dan Lee enigmatically. “Some of it is about instances in life, some of it general imagery, or nonsense.”
There were some changes to the line-up since the last album. “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.”
1. Dry Range Intro
3. Ode to Subterrania
4. Bye Bye Land
6. Sailor Bull
8. Never Minding
10. Dry Range Outro
To promote the album, the band will head out on a full US/Canada tour in late May/June.
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
For more information on Hooded Fang, visit hoodedfang.com.