Doomsquad share Pyramids on Mars + announce tour

With their UK debut Total Time due for release 29th April on Bella Union, DOOMSQUAD have today announced news of a 10-date European tour in the second half of May. Following an appearance at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, the details of which will be announced soon, the band will play the below five UK headline shows.

03/15: 7:00pm @ SpiderHouse GTZ BBQ w/ Guerilla Toss
03/16: 9:00pm @ Elysium BELLA UNION showcase w/ Ezra Furman
03/17: Egg Party 12pm – 2pm @ SECRET LOCATION TBA, Austin TX
03/19: 12:30am @ Barracuda M FOR MONTREAL showcase w/ Michael Rault
03/20: Hot Springs AK @ Valley of the Vapors w/ RONiiA
03/21: Nashville TN @ Charlie Bob’s w/ RONiiA
03/22: Chicago IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ RONiiA

20/05/16 : Le Klub – Paris (F)
22/05/16 : The Adelphi club – Hull (UK)
23/05/16 : Head of Steam – Newcastle (UK)
24/05/16 : Glad Cafe – Glasgow (UK)
25/05/16 : Night & Day – Manchester (UK)
26/05/16 : Moth club – London (UK)
27/05/16 : Bar National – Luxemburg (L)
28/05/16 : Trix – Antwerpen (B)
30/05/16 : Paradiso – Amsterdam (NL)

DOOMSQUAD have also revealed another new track entitled ‘Pyramids On Mars’ from the album. Currently premiering on FADER, the track can be heard here…

DOOMSQUAD is psychedelic electronic dance music from Toronto, Canada. Having formed in 2012 siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas soon began to explore trance and electronic beat making. Their shared fascination with dance culture, rhythm, and the unknown, along with their lifelong immersion in the arts, began to manifest as a collective ethos. Before long, DOOMSQUAD had mushroomed into a full-scale art project.

Inspired by some of their favourite artists — Georges Bataille, Richard Tuttle, Tanya Tagaq, and Genesis P-Orridge — DOOMSQUAD travelled to the New Mexican desert to write and record Total Time, creating dark, pulsating beats interspersed with hypnotic, incantatory jams. Upon returning home the band continued to draw inspiration from the Toronto arts community, their friendships and connections led to some fortuitous collaborations, including one with Canadian avant-garde legend, Mary Margaret O’Hara, whose otherworldly vocals grace ‘The Very Large Array.’ The driving, dirty bass lines and analogue layers of effects come care of Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck), who produced and mixed the album.

The record features a number of other contributors: Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up plays guitar. Industrial noise experimenter David Foster aka HUREN offers vocals on ‘Russian Gaze.’ Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia of free-jazz duo Not the Wind, Not the Flag bring instrumentals. And galactic twins Josh and Jesse Hasko, who perform as North America, are also a crucial part of Total Time and this year will become members of DOOMSQUAD’s live act.

Total Time will be released 29th April on Bella Union!

Happy release day, M. Ward!

Bella Union wishes M. Ward a very happy release day!

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Having spent the last decade-and-a-half based in the perennially damp Portland, Oregon, the singer-songwriter and producer has learned how to shine through the soggy gloom by simply embracing its inevitability. With his new album More Rain, Ward has made a true gotta-stay-indoors, rainy-season record that looks upwards through the weather while reflecting on his past.

I think one of the biggest mysteries of America right now is this: How are we able to process unending bad news on Page One and then go about our lives the way the Style section portrays us?” says Ward. “There must be a place in our brains that allows us to take a bird’s-eye view of humanity, and I think music is good at helping people—myself included—go to that place.”

This album finds Ward picking up the tempo and volume a bit from his previous release, 2012’s A Wasteland Companion. Where that record introspectively looked in from the outside, More Rain finds Ward on the inside, gazing out. Begun four years ago and imagined initially as a DIY doo-wop album that would feature Ward experimenting with layering his own voice, it soon branched out in different directions, a move that he credits largely to his collaborators here who include R.E.M.’s Peter BuckNeko CaseK.D. LangThe Secret Sisters, and Joey Spampinato of NRBQ. The result is a collection of upbeat, sonically ambitious yet canonically familiar songs that both propel Ward’s reach and satisfy longtime fans.

Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as his own musical projects.

More Rain is out now!